The Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, today announced 54 new Green Corps projects that will make a positive impact on the environment across Australia.
Green Corps is an Australian Government funded program that provides young people aged between 17 and 20 the opportunity to volunteer to conserve, preserve and restore Australia’s environment and cultural heritage.
“Green Corps provides participants with training in recognised skills that are designed to help young people to gain work opportunities in related fields,” Mr O’Connor said.
“Participants will be trained under the supervision of a qualified team leader and will gain a Certificate I qualification in horticulture, conservation and land management.”
Mr O’Connor said the latest round of projects were spread across regional, rural and remote areas of Australia.
New projects include:
- Ensuring the long term sustainability of remnant vegetation of the Toowoomba escarpment area in Queensland.
- Rehabilitating the Spring Creek Dam Wetlands in Orange, New South Wales.
- Preserving the cultural heritage and environmental assets in the Albany region in Western Australia.
- Preserving the environment and educating the community of environmental values in Tasmania’s Kingsborough region.
- Addressing coastal environmental issues on public and crown land in Alexandrina, South Australia.
- Restoring a heritage railway carriage and protecting the local Queenscliff environment in The Bellarine Heritage, Community and Conservation Project
- Track maintenance and construction, tree planting, water monitoring, boardwalk construction, cane toad eradication and population counts in the Knuckey Lagoons region of the Northern Territory.
Central Victorian Training Group, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Greening Australia, Job Futures and Mission Australia will be delivering the Green Corps projects around Australia. These organisations will be responsible for sourcing partner agencies, developing projects, recruiting and supervising participants and supporting each team.
Mr O’Connor said that in line with its election commitment, the Rudd Government had reviewed the current employment services, including Green Corps.
“Following extensive consultation, the Australian Government has designed a new, streamlined employment services that will provide more tailored services for job seekers,” Mr O’Connor said.
“From 1 July next year, Green Corps activities will be a work experience option in the new employment services.
“Activities will retain their focus on natural environment and cultural heritage principles, with an added focus on water and climate change.
“Green Corps will also continue to provide the opportunity to integrate work experience with training, but will be expanded and now available to job seekers of all ages.”
More information about new Green Corps projects can be viewed at www.greencorps.gov.au.