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Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage

23 April 1999

GREEN CORPS VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR BENDIGO-KANGAROO FLAT PROJECT


Ten young people with an interest in the environment will be able to take part in a new Green Corps project at Kangaroo Flat, Sharman Stone MP, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment announced today.

Applications for the positions are now being called for.

Mrs Stone said the project was part of a bigger vision to regenerate the southern escarpment of Big Hill, for 3 kms on either side of the Calder Highway. The project focuses on protecting and enhancing remnant vegetation and revegetating native bushland through tree planting and direct seeding.

"Restoring native bushland will help reduce salinity problems in the area, as well as restoring fragile native habitat for local wildlife," Sharman Stone said.

The project kicks off on 28 June 1999, and requires a full-time, 26-week commitment.

"The project is open to any young person aged between 17 and 20 years, whether they are currently working, studying or unemployed. The only criteria is a passion for the environment," Mrs Stone said.

Green Corps trainees receive a training allowance of up to $259 per week depending on their age and qualifications. Successful trainees are also eligible to apply for an additional $500 to assist with the cost of further education or training.

As well as hands-on conservation activities, Green Corps trainees will receive 134 hours of accredited training in first aid, land conservation, land practices and rehabilitation planning and occupation health and safety.

Project activities will include:

"This is a fantastic project that will give 10 young people a great opportunity to learn more about conservation and natural resource management. In many cases, Green Corps experience has also helped lead to a career in natural resource management," Sharman Stone said.

"I encourage young people in Bendigo and surrounding towns, with an interest in the environment, to put in an application and give Green Corps a go," Mrs Stone said.

Volunteers who are interested in applying should call the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers on freecall 1800 633 844.

For further information please contact:
Nicole Johnston, Assistant Adviser, 02 6277 2016 or 0419 219 415

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