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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

TWO GREEN CORPS TEAMS TARGET TASMANIA


6 August 1998

The Boronia Hill Reserves near Kingston and weed control along the St Paul's and Apsley Rivers are set to benefit from two new Green Corps projects announced today for Tasmania.

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 and the National Reserve System Program.

"One Green Corps team will focus on weed control as part of a management program for stands of remnant native pines and six other threatened plant species near the towns of Avoca and Bicheno.

"The project will map the extent of weeds around the St Pauls and Apsley Rivers and identify primary areas for control. Landowners will plough, burn, cut, and paint weeds with herbicide. Fire will also be used to stimulate the regeneration of a threatened species in one area.

"The second team will concentrate on bush regeneration and fire hazard reduction in the Boronia Hill Reserves near Kingston.

"The team will also maintain and add to the Alum Cliffs Track that links Taroona and Kingston Beach by erecting traffic and pedestrian barriers and visitor information signage."

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.

Media Contacts:
Maxine Sells, Mr Abbott's office (02) 62774337
Paula Randall, Senator Macdonald's office (07) 47713066 / 0419 238 756

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