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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 January 1999

GREEN CORPS APPLICATION REMINDER


Time is running out for environment and community organisations to apply for Round 12 of the Federal Government's Green Corps Project, Sharman Stone MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, reminded environmental organisations today.

Green Corps project submissions close on 22 February 1999.

Sharman Stone has urged all interested environmental organisations whether they are established environmental agencies or local green community groups to apply for a Green Corps project.

"To date, projects have been diverse in nature as well as location, encompassing our urban backyard and regional and remote sites throughout Australia. The sky is the limit, quite literally, with Green Corps projects," Sharman Stone said.

Green Corps is the Federal Government's $41.6 million environmental initiative partnering young Australians aged between 17 and 20 with environmental organisations in a range of conservation projects to protect and rehabilitate Australia's unique natural heritage.

In return participants receive a weekly training allowance and the opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job training and work experience in a range of environmental activities.

"The big winners from Green Corps are the thousands of young Australian volunteers who have contributed their time, energy and expertise to a range of environmental activities," Sharman Stone said.

"The projects have also had a real and positive impact on our fragile natural environment."

Sharman Stone said that projects should be designed to protect and rehabilitate Australia's natural environment, have the support of local community organisations and the relevant state or territory environmental agency and should be at least 14 weeks in duration.

Typical Green Corps projects include bushland and waterway rehabilitation, track construction, endangered species protection, habitat protection and cultural heritage restoration.

Green Corps originally commenced in 1997, with round 12 projects due to wind-up in late 1999. Green Corps is currently undergoing a detailed evaluation with a range of options being considered for the project's future.

Application kits are available from the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers on freecall 1800 633 844 or the national website at http://greencorps.ballarat.net.au/.

For further information contact:
Nicole Johnston, Assistant Adviser, (02) 6277 2106 or 0419 219 415

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