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Youth complete Centennial Park Green Corps project.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

T67/07 15 May 2007

Youth complete Centennial Park Green Corps project

Federal Wentworth MP Malcolm Turnbull today congratulated a team of 10 volunteers aged 17-20 for helping to restore the ecological systems within Centennial Park through its completion of a valuable Green Corps project.

“With 124 native and 18 introduced species of land and water birds, more than 10,000 trees, and significant habitat for native species including possums, birds, bats and turtles, Centennial Park is an environmental asset all of Sydney has an interest in seeing preserved,” Mr Turnbull said.

“The team supported the Centennial Parklands Foundation’s aim to restore the ecological systems within Centennial Park. The team’s work included bush vegetation and regeneration, weed removal and habitat creation, reduction in carp inhabiting the ponds, and encouraging native fish populations.”

Mr Turnbull said participants in the project not only achieved excellent environmental outcomes, they also undertook a community venture, which incorporated activities that have increased community awareness and appreciation for the natural environment.

They also completed accredited training in first aid, occupational Health and Safety, career counseling and Certificate 1 in Conservation and Land Management.

Mr Turnbull said the achievements of the Australian Government’s Green Corps programme since it began in 1997 are very impressive.

“Volunteers have propagated and planted more than 14 million trees, erected more than 8000 kilometres of fencing, removed more than 50 000 hectares of weeds, collected more than 9500 kilograms of seeds and built or maintained more than 5000 kilometres of walking tracks or boardwalks,” Mr Turnbull said.

“Green Corps fosters two of Australia’s most valuable resources—our environment and our young people. This team’s work in Centennial Park has made a significant contribution to both the local environment and Australia’s heritage and is an inspiration to all young Australians.”

“The participants have shown they have a strong work ethic which will stand them in very good stead when they seek employment in the workforce.”

“Australians are more environmentally conscious than ever, especially our youth. For young people passionate about the environment Green Corps provides the perfect opportunity for individual commitment and practical action.”

Green Corps projects run for six months in many parts of Australia. More information on Green Corps can be obtained by visiting the Green Corps website at www.greencorps.gov.au.

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