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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

High Priority Areas First to Benefit from Green Corps

13 January 1997

The first 24 projects for the Howard Government's $41.6 million youth and the environment program, the Green Corps, have been announced today.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says Green Corps teams will begin work in March in remote and urban areas across Australia where conservation is a high priority.

Senator Hill says the flagship projects will involve close to 240 young Australians in wildlife conservation, water quality management, protecting native vegetation, restoring heritage buildings and other important conservation work.

"The establishment of the Green Corps marks the delivery of another key election commitment by the Howard Government.

"The first Green Corps volunteers will work in areas such as Elsey National Park in the Northern Territory, Shark Bay in Western Australia, Ross River in Queensland, Kangaroo Island in South Australia and the Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales.

"A key urban project will focus on conserving and restoring native vegetation in the land and water corridors associated with the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

"The Green Corps is an exciting program which provides great opportunities for young people to make a meaningful contribution to Australia's future by helping to conserve and restore the nation's natural and cultural heritage.

"Green Corps participants will be able to gain valuable training, work experience and skills to improve their career prospects while receiving an allowance of up to $246 per week.

"Some projects will involve activities linked to the Coalition's environment policy including the National Vegetation Initiative, National Rivercare Initiative and the management of World Heritage areas."

The Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, yesterday announced the first 18 months of the program will be delivered by the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers.

The Green Corps teams will be led by experienced Trust workers, rangers and scientists, and will work closely with local communities.

The Trust will advertise soon to recruit young people to join Green Corps teams throughout Australia. The toll free Green Corps enquiry line is 1800 633 844.

Contact: Matt Brown, Senator Hill's Office, 0419 693 515 ,
Andrew Campbell, Environment Australia, 0419 208 923; 06 250 0766

Projects due to commence March 1997

Contact: Theo Hooy, Environment Australia, 06 250 0363
Gwen Davis- Gof, DEETYA, 06 240 8947

Commonwealth of Australia