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New Green Corps project to rejuvenate the Northern Territory

Track construction, tree planting and cane toad eradication will be undertaken at the Knuckey Lagoons as part of a new Green Corps project for the Northern Territory announced today by the Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor.

Mr O’Connor said the new Northern Territory project was among 54 new Green Corps projects across Australia designed to help young people gain new skills as they conserve and restore their local environment.

Green Corps is an Australian Government funded program for people aged between17 and 20 who wish to work on environmental projects while gaining recognised skills in conservation and land management. The projects run for six months.

Green Corps also aims to help community groups with the restoration and rehabilitation of the environment and heritage assets.

“This Green Corps project will not only provide work experience and training for young people, but will also contribute to the protection of Australia’s environment and cultural heritage,” Mr O’Connor said.

Member for Solomon, Damian Hale, said participants in theKnuckey Lagoons Community Projectwould undertake important works to protect the wetland habitat and include water monitoring, boardwalk construction, increased signage and works to enable disabled track access.

Mr O’Connor said 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.