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Media Release

Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister for the Environment

BILOELA BUSHLAND TO BENEFIT


25 May 1998

Bushland in the Biloela area will be amongst the sites to benefit from seven new Green Corps projects announced today for Queensland.

The Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Ian Macdonald announced 37 new projects, to begin across Australia in June, which will provide places for 370 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, with links to Trust programs such as the Natural Wetlands Program and Bushcare.

"The Green Corp team will work with the Callide Valley Landcare group who is the partner agency to undertake planting, weed eradication and soil surveys as part of the project.

"The Green Corps projects funded so far had been extremely successful. The continued high number of applications showed that the program was on the right track in assisting young people to reach their future potential while helping to restore the environment.

"This announcement of the sixth and seventh rounds of Green Corps projects marks the continued delivery of a key election commitment by the Howard Government. The $42 million program will provide opportunities for 3,500 young Australian's over a two-year period," Senator Macdonald said.

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