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Cranbourne's Royal Botanical Gardens benefit from Commonwealth Enviro project.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2005

Greg Hunt MP, Federal Member for Flinders was delighted to announce that the Cranbourne Royal Botanical Gardens will benefit from a Green Reserve project.

“This is a fantastic outcome for the local community with Green Reserve participants to undertake activities such as planting of native plants to represent a range of landscapes found in Australia and plant propagation,” said Mr Hunt

“It is anticipated that the project will be completed by mid October 2005 leaving local participants with a wealth of experience, enhanced self esteem and significant personal development.”

"These projects provide job seekers with invaluable experience and helps to develop qualities sought by employers", Greg Hunt said.

"Participants in this project will be given the opportunity to make a very tangible contribution to their local community. The results will be there to be seen by all and both the participants and the community can be proud of them."

“The Minister for Workforce Participation, Peter Dutton, has announced 49 new Green Reserve projects across Australia for this month.

This round of projects will provide 247 job seekers with a broad choice of worthwhile work experience to boost their job hunting prospects.

Green Reserve, part of the Work for the Dole programme, is a community-based scheme for unemployed people aged 35 and over on the full Newstart Allowance rate and who want to volunteer for environmental work experience.

Small teams of volunteers take up work experience for 30 hours a fortnight. An allowance of $20.80 a fortnight assists with covering out-of-pocket expenses such as travel to and from their project. Basic work wear and personal protective equipment are provided.