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Green corps program to conserve Warrnambool foreshore environment.



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Federal Member for Wannon

Hamilton Office 190 Gray St, HAMILTON VIC 3300 Warrnambool Office 73 Kepler St WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 Freecall 1300 131 692 E David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au W www.davidhawker.com.au

August 15, 2007

GREEN CORPS PROGRAM TO CONSERVE WARRNAMBOOL FORESHORE ENVIRONMENT

A team of volunteers will work to enhance Warrnambool’s coastal environment through the Australian Government’s Green Corps program.

Federal Member for Wannon David Hawker said Green Corps participants would work to revegetate and maintain Warrnambool’s Foreshore Reserve and Thunder Point Coastal Reserve.

“These people are among hundreds around Australia who are participating in Green Corps - a program which gives young Australians the opportunity to be actively involved in positive environmental work and contributing to the restoration of our cultural, natural and built heritage” Mr Hawker said.

The Warrnambool coastal habitat protection and enhancement project will ensure significant flora and fauna such as the Little Penguin, Rufus Bristle Bird and many species of native vegetation are protected. Green Corps volunteers will help with the revegetation of native species, creating paths and walkways, monitoring the Little Penguin Colony in the Thunder Point Coastal Reserve, controlling the spread of aquatic pests and weeds, constructing fences to eliminate traffic, constructing boardwalk and decking and producing and distributing promotional and educational material to landholders, community groups and the general public.

Mr Hawker said this year marked Green Corps tenth anniversary and that since the Australian Government introduced it in 1997, more than 18,000 young Australians had benefited from participating in the six-month environmental program.

“This year there are 1740 places available nationally, with many in Warrnambool.”

“I encourage young people from across the region to join Green Corps for a six-month placement, which will provide them with an insight into environmental conservation as well as improved career and employment prospects, work experience and personal development opportunities.

Participants also receive accredited training in modules related to the project on which they are working such as horticulture, conservation and land management practices and building and construction and an allowance of $291 each week.

“To date Green Corps participants have propagated and planted more than 14 million trees, collected more than 9500 kilograms of native seeds, completed more than 5000 animal or plant surveys, hosted more than 1000 community field days and have erected more than 8000 kilometres of fencing.”

For more information about this initiative contact Mr Hawker’s electorate office on 1300 131 692 or visit the Green Corps website at www.greencorps.gov.au -ENDS-

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