Title 12 new Green Corps projects for NSW.
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Date 03-11-2008
Author O'CONNOR, Brendan, MP
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Cover date Monday, 3 November 2008
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12 new Green Corps projects for NSW.

The Hon Brendan O'Connor

Minister for Employment Participation

03 November, 2008

Media Release

12 new Green Corps projects for NSW

The rehabilitation of the Spring Creek Dam Wetlands in Orange and the restoration of Broken Bay Sport and Recreation trails on the Hawkesbury River, Brooklyn, are two of 12 new Green Corps projects in New South Wales announced today by the Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor.

Mr O’Connor said the latest NSW projects are among 54 new Green Corps projects across Australia designed to help young people gain new skills as they conserve and restore their local environment.

Green Corps is an Australian Government funded program for people aged between 17 and 20 who wish to work on environmental projects while gaining recognised skills in conservation and land management. The projects run for six months.

Green Corps also aims to help community groups with the restoration and rehabilitation of the environment and heritage assets.

“These Green Corps projects, located right across the state, will not only provide work experience and training for young people, but will also contribute to the protection of Australia’s environment and cultural heritage,” Mr O’Connor said.

Other Green Corps projects in New South Wales are located in Ballina, Campbells Beach, Mullaway Beach, Coledale, North Wollongong, Emu Plains, Castlereagh, Chillingham, Hastings Point, Lithgow, Maclean, Paddington and Wingham.

Mr O’Connor said that in line with its election commitment, the Rudd Government had reviewed the current employment services, including Green Corps.

“Following extensive consultation, the Australian Government has designed new, streamlined employment services that will provide more tailored services for job seekers,” Mr O’Connor said.

“From 1 July next year, Green Corps activities will be a work experience option in the new employment services.

“Activities will retain their focus on natural environment and cultural heritage principles, with an added focus on water and climate change.

“Green Corps will also continue to provide the opportunity to integrate work experience with training, but will be expanded and now available to job seekers of all ages.”

The new Green Corps projects in New South Wales will begin in December. More information about new Green Corps projects can be viewed at www.greencorps.gov.au.

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