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


29 July 1998

Four new Green Corps teams will aim to revegetate sand dunes, protect native animal habitats and control invasive weeds in wetlands and coastal areas of Queensland.

The Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Ian Macdonald, today (Wednesday) announced 27 new projects, to begin across Australia in September, which will provide places for 270 young Australians aged between 17 and 20 years.

Senator Macdonald said the projects complemented the Howard Government's environmental rescue package, the $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust, with links to Trust programs such as Bushcare, the largest new program under the Trust, and Landcare.

"The four new Queensland projects will take place in Hervey Bay, Townsville, Cairns and Innisfail.

"The Innisfail project will complement the Natural Heritage Trust's Bushcare projects for the Wet Tropics region of Far Northern Queensland - one of the largest revegetation projects of its type in the country.

"The Innisfail project will make an important contribution to restoring the Johnstone region of the Wet Tropics to address losses of riparian, coastal and wetland vegetation."

"The Townsville project will maintain and enhance the significant conservation values of wetlands, estuary and riparian communities along the Ross River. The team will support the Townsville City Council's conservation strategy "Living Today for Tomorrow".

"The Cairns project will target areas for rehabilitation in and around the Kamerunga Conservation Park and along sections of Freshwater Creek.

"The Hervey Bay project aims to protect and restore dune environments at beaches close to the City.

"The Green Corp teams will work with local 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.

29 July 1998
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