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|Joint Media Release|
6 August, 1998
Five bushland reserves in the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale south of Perth are set to benefit from a new Green Corps project announced today for Western Australia.
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 Weeds Program.
"The Green Corps project will boost the resilience of each of the five bushland reserves recognised for their biodiversity values.
"The team will restore and protect a variety of native vegetation and increase local understanding of species and plant communities through the collection and cataloguing of plant specimens.
"This effort will assist community groups undertaking direct-seeding projects, support the significant work of landholders and community groups and complement the work of a Natural Heritage Trust project: 'Restoring Serpentine Jarrahdale for Tomorrow'."
Mr Abbott said 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