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Greencorps to help degraded land in Adelong and Tumut.



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Media Release

Mike Kelly MP

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support

Office of the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP Member for Eden-Monaro, Shop 16, City Link Plaza, Morisset Street, Queanbeyan NSW 2620

July 7, 2008 08-082

Greencorps to help degraded land in Adelong and Tumut The Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly has urged young volunteers to take part in an Australian Government Green Corps project to redress the current degraded state of land in the Bomen Industrial Wildlife Corridor.

“This work in the Adelong and Tumut area is a fantastic opportunity for 10 young people aged between 17 and 20 years,” Dr Kelly said. “It’s a youth environmental training program that gives young people an opportunity to gain work experience while participating in projects that benefit local communities.”

Dr Kelly said the project will focus on a region once covered by Grassy White Box Woodland.

“Some of the immediate concerns include native animal habitat loss, erosion, natural area degradation, salinity issues and weed invasion,” he said.

“These Green Corps participants will be involved in assisting with track closure and rehabilitation, controlling woody weeds, fencing to allow for the natural regeneration of native species, nursery maintenance including rebuilding hothouses and propagation of trees for future use by Landcare groups.”

Dr Kelly said this year there are 1740 places available for young people nationally, including 20 working on two projects in the Eden-Monaro electorate — this one and another in Eurobodalla Shire on the South Coast.

“The 26-week environmental and heritage projects benefit participants through improved career and employment prospects,” he said. “They receive accredited training in courses such as conservation and land management, as well as work experience and personal development opportunities.”

The Green Corps program achievements since 1997 include the propagation and planting of more than 14 million trees, construction of around 8000 kilometres of fencing, removal of about 50 000 hectares of weeds and collection of more than 9500 kilograms of native seeds.

Green Corps participants have also constructed or maintained more than 5000 kilometres of walking track or boardwalks, and carried out more than 5000 flora and fauna surveys.

“Green Corps projects benefit communities through the contribution of young people,” Dr Kelly said. “They strengthen young people’s links with their local environment and their local communities.”

For more information visit the Green Corps website at www.greencorps.gov.au

Media inquiries: Terry Bransdon 0488 499 166