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Job seekers and Mt Isa community wins with work for the dole.



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B2004/112 - JOB SEEKERS AND MT ISA COMMUNITY WINS WITH WORK FOR THE DOLE

Residents at the Laura Johnson Home for the Aged in Mt Isa will benefit from a new Work for the Dole project which involves 20 jobless people working on a beautification and construction project at the aged care facility.

The Nationals Senator for Queensland, Ron Boswell, said the Work for the Dole participants have been working since last month on the project which includes construction of pathways for wheelchair access which will enable more residents to enjoy the outdoors. The project is expected to be completed by early January 2005.

Australia was testimony to the creative input and support of local communities. “These projects demonstrate that Work for the Dole is a real community effort with a great community benefit. I congratulate all those who have contributed to making Work for the Dole a real success,” he said.

Since the pilot round in late-1997, 18,841 projects had been approved, providing places for 300,907 Australians looking for work.

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“The Work for the Dole programme continues to go from strength to strength, generating worthwhile work experience for job seekers and better services for local communities,” Senator Boswell said.

“Job seekers who sign up for Work for the Dole projects gain a valuable connection and insight into the world of work, and what employers are looking for when they have jobs to fill.”

Senator Boswell said the success of Work for the Dole projects in both Mt Isa and across