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Four new Work for the Dole projects to begin in Mallee electorate.



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MEDIA RELEASE

John Forrest MP

Federal Member for Mallee

 

 

FOUR NEW WORK FOR THE DOLE PROJECTS TO BEGIN IN MALLEE ELECTORATE

 

18 DECEMBER 1998

 

Federal Member for Mallee, John Forrest MP, today announced that four new Work for the Dole Projects will begi n in the Mallee electorate in the new year. 

 

Approved by the Federal Minister for Employment Services, the Hon. Tony Abbott, earlier today, the four projects will see 87 participants undertake community activities across the electorate. 

 

The four successful projects are:- 

  • Sunraysia Wider Community . To be operated by Sunraysia and Murray Group Training Ltd, this project will see 11 participants involved in a variety of activities with Sunraysia community organisations including health services and the Mildura Rural City Council and will operate over an eight month period from March 1999. Duties will include database compilation, teachers aide work and promotions.
  • Remote Employment Opportunities . The Murray Mallee Training Company Ltd has developed a project which involves placements in a variety of community organisations such as nursing homes, retirement villages, community development groups, tourist information centres and sporting clubs. The project will commence in February 1999 and will run for eight months.
  • Animal Shelter Assistants . The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has received approval for six Work for the Dole participants to undertake projects assisting with the care of animals, answering customer queries, and assisting clinic staff with animals. Six participants will be engaged to work in Mildura, Bendigo and Ballarat between April and September next year.
  • Community Resources Research . Maryborough Regional Education & Training Services Inc., will collate information on youth resources in the Bendigo Maryborough, Castlemaine, Charlton and Kyneton townships. The 10 participants will develop proposals to maximise delivery of these programs and research into the needs of local youth and report preparation. The project will begin in May and will run for six months.

 

Mr Forrest welcomed the innovative projects being proposed and congratulated the sponsors for their commitment to young unemployed people in their communities. 

 

"Since Work for the Dole commenced in October of 1997, ar
ound 16,000 job seekers have gained work experience in over 450 projects, with many going on to work or further education," he said. 

 

"All around Australia, Work for the Dole participants are making significant contributions to their local communities. 

 

The program works on the principal of mutual obligation, with the Government believing it is fair and just for people receiving unemployment benefits from the community to be asked to make a contribution to the community in return," said Mr Forrest. 

 

Mr Forrest said unemployed people wanting to participate should telephone Centrelink on 13 2490 or contact their local Centrelink office.

 

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