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Natural surrounds preserved at Fred's Pass.



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THE HON BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP Minister for Employment Participation

THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP Member for Lingiari

M E D I A R E L E A S E

Wednesday 6 August 2008

NATURAL SURROUNDS PRESERVED AT FRED’S PASS

A 5.2 kilometre walking track in the Lake and Palm Garden area of Fred’s Pass Reserve will be built by a young team of volunteers as part of the Green Corps program.

Federal member for Lingiari, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP launched the project today and said the Lake Walk, complete with interpretative sign-posts, will promote community awareness, enjoyment and commitment to the preservation of the local environment.

“The Green Corps program improves our natural surrounds, giving young Australians, a taste for environmental restoration work and preserving our cultural heritage,” Mr Snowdon said.

“The new walk at Fred’s Pass will not only increase sustainable use of the Reserve, the young people will eradicate weeds, collect seeds to grow new native vegetation, and undertake flora and fauna studies to improve our knowledge of the area.

“The adjacent Palm Garden contains 20 years of collections of palms from all over the world, and I look forward to this project improving public awareness of this wonderful natural resource.”

Minister for Employment Participation, the Hon. Brendan O’Connor MP, said participants in the project will achieve environmental outcomes along with skills to improve their employment prospects.

“Green Corps fosters two of Australia’s most valuable resources—our environment and our young people. This team’s work at Fred’s Pass is an inspiration to all young Australians.”

Green Corps projects run for six months in many parts of Australia, with participants receiving accredited training in courses such as horticulture, conservation and land management. More information on Green Corps can be obtained by visiting the Green Corps website at www.greencorps.gov.au.

Media enquiries: Kate Sieper (Warren Snowdon) 0488484 689 Cambel Giles (Brendan O’Connor) 0407 972 900