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Sandy Macdonald The Nationals Senator for NSW www.sandymacdonald.com.au 4 March 2004

Central West Work for the Dole places

The February round for the Work for the Dole program has been announced with 15 projects in the Central West, NSW Senator Sandy Macdonald announced today.

“Work for the Dole will allow 99 jobseekers access to learn a variety of skills while at the same time improving local facilities or assisting local community organisations,” Senator Macdonald said.

• 3 places for the Borenore Caves Christmas Activity project (Borenore) which will improve public access to the main Borenore Caves area by removing weeds and repairing trails.

• 2 places in the Central Western project (Oberon) involving outdoor and labouring work experience with local community employers around Oberon and Bathurst.

• 4 places in the Western Work Focus project (Bathurst) to undertake work experience including kitchen-hand duties, food preparation, administration and grounds maintenance.

• 6 places in the Caring for Gardens, Property & Organisations in Need 2 project (Bathurst) to undertake various garden maintenance projects.

• 6 places in the Community Involvement Team project (Borenore, Cadia, Cudal, Nashdale, Orange) involving painting, garden maintenance, rebuilding fences and fire control.

• 8 places in the Crossroads Renovation Reconstruction project (Orange) where participants will undertake the construction of a kitchen, shelves and cupboards for a heritage cottage and restore furniture for the Salvation Army.

• 4 places for the Oberon Community Assistance project to help with the cleaning and restoration of old equipment, data collection, and computer support.

• 4 places in the Putt Putt Golf at the PCYC project (Bathurst) to demolish an existing skatepark to make way for the construction of a putt putt golf course.

• 8 places in the Repair and Restore project (Orange) involving the assessment, sorting, cataloguing and restoration off furniture, clothing, whitegoods and electrical items.

• 6 places in the Restoring the Bathurst Goldfields Historic Site project to re-establish old trade workshops and machinery, undertake ground maintenance and collect and catalogue historic items.

• 24 places in the Workers on Wheels project (Orange) to assist several hosts in vegetation regeneration, bridge and walkway building and community assistance to charities.

• 6 places in the Zig-zag Railway Maintenance team project (Lithgow) to maintain the site and gardens around the station, improve fire protection and clean carriages.

• 8 places in the Orange Community Assistance Scheme project to undertake office administration, data collection, retail sales and general maintenance for charity organisations.

• 10 places in the Patterson Community Assistance project (Cowra, Orange) undertaking work experience in horticulture, food preparation, woodwork, painting and construction.

“The Work for the Dole program is open to jobseekers over the age of 18, who are currently receiving a Newstart or Youth Allowance.”

“I encourage jobseekers in the Central West to become involved in this program, which will provide them with valuable work skills,” Senator Macdonald said.

To become involved in a local Work for the Dole project, contact the enquiry hotline on 13 62 68 or visit the website at www.workplace.gov.au/workplace/wfd.

Since the first round of Work for the Dole projects in late 1997, 16,571 projects have been approved, providing places for 274,225 Australians looking for work.

Media Contact: Rachel Kingsford Smith 6277 3705 / 0427 570 506