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Media Release

Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister for the Environment

RAVENSHOE CRUSADERS LAUNCHED


7 May 1998

Ten young Australians have shown their commitment to Australia's environment by volunteering for a new Green Corps project at Ravenshoe.

The Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Ian Macdonald today (Friday 8/5/98) launched the project which is part of the Government's $42 million commitment to youth training and the environment.

Unveiling the project Senator Macdonald said the Ravenshoe Green Corps Project aims to connect remaining forest fragments, eradicate weed infestations, enhance water quality and improve the habitat for the yellow bellied glider.

"The Green Corps youth training and environment program clearly demonstrates the Government's commitment to young Australians and the environment in regional communities.

"The Green Corp team of 10 environmental volunteers aged between 17 and 20 have put up their hand and offered to do things to help our environment.

"The Green Corps trainees will be eligible for accredited training in fields such as environmental audit skills, land conservation and restoration and occupational health and safety. This training will improve their future employment opportunities," said Senator Macdonald.

The Green Corps program provides great opportunities for young people aged to make a meaningful contribution to Australia's future by helping to conserve and restore the area's natural and cultural heritage.

Green Corps members work for six months on projects in all State and Territories in rural, remote and urban regions where important environmental work is required.

The Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers has been appointed to administer the Green Corps programme. Young people interested in becoming involved in a Green Corps project can contact the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers National Hotline on 1800 633 844.

**Senator Macdonald will launch the project at the Ravenshoe Visitor Centre at 1pm. Media Welcome**.

ENDS
7th May, 1998
For more information contact Philip Connole on (07) 4771 3066 or 0411 042 813.

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