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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 THE NT


6 August 1998

Two new Green Corps projects announced today for the Northern Territory will assist the ongoing bush regeneration work around Darwin and provide techniques for fire and wildlife management near Humpty Doo.

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, the largest new program under the Trust, and Landcare.

"A Green Corps team will establish permanent monitoring plots in various landscapes throughout the proposed Mary River National Park, near Humpty Doo.

"By conducting wildlife trap and release surveys, the team will assist the development of fire management and wildlife management for the park.

"Another team will build on the success of a previous Green Corp project by working with a number of Landcare groups around Darwin on initiatives including revegetation, weed control, and water monitoring."

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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