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Green Corps to bring Warrawee shale mining history back to life.



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The Hon Brendan O'Connor

Minister for Employment Participation

05 August, 2008

Media Release

Green Corps to bring Warrawee shale mining history back to life An Australian Government Green Corps project will help bring back memories of shale mining history near the Tasmanian town of Latrobe.

The Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, today joined Federal member for Braddon, Sid Sidebottom, to launch the Warrawee Shale Mine Heritage Development Green Corps Project.

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

A team of 10 participants will develop an interpretive trail that will reveal some of the fascinating artefacts associated with the unique shale mining industry that existed in Latrobe from 1911 until the late 1930s.

“The team will undertake a range of activities as part of this project including track construction, tree planting, water monitoring, construction of a shelter, a disabled access track, interpretive signage and picnic area,” Mr O’Connor said.

“This project will create a new walking trail and an historic interpretation of the many heritage sites in the area.”

The Warrawee Shale Mine Heritage Project is coordinated by Conservation Volunteers Australia, Wilmot Heritage Trails Cares and the Mersey Natural Resource Management Group Inc.

Mr Sidebottom said oil from the Warrawee shale mining works was used to produce a wide range of fuels and lubricants ranging from heavy machine oil and bitumen to diesel, petrol and paraffin.

“It is an ideal community project that will foster an interest in local history for the participants as well as enhance the tourist attractions of this region,” Mr Sidebottom said.

Mr O’Connor said Green Corps provided benefits for participants and their local community.

He said Green Corps would remain a key component of work experience under the new employment services system which will start on 1 July 2009.

“The new employment services have been developed after extensive consultation with a wide range of stakeholders. The new services will focus on the needs of job seekers and employers and helping individuals obtain the skills they need to secure sustainable employment,” he said.

For more information on Green Corps, visit www.greencorps.gov.au

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