Hon Judi Moylan

New Green Corps project to protect banks of Avon River and surrounding reserves

Member for Pearce Hon Judi Moylan MP today announced a team of volunteers would take part in the Government’s Green Corps initiative to enhance the health of the Avon River. “These young people are among hundreds around Australia volunteering to join Green Corps, giving young Australians the opportunity to be involved in environmental regeneration work, as well as contributing to the restoration of our cultural and built heritage,” says Ms Moylan. The Avon River, Parks and Reserves Management project will involve – • The erection of bollards and barriers at the entrance of firebreaks and vehicle tracks to control vehicle access; • planting seeds; • re-establishing vegetation; • weed control; • rehabilitation of the banks of the Avon River; • seed collection; • seed propagation; and • mosquito management. Ms Moylan said that since the Government introduced Green Corps in 1997, more than 16,000 young Australians had benefited from participating in the six-month program. “This year there are 1740 places available nationally, with many in Pearce.” To date, Green Corps volunteers have – • propagated and planted more than 14 million trees; • collected more than 9500 kilograms of seeds; • completed more than 5000 animal or plant surveys; • hosted more than 1000 community field days; and • built or maintained more than 5000 kilometres of walking tracks or boardwalks. “Young people from Pearce are encouraged to join Green Corps for a six-month placement. One of the benefits of being part of Green Corps, includes improved career and employment prospects through accredited training, work experience and personal development opportunities.” For more information about this initiative visit the Green Corps website at www.greencorps.gov.au

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