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Joint Media Release
Mr Tony Abbott, MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for
Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs
Senator Ian Macdonald
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister for the Environment

NEW A.C.T. GREEN CORPS TEAM TO TARGET TIDBINBILLA AND BLACK MOUNTAIN


19 December 1997

Bush regeneration and habitat protection at Tidbinbilla and Black Mountain will be among the new Green Corps project activities announced today for the ACT.

The Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Ian Macdonald, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Tony Abbott MP, announced 33 new projects, to begin across Australia in April, which will provide places for 330 young Australians aged between 17 and 20 years.

Senator Macdonald said the projects complemented the Howard Government's environmental rescue plan, the $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust.

"The habitat protection and bush regeneration project is directly linked to Trust programs such as Bushcare and the Endangered Species Program.

"The new ACT Green Corps team will reconstruct native animal habitat through soil conservation, building rock walls and controlling weeds at Tidbinbilla and address soil erosion problems, plant native trees and rebuild an existing visitors trail at Black Mountain."

Mr Abbott said the program will do more than assist young people to join environmental projects. Green Corps helps young Australians to reach their potential by boosting their future employment and education prospects.

"Green Corps team members will receive accredited environmental training, providing nationally recognised skills transferable to other courses," Mr Abbott said.

The announcement of the fifth round of Green Corps projects marks the continued delivery of a key election commitment by the Howard Government and the commitment of $42 million to provide opportunities for 3500 young Australians over the next two years.

Media Contacts:
For Senator Macdonald, Paula Randall 0419 238 756
For Mr Abbott, Maxine Sells (06) 277 4337

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