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Green Corps project improves Woodbridge coastal heritage walk.

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Senator Catryna Bilyk Labor Senator for Tasmania

Green Corps project improves Woodbridge coastal heritage walk

Senator for Tasmania, Catryna Bilyk, today congratulated seven Tasmanians who graduated from a 26-week Green Corps project, the Peppermint Bay Community Cultural Heritage and Biodiversity Project.

Senator Bilyk said the project gave the participants a valuable opportunity to carry out environmental restoration work along the coastal heritage walk.

“Their work included conducting plant and animal surveys, removing exotic vegetation, installing fencing, planting memorial trees and leading memorial tours along the Avenue of Remembrance for school and community groups,” Ms. Bilyk said.

“This project will bring direct and immediate benefits to the local community by improving the ecology of the sites, and contributing to their cultural heritage values.”

Green Corps is a federally funded program which provides young people aged 17-20 with the opportunity to participate in projects that conserve, preserve and restore Australia’s natural environment and cultural heritage.

Each project consists of a team of young people, learning new skills and establishing links with their communities.

Central Victorian Group Training oversaw the project with assistance from Peppermint Bay Landcare Group, Woodbridge Community Group, Kingborough Council and Marine Discovery Centre.

Team members were awarded certificates for completing Certificate 1 in Conservation and Land Management as well as OH&S and First Aid training.

Senator Bilyk said that in line with its election commitment, the Australian Government had reviewed the current employment services including the Green Corps program.

“Following extensive consultation, the Government has designed a new, streamlined employment system that will provide more tailored services for job seekers,” Ms Bilyk said.

“Under the new Employment Services System, which begins on 1 July 2009, Green Corps activities will continue as part of work experience for job seekers.”

/Ends 20 NOVEMBER 2008

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