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Young people needed to help Mildura environment.



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John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5032 4510 Fax (03) 5032 9407

Thursday, 11 March 2004

Young People Needed to Help Mildura Environment

John Forrest, The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee today invited young people aged 17 to 20 years to take part in an exciting new Green Corps project for the Mildura District.

The Regent Parrot Flight Paths Recovery Program aims to help conserve the nationally threatened Regent Parrot and its habitat. Corridors will be established between the horticultural zone and Dryland, which will link the Murray River Corridor to the large blocks of public land for flight paths and other fauna movement. The team will contribute to this by assisting with the on ground works including flight path surveys, fencing, tree planting and watering, signage design and construction and seed collection.

“As can be seen this project will incorporate a range of training activities that will give participants an understanding and appreciation of the land and give them a greater sense of community ownership of this unique area,” Mr Forrest said.

“Green Corps presents a great opportunity for 10 young people in the Mildura district to receive accredited training in Conservation and Land Management, a six month participant allowance of up to $361 per 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 of over 9.2 million trees, erecting over 3,600 kilometres of fencing, removing 35,000 hectares of weeds, collecting over 6,500 kilograms of seeds and building or maintaining 3,100 kilometres of walking track.

“Green Corps is a highly successful Australian Government program and I encourage young people who are looking to secure their future to apply for a position in the program,” Mr Forrest said.

Applications close on 26 March 2004. People interested in becoming involved in this project can obtain an application form by phoning the Green Corps hotline on 1800 077 700 or visit the Green Corps website at www.greencorps.com.au.

Media Contact Sally Turvey (03) 5032 4510 -ends-