Landcare upgrading in Lismore and a special plant nursery in the Blue Mountains are part of the latest round of 19 new Green Corps projects in New South Wales announced today by the Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor.
Mr O’Connor said projects were among 59 new Green Corps projects across Australia, which will help participants gain new skills as well as helping to conserve and restore New South Wales environment and heritage.
Green Corps is a federally funded program which provides young people aged 17-20 with the opportunity to participate in projects that conserve, preserve and restore Australia’s environment and cultural heritage.
Green Corps also aims to help community groups with restoration and rehabilitation of the environment and heritage assets. Each project consists of a team of young people, learning new skills and establishing links with their communities.
During the course of each 26-week project, participants work towards a minimum of a Certificate I qualification in horticulture, conservation and land management.
“Many young people enjoy the outdoor activities of Green Corps and are keen to contribute to environmental regeneration and heritage restoration,” Mr O’Connor said.
“Green Corps enables them to work with people of their own age under the supervision of a qualified team leader and gives them training in recognised skills that are designed to lead to full-time work opportunities in related fields.”
Mr O’Connor said that in line with its election commitment the Government had reviewed the current employment services including the Green Corps program.
“Following extensive consultation, the Government has designed a new, streamlined employment services system that will provide more streamlined and tailored services for job seekers,” he said.
“Under the new Employment Services System which begins from 1 July 2009 Green Corps activities will continue as part of work experience for job seekers.”
The 19 new projects in NSW include:
- In partnership with the Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens and Lismore City Council, construction of nesting boxes for wildlife and developing a community recreational area in an area of degraded bushland in Lismore;
- Foreshore restoration in Port Macquarie and Camden Haven;
- Long jetty and Gosford Lagoons Rehabilitation project on the Central Coast; and
- Blackbutt Reserve Creek rehabilitation and bushland restoration project in Newcastle.
Other Green Corps projects in NSW are located in Moruya, Uralla, Camden, Ropes Creek, Buronga, Shellharbour, Picton, Kyogle, Wagga Wagga, Bendemeer, Gosford, Broughton, Singleton and Port Stephens.
The new Green Corps projects will begin in August. For more information about participating in these projects, visit www.greencorps.gov.au.