Hon Judi Moylan

Two new Green Corps projects launched at Shire of Mundaring

Refreshing speeches, enthusiasm and smiles all round - this describes the launch of two Green Corps projects at the Shire of Mundaring recently. At the launch Member for Pearce Judi Moylan was complimentary of the young people's enthusiasm and commitment to "have a go". Speakers Annette Thompson and Vanya Vadala set the scene, explaining that the projects were "fantastic" and they made friends and met people who inspired them. Team leaders Tonnille Hawke (Eastern Hills Foreshore and Bushland Assessment) and Cathy Page (Save the Western Swamp Tortoise) have 10 participants each. The Save the Western Swamp Tortoise Project, at Ellenbrook and Chittering, aims to raise community awareness with the goal of forming a Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise interest group. The project is looking at issues related to the tortoise's survival, such as rodent trapping, seed collection, weed mapping and eradication and water quality. The bushland project, based in the hills, involves data collection for the surrounding foreshore, bushland, riverbank and creek beds. The data will be collated and feedback sought from community environmental groups. Since the Green Corps program was launched in 1996, participants involved with projects across Australia have planted about 4 million trees, built about 1600 kilometres of walk trails, constructed about 2000 kilometres of protective fencing, weeded about 29,000 hectares of land and collected about 5114 tonnes of seed.

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