Member for Page Janelle Saffin today commended an Australian Government Green Corps team for completing a 26-week project improving recreational facilities and environmental sites around Lismore.

The team, managed by Greening Australia, has worked in partnership with Friends of Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens, training organisation EnviTE and Lismore City Council.

Ms Saffin said: “These committed team members have built a barbecue facility at Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens and constructed a walking track at Lismore Lake for bird-watching.

“Their efforts will bring valuable benefits to the local community. This project has improved the ecology of the area and contributed to the community’s growing interest in greener lifestyles.

“I am pleased to report that under the new Employment Services System, which begins on 1 July 2009, Green Corps activities will continue as part of work experience for job seekers”

“It has been very successful locally in helping people get jobs and feel good about helping our local environment.”

Green Corps provides young people aged 17–20 with the opportunity to participate in projects that conserve, preserve and restore Australia’s natural environment and cultural heritage.

It also helps community groups with restoration and rehabilitation of the environment and heritage assets.

Once completed, the local project will add to the long list of successful outcomes from the Green Corps program across Australia.

Nationally, Green Corps participants have propagated and planted more than 15 million trees, erected more than 8500 kilometres of fencing, collected more than 11,000 kilograms of seeds, and built or maintained more than 6000 kilometres of walking tracks or boardwalks.

For more information on Green Corps visit www.greencorps.gov.au