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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

GREEN CORPS TEAM TO ESTABLISH WILDLIFE CORRIDOR AT KAMBAH


6 August 1998

The eighth round of Green Corp projects beginning in September will see an ACT team establish a wildlife corridor along the Murrumbidgee River near Kambah.

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 Australia wide, 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 and Endangered Species.

"The ACT Green Corps team will plant native shrubs and trees to establish a wildlife corridor in the Allens and McQuoids Creek sub-catchment of the Murrumbidgee River.

"They also will build fences to protect native vegetation and remove the exotic plant Pinus Radiata from creek banks."

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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