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HUNT LAUNCHES EXCITING GREEN CORPS PROJECT FOR HASTINGS

Thursday, 21 July 2005

Greg Hunt MP, Federal Member for Flinders, today launched the new Green Corps project for Hastings and has invited young people, aged 17 to 20, to take part in this exciting new Green Corps project.

Mr Hunt said, “The Western Port Wellbeing project aims primarily to re-establish and protect three sites: the Hastings Railway redevelopment site, Warrangine Creek and Rosebud South with the aim to develop habitat for indigenous flora and fauna.”

At Hastings, the project is aimed at revitalising community interest and use of the site while the others aim to improve the local environment through various works.

“This project will incorporate a range of activities which will contribute to the understanding and appreciation of the land and instil a greater sense of community ownership of this unique area,” Mr Hunt said.

“The project provides participants with the opportunity to take part in a major redevelopment of a dis-used site in Hastings and to provide some input into the development of a vibrant environmental & educational site. Works include fencing, weed removal, seed collection, walking path construction, development of indigenous garden beds and construction of information signs. The Warrangine Creek and Rosebud South sites include creek bank restoration works, water quality testing, pathway maintenance, mulching and planting works.

“The project will reinvigorate community utilisation of currently underused areas such as the Hastings Railway redevelopment site. Each local community has demonstrated a strong need for the work to be undertaken at each site, partnering strategies this proposal will deliver excellent community based outcomes. The project brings together many local groups including potentially schools, CSIRO, local shire and the Bureau of Meteorology.

“This is a great opportunity for 10 young people in the Hastings, Bittern and also Rosebud to receive accredited training in Conservation and Land Management, a six month participant allowance of up to $376 a week, as well as an opportunity to make a lasting contribution to their local environment.

“The environment is the big winner: to date the achievements of Green Corps volunteers include propagating and planting over ten million trees, erecting

more than 7,000 kilometres of fencing, removal of over 36,500 hectares of weeds, collecting over 8,600 kilograms of seeds, and building or maintaining more than 4,000 kilometres of walking track or boardwalks,” Mr Hunt said.

People interested in becoming involved in this project can obtain an application form by calling the Green Corps hotline on 1800 077 700 or visit the Green Corps website at www.greencorps.com.au