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The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage
11 May 1999
What does the Orange Bellied Parrot, Helmeted Honeyeater and a heritage listed Semaphore Station in Tasmania have in common? They have all benefited from the hard work of a team of young Australian Green Corps Trainees.
So successful has the program been that $88.8 million in funding has been allocated in the 1999-2000 Budget, giving extra life to the Federal Government's Green Corps program, Sharman Stone MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage, announced today.
Mrs Stone said the funds would make a further 6,800 Green Corps places available over four years.
Funding allocated in the 1999 Budget, builds on the 1996 Budget allocation of $41.6 million over three years which delivered 3,500 Green Corps places.
"Green Corps teams have achieved spectacular results for the environment and the community, as well as improving their own skills and awareness of natural resource management," Sharman Stone said.
"I welcome the mutli-million dollar budget boost that will enable this important environmental training program continue."
Green Corps is open to any young person aged between 17 and 20 years with an interest in the environment, with projects ranging in duration between 26 and 52 weeks. In addition to practical work experience, participants will receive 134 hours accredited training and an allowance of up to $269 per week.
To date, 80% of Green Corps projects have occurred in regional and rural areas.
"Despite the success of the first three years of green Corps there are still rural and regional communities who don't realise they could have a team of enthusiastic young Australians working with them to improve and sustain the environment in their local area."
"Over the four year life of the program I want to make it a priority to ensure that remote and regional communities are aware of the availability of Green Corps funding for local conservation and heritage projects. Green Corps is all about improving access, equity and opportunities for young people and the community, as well as helping to conserve our natural environment."
"It is important to remember that although the idea for a project comes from the community, day-to-day supervision is undertaken by the Government's project managers, with labour provided by a team of 10 fit young people."
"In many cases, Green Corps teams perform work that the community couldn't otherwise afford or have the time to do," Mrs Stone said
The original three-year Green Corps program was managed by the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers. Announcement of the successful tender to manage the next round of the Green Corps program will be made shortly.
For further information please contact:
Nicole Johnston, Assistant Adviser, 02 6277 2016 or 0419 219 415