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Twelve new Green Corps projects for Queensland

Projects at Mackay and Maroochydore are just two of the 12 new Green Corps projects announced today by the Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor.

Mr O’Connor said these projects were part of 65 new Green Corps projects Australia wide and would help participants gain new skills as well as help to conserve and restore Queensland’s environment and heritage.

Green Corps is a federally funded program which provides young people aged between 17 and 20 with the opportunity to participate in projects that conserve, preserve and restore Australia’s environment and cultural heritage.

The 12 new projects in Queensland include:

  • Rehabilitation and management of Pioneer Catchment and coastal dunes and wetlands at Mackay;
  • Maroochydore and Caloundra riparian and revitalisation project;
  • Tambourine Mountain green links;
  • Revegetation of riparian areas of Hervey Bay at Urangan; and
  • Whipbird Gully rehabilitation project at Moore Park, Indooroopilly.

"The new round of Green Corps projects gives young people the chance to get involved with projects that restores and preserves our beautiful natural environment and heritage and acquire accredited training which will assist them in their future work or studies," Mr O’Connor said.

"Young people work in teams under the supervision of a qualified team leader, earn a weekly training allowance while at the same time receive training in recognised skills that are designed to lead to work in related fields.

"Green Corps is a way for young people to work in a team environment, learn new skills and make a very positive, long standing contribution to their community."

Locations in Queensland in which projects have been approved include Mareeba, Townsville, Mackay, Tambourine Mountain, Brisbane, Cooloola, Bluewater, Nambour, the Fraser Coast and Cairns.To find out more about Green Corps visit www.greencorps.gov.au