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Joint Media Release
Mr Tony Abbott, MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for
Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs
Senator Ian Macdonald
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister for the Environment

SIX GREEN CORPS TEAMS TARGET NEW SOUTH WALES


6 August 1998

Six new Green Corps projects announced today for New South Wales will restore vegetation communities including rainforest, control feral animals and noxious plants, and design and maintain walking tracks across the State.

The Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Ian Macdonald, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Tony Abbott, announced 27 new projects, to begin across Australia in September, which will provide places for 270 young Australians aged between 17 and 20.

Senator Macdonald said the projects complemented the Howard Government's environmental rescue package, the $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust, with links to Trust programs such as Bushcare and the National Feral Animal Control Program.

"The teams will work in a range of areas across the State, from Broken Hill to Byron Bay and Newcastle.

"A Green Corps team will work in rainforest regions on the Manning Coastline near Taree. The team will control invasive weeds, plant native plants and collect local seed stock for revegetation projects.

"The project will complement the actions of community groups aiming to preserve the natural heritage values of the region."

Mr Abbott said the Green Corps projects funded so far had been extremely successful. The continued high number of applications showed the program was on the right track in assisting young people to reach their future potential while helping to restore the environment.

The announcement of the eighth round of Green Corps projects marks the continued delivery of a key election commitment by the Howard Government. The $42 million program will provide opportunities for 3500 young Australians over a two year period.

Media Contacts:
Maxine Sells, Mr Abbott's office (02) 62774337
Paula Randall, Senator Macdonald's office (07) 47713066 / 0419 238 756




Green Corps - Round Eight Projects

New South Wales

   Location                    Project Description                     Partner Agency     

Newcastle      The project promotes further rehabilitation for the  Wallsend Employment   
               historic railway Precinct, Sandgate Cemetery. Key    and Training          
               activities will be weed and erosion control, tree    Services              
               planting and walking track design/construction.                            

Wingham        The project involves restoration of original         Wingham 2000,         
               riparian rainforest vegetation at sites on Cedar     Kilabakh Landcare,    
               Party Creek sub-catchment. Tasks will include        Greater Taree City    
               revegetation, weed control strategy trials and       Council, Gloucester   
               implementation. The team will further enhance the    Rural Lands           
               environmental outcomes achieved by a previous Green  Protection Board      
               Corps project team.                                                        

Broken Hill    The project will focus on a variety of activities    NSW National Parks    
               in the Kinchega National Park. These will include    and Wildlife Service  
               rabbit and weed control, fauna surveys, walking                            
               track design/construction, Aboriginal site                                 
               protection and boundary fencing.                                           

Cessnock       The project includes three main components. It will  Cessnock City         
               aim to rehabilitate a riparian rainforest and        Council               
               repair waterways towards creating a habitat                                
               corridor for local fauna in Chinaman's Hollow.                             
               Other components will involve the                                          
               restoration/rehabilitation of a former coal mining                         
               site and the treatment of wombats effected by                              
               mange.                                                                     

Taree          The project will undertake vegetation restoration    Greater Taree City    
               in the littoral rainforest remnants on the Manning   Council               
               Coastline. Tasks will include removal of invasive                          
               weeds, planting native species and the                                     
               collection/propagation of local seed stock. The                            
               project will complement the actions of community                           
               groups aiming to preserve the sites natural                                
               heritage values.                                                           

Broken Head    The project will add to environmental outcomes       National Parks and    
Nature         achieved by a previous Green Corps team at the       Wildlife Service      
Reserve        popular Broken Head Nature Reserve, near Byron Bay.                        
               Tasks will include weed control, rainforest and                            
               coastal shrub rehabilitation and regeneration, soil                        
               conservation and walking track maintenance.                                



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