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Port Stephens Green Corps Coastal Biodiversity Project graduation.



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14th December 2005

PORT STEPHENS GREEN CORPS COASTAL BIODIVERSITY PROJECT GRADUATION

Where: Anna Bay Skate park, Birubi Beach (if wet weather conditions - will be held at Port Stephens Council) When: Thursday 15th December 2005

Participants in the Port Stephens Green Corps Coastal Biodiversity Project will graduate tomorrow, having made a substantial contribution to the restoration of the Anna Bay and Port coastline.

“This project was designed to address the range of environmental issues and pressures affecting the coastline,” Mr Baldwin said.

“Participants were involved in seed collection and propagation, fencing and work to beach access points, the removal of noxious weeds and the design and installation of signage.

“Over the years, Green Corps has made a valuable contribution to the community and the environment in Port Stephens and it has provided participants with skills that they can take with them to future employment.”

Green Corps is an Australian Government youth development and environmental training programme for people aged 17 to 20. Green Corps gives young people the opportunity to volunteer to conserve, preserve and restore Australia's natural environment and cultural heritage.

Each Green Corps project involves 10 young people taking part in a range of activities and experiences over 26 weeks. They each receive an allowance and take part in projects mostly located in rural or remote areas.

Since the programme began, more than 11 000 young Australians have joined Green Corps projects across Australia; more than 11 million trees have been planted; 4700 kilometres of fencing have been built; 36 000 hectares of weeds removed; 7700 kilograms of native seeds collected; and more than 4000 kilometres of walking track constructed or maintained.