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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21722

Mr BAIRD (1:46 PM) —I rise to commend this government on its Green Corps initiative. Last week I opened the Towra Point Sustainability Project in my electorate. This project is particularly important to the people of Cook as it will clean up one of the most environmentally sensitive and historically significant habitats in the nation. Towra Point is a Ramsar site where birds from Siberia and Japan nest. Kurnell is the birthplace of modern Australia, and this program will be the building block for restoring the site to its beauty. The project at Towra Point will include the removal of noxious weed, replacing it with native vegetation, the regeneration of the little tern bird population and the regeneration of the beach. Through accredited training, structured work activities and work experience, Green Corps participants will gain improved career and employment prospects. The Towra Point Sustainability Project has 10 participants from the Sutherland shire aged between 17 and 20. The project will provide these recent school leavers with new skills whilst they are in a transitional phase between school and work, whilst at the same time allowing them to give back something to the community in this very important area.