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Media Release
Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage


2 March 2001

Bendigo and Castlemaine Greencorps 'making the link'


10 Young Australians involved in North Central Victoria's latest Greencorps project was helped kicked off beside Lake Weeroona in Bendigo today by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr Sharman Stone.

"The 'Greenhouse and Biodiversity - Making the Link' project is focused on protecting and conserving the important Box-Ironbark forests within the Loddon and Campaspe catchments", Sharman Stone said.

"These young 17-20 year olds are already into week 4 of a 6 month project. They have completed much of their initial training and are ready to put their environmental skills to the test through the fencing off of native vegetation, seed collection, weed control and revegetation of the local area".

Greencorps projects across the country give young people with an interest in the environment the opportunity to receive quality training while participating in projects addressing significant environmental issues.

The Federal Government's Greencorps program is a $90m investment designed to preserve and restore Australia's natural and cultural heritage. To date, over 5,500 young Australians have participated in the program with 70% of graduates finding work or going on to further study after completing their project.

"200 years of European settlement has taken a heavy toll on our natural environment, particularly our precious box-ironbark forests in this area. The Bendigo Greencorps teams are making a major contribution to repairing and restoring the region", Sharman Stone said.

"The number of Greencorps projects located in North Central Victoria is an indication of the enthusiasm of the local community to get involved in important environmental issues".

Young people seeking further information about projects should contact the National Green Corps Hotline number 1800 633 844 visit the Green Corps website at: www.greencorps.org.au.

For further information please contact:
Simon Frost 0419 495 468 or 02 6277 2016
March 2nd 2001

Commonwealth of Australia