Judi Moylan Disappointed About Changes to the Green Corp Programme
Posted on Friday, 23 May 2008
Federal Member for Pearce, the Hon Judi Moylan MP has expressed her disappointed at the Labor Government’s decision to dramatically alter the Green Corp Programme.
Labor has announced that they will abolish the Green Corps allowance for participants and expand eligibility to all age groups.
According to Mrs Moylan the changes will completely detract from the original Green Corp concept, which was established as a volunteer youth development and environmental training programme.
“Green Corps was a programme that gave young Australians the opportunity to be actively involved in positive environmental work and contributing to the restoration of our cultural, natural and built heritage,” Mrs Moylan said.
Mrs Moylan said since the Coalition Government introduced the programme in 1997, more than 18 000 young Australians had benefited from participating in the six-month programme.
“Last year there were 1740 places available nationally, with many in the Pearce region.” Mrs Moylan explained.
“It is such a shame that the Rudd Government has elected to change what was a very successful programme.”
To date Green Corps participants have propagated and planted more than 14 million trees, collected more than 9500 kilograms of native seeds, completed more than 5000 animal or plant surveys, hosted more than 1000 community field days and have erected more than 8000 kilometres of fencing.