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12 new Green Corps projects in NSW.



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THE HON PETER DUTTON MP

MINISTER FOR WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION

Media Release

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12 new Green Corps Projects in NSW

The Old Bega Racecourse is set for a facelift, Gunnedah will gain new animal enclosures at the Wayerways Wildlife Park and the Shoalhaven will get a bush tucker and bush medicine garden, thanks to teams of young Green Corps volunteers.

The projects are among 12 NSW projects announced today by the Minister for Workforce Participation, Peter Dutton, when he announced 33 new Green Corps - Young Australians for the Environment - projects to start across Australia in the new year.

Other NSW areas to benefit from Green Corps teams include the Tweed River, Bega Valley, Macleay Valley, Forster, Dubbo, Bellingen, Moruya, Coffs Harbour, Gosford, and Brunswick Valley.

“The projects across a range of areas of Australia will provide an exciting opportunity for 330 young people aged between 17 and 20 to learn new skills, meet new friends and make a difference to their community,” Mr Dutton said.

“This opportunity will provide them with the tools to reach their potential while helping to restore the environment.

“Participants will receive accredited training, a participant allowance of up to $376 a week, uniforms and an opportunity to improve their community.”

Mr Dutton said the projects complemented the Howard Government’s environmental rescue plan, the Natural Heritage Trust, and link to Trust programs such as Bushcare.

“Green Corps demonstrate how communities can come together to make a difference,” he said.

“Green Corps teams work in partnerships with community groups and local, State and Australian government bodies to create sustainable solutions to local environmental issues”.

“The environment is the big winner.

“To date Green Corps volunteers have propagated and planted more than 11 million trees, erected more than 4700 kilometres of fencing, removed over 39,000 hectares of weeds, collected more than 7700 kilograms of seeds and built or maintained more than 5000 kilometres of walking tracks or boardwalks.”

Young people interested in becoming involved in Green Corps can obtain an application form by calling the Green Corps hotline on 1800 077 700 or visit the Green Corps website at www.greencorps.com.au

For further information contact:

Brad Emery 02 6277 7630 0414225638

5/01/2005