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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

8 February 1999

TEEN GREENS HOE INTO ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGE


Young volunteers from around Australia have "picked up their tools and put on their hats" and headed up country to take part in round ten of the Federal Government's Green Corps project, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Sharman Stone MP, announced today.

Sharman Stone said 35 new Green Corps projects were commencing today in all states and territories in urban, regional and remote areas.

"By August 1999 these projects will be complete and the participants will know a lot more about repairing and sustaining our environment," Sharman Stone said.

Projects announced today include rehabilitation of waterways, coastal dunes and bushland; protecting and monitoring endangered flora and fauna; habitat restoration; erosion control; and the construction and repair of walking tracks and community facilities.

"Green Corps projects draw upon the community's collective green thumb. They are 'backyard' initiatives making a real difference to our local environment," Sharman Stone said.

The Howard Government has committed $41.6 million over 3 years to Green Corps, enabling 3,500 young Australians to combine their passion for environmental conservation with practical work experience.

"Green Corps has grown from strength to strength because of the enthusiasm and commitment of the young participants and the quality, diversity and conservation outcomes of the environmental projects," Sharman Stone said.

"The Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers has done a marvellous job managing Green Corps, matching young volunteers with practical environmental projects that will make a real difference to our country's precious natural resources."

"Green Corps projects are a great opportunity for town and country people to come together to pursue a shared commitment to the environment."

Green Corps is open to young people aged between 17 and 20 years. Participants undergo a minimum of 134 hours of accredited training in certificate courses in Basic Landcare and Environment Action and Land Conservation and Restoration.

"Indications are that Green Corp training and experience is translating into life interests for young people, with 61 percent of participants gaining employment or going onto further education or training, many in environmental areas," Sharman Stone said.

"This is one environmental by-product with positive effects for our community."

Young people seeking further information about volunteering for Green Corps should call the National Office on freecall 1800 633 844 or visit the Green Corps website at http://greencorps.ballarat.net.au/.

A list of Green Corps projects (Rd 10) commencing on 8 February 1999 is attached.

For further information contact:
Nicole Johnston, Assistant Adviser, (02) 6277 2016 or 0419 219 415

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