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National Media Release
The Hon Trish Worth, MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for
Education, Training and Youth Affairs
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone, MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the
Environment and Heritage

7 December 1999

GREEN CORPS CLOSING IN ON 2 MILLION TREES


The new millennium is looking greener thanks to the hard work of Green Corps teams around Australia who are on track to plant two million trees by Christmas.

Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary for Environment and Heritage and Ms Trish Worth, Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, announced the results today saying that environmental and employment outcomes had increased significantly over the past year.

"The Green Corps latest results indicate that 46% of participants have gone on to unsubsidised work and another 21% are pursuing further study or training. Half the jobs are full-time and over one-third are in the environmental field," Ms Worth said.

"This figure has risen by 7% since an earlier study this year, demonstrating that the Government's renewed commitment to Green Corps is working well."

"The great news is Green Corps combination of accredited training and practical work experience is translating into jobs and new career options for graduates with around 90% of participants reporting that their self-esteem and chances of getting a job have improved."

"I am constantly impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of those who volunteer for the program. The over subscription of hopeful participants and high retention rates of those selected for the program go some way to illustrate the success of this nation-building initiative".

Sharman Stone said an environmental stocktake of Green Corps teams activities showed teams had:

"This is a tremendous result for the environment and for young Australians. It puts Green Corps volunteers at the forefront of natural resource management and protection in Australia," Dr Stone said.

"As well we have seen a number of new projects protecting our historic and cultural heritage. Iron lace has been restored in Bendigo and convict era semaphore stations have been restored in Tasmania," she said.

The results include all projects completed by August 1999. Further projects are due to wrap up on Christmas Eve, with new projects commencing early in the New Year.

In the 1999-2000 Budget the Federal Government extended the Green Corps program for an additional four years. The $88.8 million investment will provide 6,800 new places for trainees from around Australia aged between 17 and 20 years.

To nominate a project for Green Corps or to apply for a place, call the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers on 1800 633 844 or visit the website at www.atcv.com.au.

For further information please contact:
Nicole Johnston, Dr Stone's Office, 02 6277 2016 or 0419 219 415
Sasha Pendal, Ms Worth's Office, 02 6277 4337 or 0412 544 203

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