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Greens launch $3.4m local green jobs boost for SA

South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young today joined the Minister for Employment Participation Mark Arbib in Melbourne for the national launch of the Local Jobs package, including more than $3.4 million in funding for five projects in South Australia.

The projects are part of the $360 million Local Jobs and community support components of the economic stimulus package, which were the result of successful negotiation between the Rudd Government and the Greens to secure the passage of the stimulus through the Senate in February.

“These projects represent five wins for South Australia – within Adelaide and the regional centres of Port Pirie and Murray Bridge – in terms of job creation and environmental sustainability,” said Senator Hanson-Young.

“The Greens worked with the Government to improve its Nation Building stimulus package by promoting the need for greater support for local green jobs to help transform the Australian economy to a low-carbon future.

“The South Australian projects I am announcing today are part of 10,000 local green jobs that have been secured by the Greens in the economic stimulus package.

“This is what the Greens are all about. We work practically to get real outcomes. We don't oppose for opposition’s sake. We are about cooperating in the Senate to achieve real solutions for the Australian public. This is a new style of politics that gets positive results.”

 “The Greens will continue to improve government legislation through sensible negotiations in the Senate,” she concluded.

Senator Hanson- Young announced five specific local projects to be rolled out in South Australia, which would collectively create 110 local green jobs, 15 traineeships and 45 work experience places:

* Port Pirie Regional Council’s Material Recovery Facility – converting the existing landfill and transfer station into a major recycling centre

* Office of Recreation and Sport’s South Australia River Torrens Linear Park Trail – putting information stations along the popular trail

* Finding Workable Solutions Inc’s Salvage & Save Regional Resource Recovery & Recycling Ventures – constructing and fitting out the first of four new recycling facilities in Murray Bridge

* Anglicare SA’s Angligreen Sustainable Food Waste Strategies – recycling food and paper waste into productive and usable compost through the use of work farms

* City of Playford’s Munno Para West Local Park and Green Corridor – redeveloping the park with play equipment, seating, a water fountain, tree planting and underground watering systems.

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