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10 new Green Corps projects for Victoria.



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The Hon Brendan O'Connor

Minister for Employment Participation

03 November, 2008

Media Release

10 new Green Corps projects for Victoria

Protecting the Queenscliff environment through re-vegetation and wetland rehabilitation around the Yarra are two of 10 new Victorian Green Corps projects announced today by the Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor.

Mr O’Connor said the new Victorian projects are among 54 new Green Corps projects across Australia designed to help young people gain new skills as they conserve and restore their local environment.

Green Corps is an Australian Government funded program for people aged between 17 and 20 who wish to work on environmental projects while gaining recognised skills in conservation and land management. The projects run for six months.

Green Corps also aims to help community groups with the restoration and rehabilitation of the environment and heritage assets.

“These Green Corps projects, located right across the state, will not only provide work experience and training for young people, but will also contribute to the protection of Australia’s environment and cultural heritage,” Mr O’Connor said.

Other Victorian Green Corps projects will be undertaken in Alexandra, Ararat, Ballarat, Balnarring, Beaconsfield, Epsom, Mandurang and the You Yangs.

Mr O’Connor said in line with its election commitment, the Rudd Government had reviewed the current employment services, including Green Corps.

“Following extensive consultation, the Australian Government has designed new, streamlined employment services that will provide more tailored services for job seekers,” Mr O’Connor said.

“From 1 July next year, Green Corps activities will be a work experience option in the new employment services.

“Activities will retain their focus on natural environment and cultural heritage principles, with an added focus on water and climate change.

“Green Corps will also continue to provide the opportunity to integrate work experience with training, but will be expanded and now available to job seekers of all ages.”

All new Victorian projects are due to start in December. More information about new Green Corps projects can be viewed at www.greencorps.gov.au.

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