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More than 2000 new Work for the Dole opportunities for job seekers in Queensland.



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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Media Release

03804

More than 2000 new Work for the Dole opportunities for job seekers in Queensland

Employment Services Minister, Mal Brough, announced 148 new Queensland projects today, offering 2,267 places for jobseekers to gain valuable work experience.

One of the new projects involves the formation of a performance group that sings, plays instruments and entertains school students and residents in aged care facilities around Reedy Creek.

“Work for the Dole participants take part in a wide range of activities designed to both develop good work habits and also help their local communities through better facilities. Work for the Dole is a mutual obligation initiative that allows participants to give something back to their local communities,” Mr Brough said.

A new Drought Force project under the Work for the Dole umbrella will help a drought-hit farm at Clifton. Participants will assist with fencing, stock feeding, weed management and general labouring.

The new Queensland projects also include:

● A range of administrative, clerical, property and grounds maintenance tasks for the Burdekin Community

Association at Ayr. ● Upgrading old computers for donation to public schools in Ipswich.

● Conducting water surveys, collecting seeds and caring for plants and wildlife around Crows Nest, Toowoomba

and Withcott. ● Assisting with paving, decking, concreting and landscaping at the Helensvale Rugby Union Club.

● Restoring an old ambulance for the Wynnum Ambulance Museum.

● Helping the Baptist Union of Queensland with gardening, meal preparation and diversional therapy at Wishart

● Planning, organising and promoting public community events in Gympie.

“Work for the Dole is a real community effort. Local sponsors provide the opportunities and local Community Work Coordinators provide the administration back-up that makes Work for the Dole a signature programme of the Federal Government,” Mr Brough said.

This month’s new projects bring the number in Queensland since Work for the Dole started in late 1997 to 3,127 projects, with a total of 66,733 valuable work experience places.

Mr Brough announced 731 new Work for the Dole projects across Australia with 8,940 new places available. Since 1997, 16,571 projects across Australia have offered 274,225 opportunities for unemployed Australians.

A list of Work for the Dole projects approved for funding can be found at http://workplace.gov.au/workplace/activities.

For further information contact:

Peter Gandolfi Minister Broughs Office 02 6277 7540

Further information on Work for the Dole Susan Black 02 6121 6064

10/03/2004