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The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage
9 May 2000
One of Australia's most successful environmental initiatives today received $22.2 million in funding as part of the 2000-2001 Federal budget.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage, Dr Sharman Stone MP, said the Green Corps Program continued to grow from strength to strength with more than 3,500 young Australians aged between 17 and 20 years having completed training to date.
"This year 1,700 young Australians will have the chance to restore and protect the environment, as well as experiencing a career in natural resource management or heritage restoration," Sharman Stone said.
Dr Stone said this year's $22.2 million budget allocation was part of a four year commitment of $88.8 million. This funding comes in addition to the Federal Government's initial commitment of $42 million in 1996.
"Green Corps is an investment that keeps on delivering for the community. It also delivers long-term benefits to the health of the environment and most of all to the trainees futures," Sharman Stone said.
An environmental stocktake of Green Corps achievements over their first three years of the program indicated that:
"This is a tremendous result for the environment. It puts Green Corps volunteers at the forefront of natural resource management in Australia," Sharman Stone said.
Dr Stone said one of the great spin-offs from Green Corps training was the range of new job and training opportunities for participants.
"The latest results indicate that 46% of participants gain jobs after leaving Green Corps, while another 21% pursue further study or training."
"The practical value of Green Corps training has helped participants find jobs with local councils, national parks, Greening Australia, with one group of young entrepreneurs starting their own landscape business."
Applications are called on a continuing basis every three months.
"We are always looking for a great ideas from Landcare and community groups, local councils and indigenous groups to turn in Green Corps projects," Sharman Stone said.
For information on how to apply, or to nominate a project in your local area, contact the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers on freecall 1800 633 844 or visit the website at www.atcv.com.au.
Nicole Johnston, Assistant Adviser, 02 6277 2016 or 0419 219 415
9 May 2000