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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


19 December 1997

Bush regeneration and habitat protection and will be the focus of three new Green Corps projects announced today for South Australia.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Tony Abbott MP, and the Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Ian Macdonald, 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.

"Habitat protection and bush regeneration are directly linked to Trust programs such as Bushcare and the Endangered Species Program.

"The sites of the Green Corps projects are the Adelaide Hills, Mount Barker and Burnside in suburban Adelaide.

"The Adelaide Hills project will involve revegetation, the construction of a fence and pathways in the Cleland Conservation Park. This will lead to long-term habitat protection and wildlife preservation.

"At Mount Barker, a Green Corps team will help control water table levels and erosion in the Bremer-Barker Catchment area.

"The Burnside project will restore Chambers Gully according to the Torrens Catchment Management Plan. The team will achieve this by conducting vegetation and fauna surveys, controlling weeds and building walking tracks."

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

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