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Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment
18 March 1997
The Howard Government's new Green Corps have gone into battle today for Canberra's environment.
Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has helped launched the first Green Corps project in the ACT at the Jerrabomberra wetlands.
Senator Hill says the Greens Corps program allows young Australians to show their commitment to their environment.
"There has been strong response from young Australians wanting to get involved with the Green Corps and work for a better environment.
"The Namadgi/Tidbinbilla project is just one of 24 projects across Australia providing employment and training opportunities for young Australians while making a major contribution to the protection and restoration of our environment."
Senator Hill says the Namadgi/Tidbinbilla project has a strong 'green and practical' theme.
"The young people working on this project will be involved in the high priority repair of the walking track in Namadgi National Park. They will also be involved with the improvement of platypus habitat and the reduction of fire threats in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Other areas such as the Jerrabomberra wetlands will also benefit from the Green Corps work.
"So while this work will have a strong environmental outcome for the parks and their inhabitants, it will also have practical benefits for the people of Canberra and tourists who visit these areas."
Senator Hill says further Green Corps projects are currently being planned as part of the Howard Government's $41.6 million commitment to the program.
Green Corps members will work for six months on projects in all States and territories in rural, remote and urban regions where important environmental repair work is needed.
Green Corps participants will be eligible for accredited training in fields such as environmental audit skills, land conservation and restoration, and occupational health and safety that will improve their future employment opportunities. They will receive an allowance of up to $252 a week. At the end of the Green Corps project, trainees will be eligible for a grant from the Government of $500 to help them meet the cost of ongoing further education. They will also be able to use some of their Green Corps training as credit in further education or training.
Media contact: Matt Brown, on 06 277 7640 or 0419 693 5515 Green Corps information - 1 800 633 844