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GREEN CORPS GRADUATION

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

Senator John Tierney Liberal Senator for NSW

Ken Ticehurst Liberal Candidate for Dobell

Senator John Tierney and Liberal Candidate for Dobell Ken Ticehurst will present Green Corps graduates with certificates tomorrow, after completing their 6-month placement as trainees on the Central Coast.

Graduates worked on a project which involved the restoration of rainforest areas along Wingello and Ourimbah Creeks.

“Green Corps provides young people aged 17-20 years with the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the environment by participating in projects such as this one on the Central Coast that focus on restoring or improving the local area,” Senator Tierney said.

“In addition to protecting and rehabilitating Australia’s natural and cultural environment, Green Corps graduates take with them useful skills for the workplace and important life skills.”

Rainforest remnant along many of the creeks in the Central Coast region have been suffering from the impact of urbanisation and industrial pollution. The team will be continuing the important work undertaken from previous Green Corps projects, removing weeds, revegetation with native plant species and compiling data on the local bird and fauna species - data which will aid the local environment groups with their environment work plans for the Central Coast.

“Graduates have been involved in a range of activities during this project such as planting native trees, monitoring bird species, removing weed infestations as well as learning first aid and regulations under Occupational, Health and Safety,” Mr Ticehurst said.

“This project is also significant given that the Central Coast is such a rapidly developing area on the East Coast of Australia and has many competing land uses. Efforts by the graduates to maintain our local environment will be enjoyed by future generations.”

Following the success of Green Corps, in the 1999-2000 budget, the Federal Government allocated almost $90 million to continue the programme for the next four financial years, providing a further 6,800 places for young people.

Young people interested in finding out more about how they can take part in Green Corps should contact the toll-free Green Corps hotline on 1800 633 844. Information on upcoming projects is advertised widely in the national print media and on the Internet website at www.greencorps.org.au Information on the programme is also available on the DETYA Internet site at www.detya.gov.au/greencorps

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