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Victorian Green Corps projects announced to mark Australia Day

The Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, today celebrated Australia Day by announcing six new Green Corps projects that will help to improve and restore the Victorian environment.

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.

“Announcing six new Victorian Green Corps projects is a great way to mark Australia Day and is part of 15 new projects nationwide. These projects will contribute to environmental regeneration and heritage restoration,” Mr O’Connor said.

“Green Corps provides participants training in recognised skills that could lead to full-time work opportunities in related fields.

“Participants will be trained under the supervision of a qualified team leader and gain a minimum of a Certificate I qualification in horticulture, conservation and land management.”

Mr O’Connor said the new Victorian projects were located in Warrnambool, Moonee Ponds, Castlemaine / Wedderburn, Ballarat, Newport Lakes and Creswick and included:

  • Environmental works to provide safe and controlled access to State forests in the Castlemaine region;
  • Weed control, construction and maintenance of walking tracks and landscape planning for the Sovereign Hill Environment and Living Museum project; and,
  • Improvement to habitats along the Maribyrnong River at Moonee Ponds.

Conservation Volunteers Australia will deliver the new Green Corps projects in Victoria and will source partner agencies and supervising participants.

Mr O’Connor said that in line with its election commitment, the Australian Government had reviewed the current employment services, including Green Corps.

“Following extensive consultation, the Australian Government has designed a new, streamlined employment services system that will provide more tailored services for job seekers,” he said.

“Green Corps activities will remain an important work experience option under the new employment services which begin on July 1.

“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.”

For more information about Green Corps Round 53 projects visit www.greencorps.gov.au.