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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

FOUR NEW GREEN CORPS PROJECTS TO START IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA


19 December 1997

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

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.

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

"Highlights of the WA Green Corps projects include the environmental repair of Wilson Inlet and its catchment at Denmark in the State's south; and erosion control of the Blackwood River banks and wetlands at Bridgetown, in the south-east.

"A Green Corps team working at Karratha, in the north of the State, will control the spread of an exotic palm that is displacing Paperbarks and River Red gums in the Millstream-Chichester National Park.

"The only urban project, at Mundaring in suburban Perth, involves the creation and enhancement of fauna refuge and habitat sites.

"The Mundaring Green Corps team will make nesting boxes, rock dens and den hollows, which will preserve and enhance the local wildlife populations."

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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