The Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O'Connor today announced seven new Green Corps projects for Tasmania.
During a visit to inspect works at an existing Green Corp project restoring riverside environments on the banks of the Huon River at Franklin, Mr O'Connor said the seven new projects would help participants gain new skills as well as help to conserve and restore the Tasmanian environment.
The new projects are part of 60 new Green Corps projects Australia-wide.
Green Corps is a federally funded program which provides Australians aged between17-20 with the opportunity to participate in projects that conserve, preserve and restore Australia's environment and cultural heritage.
The seven new projects in Tasmania include:
- Development and landscaping at the Ravenswood Community Centre, Waverley Lake and Distillery Creek Gorge;
- Wildlife care and rescue and community education in Forthside;
- Hobart College and Community Wetlands and Bushcare project;
- Fusion Forest Glen Sustainable Communities project in Kingston;
- Cygnet Heritage Culture and Community project;
- Peppermint Bay Community Cultural Heritage and Biodiversity project; and
- Fusion Forest Glen Sustainable Communities project in Kingston.
"This new round of Green Corps projects gives young people the chance to be part of a project which allows them to be involved in the regeneration and protection of our beautiful natural environment," Mr O'Connor said.
"Green Corps enables young people to work in a team of participants similar in age under the supervision of a qualified team leader, earn a weekly training allowance while at the same time receiving training in recognised skills that can lead to work in related fields.
"The Franklin River Community Riverside Environment and Heritage project is a good example of how Green Corp projects improve the skills of participants but also provide benefits for the whole community for many years to come."
Each Green Corps project runs for six months with participants receiving accredited training in courses such as Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management.
More project details are available at www.greencorps.gov.auunder the 'Get involved' section.