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Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP

Minister for Workforce Participation 06 August, 2007

Media Release

New Green Corps projects tackle environmental challenges

The latest Green Corps teams will tackle some of the environmental challenges of our time,

Minister for Workforce Participation Dr Sharman Stone said today.

Minister Stone today announced 57 new Green Corps teams will set to work across Australia in August and

October 2007.

"Some 500 young people aged between 17 and 20, will put their hand up to become a trainee in the latest

round of Green Corps projects," Minister Stone said.

"The newest Green Corps teams will focus on some of our most urgent environmental challenges including

controlling feral birds, planting trees, saving frogs and learning how to fight fires."

Young people who participate in Round 48 projects will work on activities such as the restoration of heritage

buildings, undertake surveys and monitor endangered Australian fauna as well as working with community

organisations such as Landcare to rehabilitate and restore Australia’s natural environment and waterways

At Imanpa in the Northern Territory 10 young people will gain environmental work experience by

participating in activities involving native and traditional plant regeneration, the installation of irrigation

lines, fencing and improvements to the community.

At Franklin in Tasmania, a project will provide participants with an interesting variety of environmental tasks.

These include water quality monitoring, development of community and school education programmes on

recycling methods and involvement in the restoration of an historic police lock up cell and the 100 year old

Palais Theatre.

A Grey Headed Flying Fox community located in Parramatta Park, NSW will benefit from monitoring by a

Green Corps team. Work on the project will increase the connections between existing bushland areas and

provide high quality environmental and cultural outcomes for participants and the local Parramatta

community.

In South Australia a project will conduct research in the local community in determining the future long-term

recreational use of Wadmore Park and develop a strategy for the park through conducting interviews and

developing questionnaires. Participants will also get ‘hands on’ environmental experiences improving the

biodiversity of the park and reducing its degradation.

Over in the west at York in Western Australia, a Green Corps team will rehabilitate the Avon River at York and

provide assistance with monitoring past rabbit control practices and measuring their effectiveness.

At Red Hill in Queensland a Green Corps team will work alongside community groups and individuals,

providing them with support to restore the wildlife habitat of the creek, remove invasive weed species and

improve the water quality for future generations.

At Queenscliff in Victoria a Green Corps team will develop woodworking and carpentry skills by restoring a

heritage Queenslander Railway Carriage. Participants will also gain valuable horticultural skills through the

construction of a major garden at the Lakers Siding Station Island railway platform - a major tourist

attraction in the area.

Each Green Corps team has up to 10 young Australians aged 17 to 20, who want to help address local

environment issues or work on projects that preserve Australia’s cultural heritage. Green Corps projects run

for 26 weeks.

"Since 1997, the majority of participants have gone on to employment, education or further training at the

conclusion of their time on Green Corps," Minister Stone said.

Young people participating in Green Corps receive an allowance for the duration of the project. They also

receive accredited training in modules related to the project, such as horticulture, conservation and land

management practices, basic construction techniques, basic woodworking, first aid, occupational health and

safety and career counselling.

"Initiatives such as Green Corps provide positive work experiences for our youth and help them gain the

confidence they need to get ahead in life," Dr Stone said.

"Through participation in Green Corps, they raise their prospects of employability, positively contribute to the

community and make a real difference to Australia’s environment."

To see a full list of Round 48 Green Corps projects visit: http://www.greencorps.gov.au/greencorps/News

For further information contact:

Liz Rodway 0421 587 207