Hon Judi Moylan

Chittering and Mundaring to benefit from new Green Corps projects

Federal Member for Pearce Judi Moylan officially launched two new Green Corps projects yesterday that will see the assessment of the Eastern Hills bushland and foreshore areas and activities to ensure the survival of the Western Swamp Tortoise. Ten young people will participate in each project – the Eastern Hills Foreshore and Bushland Assessment Project based at Mundaring and the Save the Western Swamp Tortoise based at Chittering. The first project will provide a detailed assessment of data of bushland and foreshore area. The data will be collated into a regional database and incorporated into Geographical Information Systems. Condition assessment reports will be drafted and feedback requested from community environmental groups. The second project will help to ensure the survival of the Western Swamp Tortoise with the aim of raising community awareness and working towards issues related to its survival. These include water quality, fauna and rodent trapping, seed collection and weed mapping and eradication. Ms Moylan said it was great to see the enthusiasm of project leaders Tonnille Hawke and Cathy Page. Speaking at the launch, participants Annette Thompson (Save the Western Swamp Tortoise) and Vanya Vadala (Eastern Hills Foreshore and Bushland Assessment Project), were inspired by those they had met. Ms Moylan said: “This is testament to the fact that these projects provide young people with life skills, such as public speaking, leadership, caring for others, making friends and self-confidence.” The participants started work on January 26 and will finish their work in July. “Since the program was launched in 1996, participants in projects around Australia have planted 4 million trees, built 1,600 kilometres of walk trails, constructed 2,000 kilometres of protective fencing, weeded 29,000 hectares of land and collected 5,114 tonnes of seed,” Ms Moylan said. “A number of projects in the Pearce electorate have contributed to these amazing statistics.”

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