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d ih J O I N T MEDIA RELEASE Mr Tony Abbott, MR ^ _ _ _ Senator Ian Macdonald

R a l i a m e n t ^ S e ^ t a ^ t o T ^ l ^ i teri^ ____ Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister raira^fa^j^outtifajffiat^ for the Environment

19 December 1997

RESTORING AUSTRALIA’S NATURAL HERITAGE

The repair o f important coastal areas, bush regeneration, habitat protection and wildlife preservation will be targeted in a new round o f national Green Corps projects announced today.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Tony Abbott MP, and die Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Ian Macdonald, announced 33 new projects, to begin across Australia in April, which will provide places for 330 young Australians aged between 17 and 20 years.

Mr Abbott complemented Green Corps members for making a practical contribution across the environmental spectrum “One way or another, Australia will always need a Green Corps, because the environment will always require the kind of intensive restoration work that Green Corps teams are performing.

“Green Corps helps young Australians to reach their potential by boosting their future employment and education prospects,” he said.

“Green Corps team members will receive accredited environmental training, providing nationally recognised skills transferable to other courses.

“While gaining valuable training experience, young people joining a Green Corps team will receive an allowance o f up to $259 per week, and when they complete a project, they are also eligible to receive $500 towards the cost o f ongoing education or training,” Mr Abbott said.

Senator Macdonald said the projects were in addition to and complemented the Howard Governments environmental rescue plan, the $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust.

“Landcare activities, habitat protection, and bush and wetland regeneration are compatible with Trust programs which protect and restore Australia’s bushland, waterways, and agricultural areas,” Senator Macdonald said.

The announcement of the fifth round projects marks the continued delivery of a key election commitment by the Howard Government and the provision o f $42 million to provide environmental outcomes and training opportunities for 3500 young Australians by the year 2000.

Green Corps comprises teams o f young men and women who work closely with local communities and conservation agencies.

The Federal Government's Green Corps managing agent, the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers, will advertise for 330 round five participants in January. Information can be obtained from the toll-free Green Corps hotline, 1800 633 844.

Media Contacts: Maxine Sells, M r Abbott’s office, (02) 6277433J. Paula RandalĀ· Senator Macdonald’s office, (07) 47713066 / 0 ; 19 238 756

GREEN CORPS PROJECTS - ROUND FIVE S T A T E / L O C A T IO N . P R O J E C T P A R T N E R A G E N C Y

T E R R IT O R Y

N S W C oncord P ro je c t w ill e n h a n c e a sig n ific a n t a re a o f sa ltm a rsh ,

m a n g ro v e s a n d a v ifa u n a in th e P o w e ll’s C re e k su b -c a tc h m e n t.

P ro je c t w ill in v o lv e b u sh re g e n e ra tio n a n d re v e g e ta tio n .

G reening A ustralia

Bathurst T h e p ro je c t in v o lv e s a ra n g e o f ta sk s th ro u g h o u t th e U p p e r

M a c q u a rie C a tc h m e n t. S p ecific ta sk s w ill in c lu d e tre e

p la n tin g , b u s h re g e n e ra tio n , fen cin g , w e e d in g a n d s tre a m b ed

co n tro l.

E vans Shire C ouncil,

7 D istrict Landcare Groups

Parkes T h e p ro je c t w ill c o n se rv e n a tiv e ro a d sid e tre e a n d sh ru b

sp e c ie s id e n tifie d as ra re a n d o r o f h ig h v a lu e to P a rk e s S hire.

T h e p ro je c t w ill in c lu d e re v e g e ta tio n a n d th e tria lin g o f w h ite

Cyprus p in e re g ro w th . ‘

Parkes Shire C ouncil

South W indsor T h e p ro je c t w ill sp a n th e H a w k e sb u ry N e p e a n C a tc h m e n t a n d

in v o lv e a w id e ra n g e o f a c tiv itie s T h e se w ill in c lu d e re v e g e ta tio n , b o a rd w a lk c o n stru c tio n , se e d c o lle c tio n a n d

w e tla n d c o n stru c tio n .

H aw kesbury-N epean

C atchm ent M anagem ent Trust

Lism ore T h e p ro je c t fo rm s a n in te g ra l p a rt o f o n g o in g w o rk to p ro te c t,

p re s e rv e a n d re sto re k o a la h a b ita t in th e L ism o re area. T h e

p ro je c t w ill in c lu d e e x p a n sio n o f c ritic a l k o a la h a b ita t a n d w e e d e ra d ic a tio n .

E N V IT E

Parramatta T h e p ro je c t w ill re h a b ilita te d e g ra d e d b u sh la n d b y re m o v a l o f

e n v iro n m e n ta l w e e d s, p ro m o te c o n se rv a tio n o f d iv e rsity ,

re sto re tw o re m n a n ts o f B lu e G u m H ig h F o re s t a n d im p ro v e

ac c e ss fo r b u sh w a lk e rs.

Parramatta L ocal G overnm ent

G osford T h e p ro je c t w ill fo c u s o n th e u p g ra d e a n d re p a ir o f d e g ra d e d

w a lk in g tra c k s a n d w ill a lso in c lu d e e ro sio n , w e e d c o n tro l a n d

fa u n a a n d flo ra su rv e y s in R u m b a la ra a n d K in c u m b e r

R e se rv e s. .

G osford C ity C ouncil

GREEN CORPS PROJECTS - ROUND FIVE S T A T E / L O C A T IO N P R O J E C T P A R T N E R A G E N C Y

" E R R IT O R Y

V I C In glew ood T h e p ro je c t in v o lv e s th e re v e g e ta tio n o f p rio rity re c h a rg e

a rea s a n d w a te r c o u rse d in th e B u lla b u l C a tc h m e n t o f th e

L o d d o n R iv e r S y ste m O th e r a c tiv itie s o n th e p ro je c t in c lu d e

fe n c in g , w e e d c o n tro l a n d se e d co llectio n .

Sm ith R eid Training

Fram lingham T h e p ro je c t in v o lv e s th e c a p tu re o f a n d th e tra n s lo c a tio n o f

ap p ro x . 1000 k o a la s to o th e r a re a s o f su ita b le h a b ita t in so u th

w e s te rn V ic to ria .

D epartm ent o f Natural

R esou rces and the

Environm ent

L ilydale T h e p ro je c t in v o lv e s th e o n g o in g d e v e lo p m e n t o f th e Q u in n

F lo ra a n d F a u n a re se rv e th ro u g h b u sh la n d re fo re s ta tio n w o rk s

in c lu d in g p la n tin g o f in d ig e n o u s sp ecie s, w e e d c o n tro l, a n d

tra il u p g ra d in g .

Shire o f Yarra R anges

L exton T h e p ro je c t in v o lv e s e ro sio n a n d re c h a rg e c o n tro l, fe n c in g ,

w e e d e ra d ic a tio n , ra b b it h a rb o u r c o n tro l a n d so il h e a lth

su rv ey s.

L exton Landcare Group

Inc

B enalla T h e p ro je c t w ill p ro te c t, re sto re a n d e n la rg e o n e o f th re e

c ritic a l Iro n b a rk h a b ita ts in V ic to ria fo r th e n a tio n a lly

e n d a n g e re d R e g e n t H o n e y e a te r.

M olyullah-T alon g Tree

and Land P rotection Group

C resw ick T h e p ro je c t w ill in v o lv e th e d e v e lo p m e n t o f a n e x te n sio n to

th e e x istin g L a n d ca re in te rp re ta tio n trail. T h e tra il w ill fo c u s

o n sa lin ity p ro c e sse s, n a tiv e v e g e ta tio n , w a te r q u a lity

im p ro v e m e n t a n d p e s t co n tro l.

D epartm ent o f Natural R esou rces and the E nvironm ent

Q L D T ully T o p ro v id e s tra te g ic re p a ir o f rip a ria n v e g e ta tio n a lo n g a

n u m b e r o f p rio rity stre a m s, im p ro v e stre a m b a n k sta b ility ,

re d u c e e ro s io n a n d to e n h a n c e c o n n e c tiv ity o f re m n a n t

fra g m e n ts th u s p ro v id in g w ild life c o rrid o rs a n d m a in ta in in g

re g io n a l b io -d iv e rsity .

C ardw ell Shire

GREEN CORPS PROJECTS - ROUND FIVE S T A T E / L O C A T IO N P R O J E C T P A R T N E R A G E N C Y

T E R R IT O R Y

Q L D (c o n t) Mirani T h e p ro je c t a im s to re -c re a te th e la g o o n a n d re sto re th e

w e tla n d s to its fo rm e r statu s, p ro v id in g a n e sse n tia l lin k in th e

lo c a l e c o -sy ste m . T h e re sto ra tio n in c lu d e s re -b u ild in g a n d

re v e g e ta tin g th e b a n k a n d re sto rin g th e w a te r flo w in th e w e t

area.

M irani Shire C ouncil

R avenshoe T h e p ro je c t in v o lv e s c o n n e c tin g fo re s t fra g m e n ts, e ra d ic a tin g

w e e d in fe sta tio n s, e n h a n c in g w a te r q u a lity a n d im p ro v in g

h a b ita t fo r th e y e llo w b e llie d g lid er.

H erberton Shire C ouncil

Ipsw ich T h e p ro je c t w ill e sta b lish a k ey rip a ria n a n d w ild life h a b ita t

c o rrid o r at M ih i C re e k a n d B re m e r R iv e r Ju n c tio n . T h e

p ro je c t w ill p re se rv e , p ro te c t a n d re s to re w a te rsid e v e g e ta tio n .

Ip sw ich Shire C ouncil

Caloundra T h e p ro je c t in v o lv e s th e re m o v a l o f e x o tic a n d n o n -

in d ig e n o u s n a tiv e p la n t sp ecie s, re v e g e ta tio n , a n d th e c o n s tru c tio n o f tra ils to re d u c e e n v iro n m e n ta l im p a c t o f

h u m a n v isita tio n .

Caloundra C ity C ouncil

W arwick T h e p ro je c t in v o lv e s th e c o n stru c tio n o f re ta in in g w a lls to

re d u c e e ro sio n , e ra d ic a tin g w eed s, u p g ra d in g w a lk in g tra c k s,

a n d c o lle c tin g lo c a l seed s fo r p ro p a g a tio n . T h e site is p a rt o f th e R a in fo re st R e se rv e s W o rld H e rita g e A rea.

D epartm ent o f the Environm ent

Tam borine T h e p ro je c t in v o lv e s b u s h re g e n e ra tio n o f ra in fo re st re m n a n ts,

re p a irin g w a lk in g tra c k s, th e re m o v a l o f e n v iro n m e n ta l w e e d s, a n d e n h a n c in g w a te r q u ality . T h e te a m w ill also a ssist

lo c a l sc h o o ls w ith a fro g b re e d in g p ro g ram .

Tam borine M ountain Natural H istory

A ssociation

T oow oom ba T h e p ro je c t w ill in v o lv e tree p la n tin g fo r w ild life co rrid o rs,

w e e d c o n tro l, e sta b lish in g re m n a n t v e g e ta tio n lin k s, e ro sio n

c o n tro l a n d fen cin g .

N orth East D arling D ow n s

Landcare Group Inc

GREEN CORPS PROJECTS - ROUND FIVE S T A T E / L O C A T IO N P R O J E C T P A R T N E R A G E N C Y

T E R R IT O R Y

S A C leland

C onservation Park T h e p ro je c t w ill in v o lv e e sta b lis h m e n t o f a n d th e c o n stru c tio n o f p a th w a y s, c o n stru c tin g fe n c e lin e, re v e g e ta tio n a n d th e

re sto ra tio n o f h isto ric b u ild in g s.

D epartm ent o f the

Environm ent and Natural

R esources

M ount Barker T h e p ro je c t w ill in v o lv e re c h a rg e re d u c tio n , c o n tro llin g

e ro sio n , v e g e ta tio n m a n a g e m e n t a n d w a te rc o u rse

m a n a g e m e n t. T h e se ta sk s w ill o c c u r th ro u g h o u t th e B re m e r

B a rk e r c atch m e n t.

Brem er Barker C atchm ent

Group

Burnside T h e p ro je c t w ill in v o lv e re sto rin g C h a m b e rs G u lly in

a c c o rd a n c e w ith th e T o rre n s C a tc h m e n t M a n a g e m e n t P lan .

A c tiv itie s w ill in c lu d e v e g e ta tio n su rv ey s, fa u n a su rv e y s, seed

c o lle c tio n a n d p ro p a g a tio n , w e e d c o n tro l a n d w a lk in g tra c k

c o n stru c tio n .

C ity o f Burnside,

SA Urban Forest

B io-d iversity Program

W A M undaring T h e p ro je c t w ill in v o lv e th e e n h a n c e m e n t a n d c re a tio n o f

su ita b le fa u n a re fu g e /h a b ita t site s. It w ill in v o lv e th e c re a tin g

o f h a b ita ts su ch as n e s t b o x e s, ro c k d en s a n d d e n h o llo w s.

Departm ent o f C onservation and Land M anagem ent

Karratha T h e p ro je c t in v o lv e s th e c o n tro l o f e x o tic p a lm s. T h e e x o tic

p a lm is a n a g g re ssiv e in v a d in g w e e d th a t is d isp la c in g th e

n a tiv e o v e rsto ry o f P a p e rb a rk s a n d R iv e r R e d g u m s in th e

m illstre a m D e lta a n d F o rte s c u e R iv e r w e tla n d s.

D epartm ent o f

C onservation and Land M anagem ent

Denm ark T h e p ro je c t w ill a ssist in th e re p a ir o f W ilso n In le t a n d its

c a tc h m e n t. T h e fo c u s w ill b e re p a irin g a n d p ro te c tin g th e

D e n m a rk fo resh o re. T h is w ill c o m e a b o u t th ro u g h e ro sio n

c o n tro l, p ro te c tin g re m n a n t v e g e ta tio n a n d im p ro v in g

m ig ra tio n co rrid o rs.

A P A C E G reen Skills

B ridgetow n T h e p ro je c t a im s to re s to re in d ig e n o u s v e g e ta tio n to th e

B la c k w o o d R iv e r b a n k s a n d w e tla n d s, p ro te c t th e fo re sh o re

fro m fu rth e r e ro sio n a n d d e g ra d a tio n a n d m a in ta in e x istin g

rip a ria n v eg etatio n .

B lack w ood R iver Environm ental Center

GREEN CORPS PROJECTS - ROUND FIVE S T A T E / L O C A T IO N P R O J E C T P A R T N E R A G E N C Y

T E R R IT O R Y

T A S Hobart T h e p ro je c t in v o lv e s th e u p g ra d e o f th e Z ig Z a g W a lk in g

T ra c k le a d in g fro m th e P in n a c le o n M o u n t W e llin g to n .

D e g ra d e d se c tio n s w ill b e re p a ire d w ith lo c a l sto n e . O th e r

ta sk s in c lu d e p ro te c tin g p re se rv in g b u s h la n d re m n a n ts an d

w e e d era d ic a tio n .

Hobart City C ouncil

Launceston T h e p ro je c t in v o lv e s b u sh la n d w e e d c o n tro l a m o n g st re m n a n t

b u sh la n d , re -p la n tin g a n d s ta b ilisa tio n o n th e b a n k s o f Jig g le r

C reek , c o n stru c tio n o f a p a th th ro u g h th e re s e rv e a n d e ro sio n

co n tro l.

L aunceston C ity C ouncil

N T Katherine T h e p ro je c t in v o lv e s th e c o n stru c tio n o f e n v iro n m e n ta l

p ro te c tio n c a n o e ra m p s a c c e ssin g o v e r a n d a ro u n d se n sitiv e

tu fa fo rm a tio n s w ith in F lo ra R iv e r N a tu re P a rk . In

c o n ju n c tio n w ith th e p ro je c t w ill also b e th e o n g o in g m o n ito rin g o f th e P ig -n o se d tu rtle.

Parks and W ild life C om m ission o f the

Northern Territory

A lic e Springs T h e p ro je c t in v o lv e s su rv e y s o f ra re a n d e n d a n g e re d fa u n a in

th e e a ste rn se c to r o f th e W e st M a c D o n n e ll n a tio n a l P ark .

F a u n a su rv e y s w ill b e m a tc h e d w ith flo ra su rv e y s to d e te rm in e

th e p o te n tia l re la tio n s h ip s b e tw e e n fa u n a a n d v e g e ta tio n

c o m m u n itie s.

Parks and W ild life C om m ission o f the N orthern Territory

A C T T idbinbilla/

B lack M ountain T h e T id b in b illa c o m p o n e n t in v o lv e s h a b ita t re c o n stru c tio n , in c lu d in g so il c o n s e rv a tio n w o rk s in w e tla n d s, w e e d e ra d ic a tio n a n d ro c k w a ll c o n stru c tio n . T h e B la c k M o u n ta in

c o m p o n e n t in v o lv e s re c o n stru c tio n o f a n e x istin g a d -h o c trail.

A c tiv itie s w ill in c lu d e e ro sio n c o n tro l, p la n tin g /m u lc h in g a n d

w e e d era d ic a tio n .

A C T Parks and C onservation