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|Joint Media Release|
6 August 1998
Seven new Green Corps projects announced today for Victoria will bring about a greater diversity of plants and animals, an improved nature trail and the continued planting of native plants.
The Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Ian Macdonald, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Tony Abbott, announced 27 new projects, to begin across Australia in September, which will provide places for 270 young Australians aged between 17 and 20.
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.
"A Green Corps team will address the impact of increasing visitor numbers and pest animals and plants at the Brisbane Ranges National Park near Anakie, west of Melbourne. Team members will develop weed identification skills and survey, mapping and revegetation techniques.
"Another team will address the threats to native vegetation within critical areas of the Discovery Bay Coastal Park, near Portland on the State's south coast. The team will monitor and control pest plant species, conduct tracking and fencing work, and will also repair heritage structures at the Cape Nelson Lighthouse."
Mr Abbott said that 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.
The announcement of the eighth round 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 3500 young Australians over a two year period.
Maxine Sells, Mr Abbott's office (02) 62774337
Paula Randall, Senator Macdonald's office (07) 47713066 / 0419 238 756
Green Corps - Round Eight Projects
Location Project description Partner agency Portland The project involves monitoring and controlling pest Parks Victoria plant species at Discovery Bay Coastal Park; site protection activities along Cape Nelson Scenic Drive and the Great South West Walk; and cultural heritage site maintenance at Cape Nelson Lighthouse. Anakie The project targets five key sites in the Brisbane Parks Victoria Ranges National Park and the Mount Anakie Scenic Reserve. Vegetation restoration techniques, pest animal control, track maintenance, weed identification, survey and mapping will be important components of the project. Healesville The project aims to restore and conserve the "Nature Healesville Trail" at the Healesville Sanctuary. Bush regeneration, Sanctuary walking track construction and planting of indigenous flora will be key activities. The project will enhance the habitat and stream quality of Badger Creek. Mildura The project will continue a flora display process Australian Inland commenced by a previous Green Corps team at the Botanic Gardens Australian Inland Botanic Gardens. The gardens are a Inc showcase for Australian dryland flora. Planting and the installation of irrigation systems, streams and pathways will be key activities. Colac The project aims to restore and protect habitat in the Department of Barwon River Catchment and to improve water quality. Natural Resources Specific activities include mapping land use, habitat and Environment and the distribution of animal wildlife, site assessment, seed collection, tree planting, remnant vegetation management and fencing for stock exclusion. Dimboola, The objective of the project is to restore, Parks Victoria Jeparit rehabilitate and upgrade the natural environs of a section of the Wimmera Heritage River. Specific tasks include revegetation using local species, conducting flora and fauna surveys, pest plant and animal control, fencing and soil conservation. Raywood The project is primarily aimed at the revegetation and Smith Reid North protection of Myers Creek. The protection of remnant vegetation, restriction of stock access and restoration of the understorey species undertaken by the project team will enhance the biodiversity of the area.