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Media Release

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

GREEN CORPS GRADUATION


28 May 1998

Ten Young Gold Coast people will earn themselves a $500 graduation grant at a Ceremony in Canungra today (Friday 29 May).

Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald, announced this while officiating at the graduation of the Canungra Green Corps Team.

"Since December 1997, the team at Canungra have been involved in rainforest restoration and maintenance following land rehabilitation and planting.

"Their project also included maintenance of cabinet timber species, landscaping around the Land Warfare Centre and restoration of five historical sites at Kokoda Barracks.

"As part of their community project the team undertook tasks to rehabilitate and restore Canungra Primary School creek frontage including weeding and planting of native species and maintenance of a Riverine walkway.

"These graduates take with them valuable skills which may be used as credit towards further education and training.

"The young people based at Canungra are amongst the fourth round of projects nationally to graduate," said Senator Macdonald.

Since the first round of projects commenced in March 1997, more than 1,200 young people have participated in Green Corps. These young people have planted over half a million trees, built more than 100 kilometres of walking track, collected more than 250 kg of native seed and constructed over 100 kilometres of fencing.

Young people interested in finding out more about how they can take part in Green Corps should contact the toll-free Green Corps hotline on 1 800 633 844. Information is also available on the Internet at www.deetya.gov.au/greencorps

Ends
28 May 1998
For further Information Contact: Paula Randall 0419 238 756

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