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Media Release<<br> The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage

11 November 1999

MT TAMBORINE TEEN GREENS HELPING TO INCREASE PLATYPUS NUMBERS IN THE WILD


Ten young Queenslanders are leading local efforts to protect one of Australia's most recognised animals, the platypus, as part of a Mt Tamborine Green Corps project.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage, Sharman Stone MP and Federal Member for Forde, Kay Elson MP, today met with members of the team on-site at Cedar Creek on Mt Tamborine to inspect project works to date.

"Over the next six months the team aim to plant 3,500 trees, construct 300 metres of fencing and 200 metres of walking track, and clear a 750 square metre of weeds."

"Their aim is to rehabilitate the headwaters of Cedar Creek and create a wildlife corridor linking patches of isolated rainforest to existing National Park Reserves on Tamborine Mountain. Improving the Creek's water quality and native vegetation cover will help protect and hopefully increase platypus numbers in the wild," Sharman Stone said.

The six-month project was nominated by the Tamborine Mountain Natural History Association Inc.

"This project is a marvellous example of how the community conservation groups and local landholders can work together to protect South-east Queensland's magnificent rainforests," Mrs Elson said.

Dr Stone praised Mrs Elson's support of the Green Corps program, saying her projects were among the most sought after in Queensland.

"Kay Elson is there on day one to get the team off to a great start. She had put together a local sponsorship deal to supply her teams with 'Driza-a-bones', going that extra mile to make the project a success," Sharman Stone said.

Green Corps is the Federal Government's $88.8 million environmental training program giving young Australians the opportunity to make a contribution to the environment, in return for practical training and work experience in natural resource management.

Over the next four years 6,800 trainee places will be offered to young Australians aged between 17 and 20 years.

"The Federal Government sees Green Corps as one of its most successful environmental projects. Community Groups, Landcare Groups and Local Councils are all welcome to nominate projects that aim to restore and protect the environment, indigenous or cultural heritage sites," Mrs Elson said.

Green Corps Application forms are available from Kay Elson's office, telephone 3807 6340 or from the Australian trust for Conservation Volunteers on freecall 1800 633 844 or on the Internet at http://www.atcv.com.au.

For further information please contact:
Nicole Johnston, Dr Stone's Office, 02 6277 2016 or 0419 219 415
Mrs Elson's Office, 3807 6340

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