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Luke Hartsuyker MP Federal Member for Cowper

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January 23, 2007

Four more local job seekers commence in Western Australia

Four mature aged job seekers from Coffs Harbour have begun a new working life in Western Australia as part of the Australian Government’s relocation pilot, Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said today.

The new recruits moved to Western Australia earlier this month where they completed their training,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

This week they started working with Compass, a catering and services organisation which provides services to the WA mining industry.

The new recruits will be employed in a fly-in fly-out arrangement and be working as cooks, kitchen hands and cleaners in the Western Australian mining industry.

Minister for Workforce Participation Dr Sharman Stone said 25 job seekers have already relocated from Coffs Harbour and Nowra to Western Australia through the pilot.

“The programme has been hugely successful. These new recruits have now have commenced full-time employment building and plastering, and more recently in the mining industry,” Minister Stone said.

“Employers in WA are impressed with the quality and work ethic of their new recruits, many of whom had been unemployed on the NSW North Coast for some time.

“The relocation pilot helps the unemployed who are keen to work, but are located in a place of comparatively higher unemployment.

“The Federal Government support of up to $5,000 for relocation costs helps the new recruits start a new life,” Dr Stone said.

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