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

22 February 1999


A team of 10 young Green Corps volunteers today started work in the Binda Vale Wetlands, as part of a joint project with the Dhurringile District Landcare Group and a local landholder, to repair and restore streamside vegetation.

Sharman Stone MP, Federal Member for Murray, was on-site today to meet the young conservation volunteers and survey the work they were doing to improve the long-term health of the wetlands area.

"Because wetlands are often referred to as 'the swamp', their importance as a haven for wildlife and native vegetation is often forgotten. The 'hands-on' activities being undertaking this week, to eradicate weeds and restore native vegetation, will help ensure the long-term viability of the area," Sharman Stone said.

The Binda Vale Wetlands rehabilitation project was chosen because of the areas wide variety of bird life and small mammals, and use as a release site for relocated Koalas.

The Dhurringile works are part of a larger Green Corps project which aims to repair and restore a 54 km section of recreational walking track.

Part of the Green Corps experience requires young volunteers to perform project works outside their home base. For approximately 1 week, participants will live and work in Dhurringile to build team spirit and learn about different land management techniques.

Sharman Stone commended the initiative and enthusiasm of the young participants, as well as the cooperative spirit of the project manager, the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers, for working closely with the Dhurringile District Landcare Group and the local landholder.

"It's great to see young participants from other regional areas, like Ballarat and surrounding towns, working together with our own local landcare volunteers."

"It is a unique opportunity for our local experts to pass on their knowledge of rural conservation and management techniques to a future generation of natural resource managers."

Green Corps is the Federal Government's $41.6 million initiative giving young Australians the chance to combine their passion for environmental conservation with practical work experience and training.

For further information please contact:
Justin Johnson 03 5821 9003 or Nicole Johnston 02 6277 2016

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