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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 594 Published: 25/2/2002 Title: 98 New Work for the Dole Opportunities

The Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, today welcomed news that Federal Government funding had been secured for nine Work for the Dole projects in Eden-Monaro.

“These projects will give 98 unemployed people the chance to learn new skills or upgrade their old skills. And that can only boost their chances of gaining paid work with the extra credentials they have to offer potential employers,” Mr Nairn said.

“This round, I am delighted to announce the following projects:

Queanbeyan, Page (ACT)(25 places) Build an outdoor recreational area for aged and frail people

Nelligen, Surfside, Batemans Bay, Batehaven, Surf Beach, Lilli Pilli, Malua Bay, Tomakin, Broulee, Mogo (12 places) A portfolio of activities proposed by the Eurobodalla Shire Council and other not-for-profit groups to enhance local community facilities - project planning, team building, building renovation, cycleway and pathway construction, landscaping.

Bandara, Bega, Tathra, Eden, Merimbula, Towamba (10 places) Participants will be placed within organisations performing a variety of additional support roles and tasks profit groups. For example the Rural Fire Service and Rotary. Tasks include administration, reception, basic maintenance, child care assistant, radio announcing and community welfare support.

Manna Park, Bega, Merimbula, Tathra (20 places) The team will undertake construction based activities for Bega Valley Shire Council, local schools and nursing homes.

Batemans Bay (1 place) To assist the Parents and Citizens to improve canteen food and services for the school’s students, teachers and visitors.

Moruya (2 places) A desktop publishing unit to assist community agencies with designing and producing marketing materials and information.

Narooma, Dalmeny, Mystery Bay, Tuross Head, Bodalla, Congo, Moruya (10 places) A portfolio of activities proposed by the Eurobodalla Shire Council to improve and beautify local community facilities - project planning, team building, building renovation, cycleway and pathway construction as well as landscaping.

Moruya (2 places) To teach teenagers basic driving skills, vehicle care, risk & hazard evaluation

prior to gaining a learner’ s permit.

Queanbeyan (16 places) To create web sites for community based organisations, such as QBN FM and CYBI (Creating Youth Business Initiative)

“As is evident from the diversity of these projects, the great thing about the Work for the Dole programme is that the local community also benefits.

“I want to thank local sponsors who proposed these worthwhile projects and also the Community Work Coordinators for getting the projects on the road.”

Mr Nairn said the success of Work for the Dole projects both in Eden-Monaro and across Australia is testimony to the creative input and support of local communities. He said since the pilot round in late 1997, 8261 projects had been approved, providing places

for nearly 170,000 unemployed Australians.