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Green Reserve volunteers help local environment [Bathurst]

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Sandy Macdonald National Party Senator for NSW 28 July 2003

Green Reserve volunteers help local environment

A local environmental project will be undertaken by two unemployed people at Bathurst through the Federal Coalition Government’s Green Reserve program, NSW Senator Sandy Macdonald announced today.

“I am pleased to announce the Sommerville Museum project at Bathurst has been approved, which will see two job seekers assist with the Sommerville Museum’s mineral and fossil collection,” Senator Macdonald said.

“The Green Reserve program allows older job seekers a real opportunity to gain valuable, well-supervised work experience, while improving the environment in their local area, he said.

“The local environment is a precious resource for local communities and Green Reserve gives people looking for paid work a real chance to show what it means to them. They can look at results of their work with pride, and local employers can see what they have achieved.”

Green Reserve is the Australian Government’s voluntary environmental work experience programme.

This month’s new projects bring the total number to 815 since Green Reserve began in March 2001. The projects have provided work experience opportunities for 3698 unemployed people.

To be eligible to participate in the Green Reserve program, volunteers must be aged between 35 and 65 years and receiving Newstart Allowance.

Participants volunteer for 30 hours a fortnight over 26 weeks, working in small teams. An allowance of $20.80 a fortnight covers out-of-pocket expenses, and basic work wear and protective equipment are provided.

Conservation Volunteers Australia runs Green Reserve on behalf of the Australian Government.

Media Contact: Rachel Kingsford Smith 6766 6998 / 0427 570 506