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New Green Corps projects tackle today's environmental challenges.



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Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP

Minister for Workforce Participation 01 May, 2007

Media Release

New Green Corps projects tackle today's environmental challenges

The latest Green Corps teams will tackle some of the environmental challenges of our time,

Minister for Workforce Participation Dr Sharman Stone said today.

Minister Stone today announced 70 new Green Corps teams will set to work across Australia in June and

August 2007.

"Some 700 young people aged between 17 and 20, will put their hand up to become a trainee in the latest

round of Green Corps projects," Minister Stone said.

"The newest Green Corps teams will focus on some of our most urgent environmental challenges including

controlling feral birds, planting trees, saving frogs and learning how to fight fires."

In WA, Green Corp participants will be learning how to design and develop catchment and farm management

plans.

They will also plant up to 100,000 trees to reduce greenhouse emissions, increase biodiversity, control the

spread of salinity and protect soils from wind and water erosion.

Meanwhile, in NSW, Green Corp teams will develop a project to fight the world’s most invasive bird species -

the Indian Myna bird.

The Green Corps team will initiate a multi-facetted Indian Myna bird control project in the village of

Wollombi, NSW and at other local sites. This project will involve research, information dissemination,

monitoring, record keeping and initiating the control programme with members of the community.

Another major initiative of this project is to have the Green Corps team join the Rural Fire Service and receive

training up to the bush fire-fighter level.

In Wangaratta, Victoria, Green Corps team will improve the habitat of threatened and endangered indigenous

species including the Grey Crown Babbler, the Regent Honeyeater, Southern Bell Frog and the Spotted Quoll.

In Goolwa in South Australia, a team of 10 young environmental enthusiasts will work on a variety of activities

including water quality monitoring, fauna surveys, fencing the riparian zone to encourage regrowth of native

remnant vegetation and building interpretative signage to assist with environmental education.

Since Green Corps started in March 1997, more than 17,000 young Australians have had the opportunity to

take part in more than 1700 Green Corps projects.

"Since 1997, Green Corps teams have propagated and planted more than 14 million trees, erected more than

8000 kilometres of fencing, removed over 50 000 hectares of weeds, collected more than 9500 kilograms of

seeds and built or maintained more than 5000 kilometres of walking tracks or boardwalks."

Green Corps members receive an allowance for the duration of the project. They also receive accredited

training in conservation and land management, first aid, occupational health and safety and career

counselling.

"Initiatives such as Green Corps provide positive work experiences for our youth and help them gain the

confidence they need to get ahead in life," Dr Stone said.

"Through participation in Green Corps, they raise their prospects of employability, positively contribute to the

community and make a real difference to Australia’s environment."

To see a full list of Round 47 Green Corps projects visit:

http://www.greencorps.gov.au/greencorps/News/

For further information contact:

Liz Rodway 0421 587 207