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|Joint Media Release|
6 August 1998
Six new Green Corps projects announced today for New South Wales will restore vegetation communities including rainforest, control feral animals and noxious plants, and design and maintain walking tracks across the State.
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 Feral Animal Control Program.
"The teams will work in a range of areas across the State, from Broken Hill to Byron Bay and Newcastle.
"A Green Corps team will work in rainforest regions on the Manning Coastline near Taree. The team will control invasive weeds, plant native plants and collect local seed stock for revegetation projects.
"The project will complement the actions of community groups aiming to preserve the natural heritage values of the region."
Mr Abbott said the Green Corps projects funded so far had been extremely successful. The continued high number of applications showed 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 Newcastle The project promotes further rehabilitation for the Wallsend Employment historic railway Precinct, Sandgate Cemetery. Key and Training activities will be weed and erosion control, tree Services planting and walking track design/construction. Wingham The project involves restoration of original Wingham 2000, riparian rainforest vegetation at sites on Cedar Kilabakh Landcare, Party Creek sub-catchment. Tasks will include Greater Taree City revegetation, weed control strategy trials and Council, Gloucester implementation. The team will further enhance the Rural Lands environmental outcomes achieved by a previous Green Protection Board Corps project team. Broken Hill The project will focus on a variety of activities NSW National Parks in the Kinchega National Park. These will include and Wildlife Service rabbit and weed control, fauna surveys, walking track design/construction, Aboriginal site protection and boundary fencing. Cessnock The project includes three main components. It will Cessnock City aim to rehabilitate a riparian rainforest and Council repair waterways towards creating a habitat corridor for local fauna in Chinaman's Hollow. Other components will involve the restoration/rehabilitation of a former coal mining site and the treatment of wombats effected by mange. Taree The project will undertake vegetation restoration Greater Taree City in the littoral rainforest remnants on the Manning Council Coastline. Tasks will include removal of invasive weeds, planting native species and the collection/propagation of local seed stock. The project will complement the actions of community groups aiming to preserve the sites natural heritage values. Broken Head The project will add to environmental outcomes National Parks and Nature achieved by a previous Green Corps team at the Wildlife Service Reserve popular Broken Head Nature Reserve, near Byron Bay. Tasks will include weed control, rainforest and coastal shrub rehabilitation and regeneration, soil conservation and walking track maintenance.