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The Green Reserve - Working for the Environment

Capturing Australia’s history for future generations and restoring heritage landmarks are just some of the 39 new projects that 142 participants in Australia’s Green Reserve will tackle in coming weeks.

Announcing the new projects, Employment Services Minister, Mal Brough, said the Green Reserve was an excellent example of mutual obligation in action.

“A part of the Work for the Dole program, the Green Reserve has provided places for 4,895 volunteer participants over the age of 35 and has returned real benefits to local communities through 1,092 projects since its inception in March 2001,” Mr Brough said.

The new projects include:

● Restoring headstones, burial sites and gardens at the Cornelian Bay Cemetery in Tasmania.

● Restoring small boats and nautical equipment at the Queensland Maritime Museum at

Southbank. ● Revegetating a native arboretum at Hazelmere in Western Australia for use by school students.

● Conserving the heritage of the Barwon Park Mansions in Victoria.

● Painting the historic Ganmain Hall in NSW, upgrading its kitchens and restoring its street-front.

● Capturing the history of Anglesea Barracks, the nation’s oldest continuously occupied military

barracks, for an exhibition in the Military Museum of Tasmania. ● Eradicating noxious weeds, rehabilitating native bushland, planting trees and restoring coastal

dune areas at a variety of locations across the nation.

Mr Brough said that despite its focus on mutual obligation the Green Reserve is an effective employment and work experience program.

“The Green Reserve is giving hundreds of jobless Australians a renewed sense of achievement and self-

respect that is helping them to find new jobs,” Mr Brough said.

“However, the primary role of the Green Reserve is to ensure that unemployed people aged between 35 and 65 make a valuable contribution to the grassroots protection of our environment and heritage in return for their unemployment benefits.”

A list of Green Reserve projects can be found at

For further information contact:

Paul Edwards Minister Broughs Office 0402 919 333