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Hunter a big winner in new work for the dole projects.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2000

Unemployed people and local communities will benefit from new Work for the Dole projects, in the Hunter, Newcastle, Shortland and Charlton electorates.

10 new projects have been approved by the Howard Government in the Hunter Region and will commence over the coming months.

The local projects will provide 140 places for unemployed people to gain valuable work experience as well as making a contribution to the community.

Senator Tierney welcomed the new opportunities these projects would provide for jobseekers and congratulated sponsors for their commitment to young unemployed people and their communities.

The Work for the Dole program has proven to be highly successful for these job seekers with approximately 34% of participants in employment three months after completing their placement.

"Australians are seeing the significant improvement Work for the Dole participants have made to their local communities," Senator Tierney said.

The successful projects include the Hunter Community Program located at Sandgate Cemetery for maintenance and restoration, earthquake repair work for the Newcastle Adult Education Centre (WEA) and work experience in the Experience Matters 2000 project with Lake Macquarie Council.

Unemployed people wanting to participate should contact Centrelink on 13 28 50 or visit their local Centrelink office. Project sponsors will call for participants through local advertising campaigns, community networks and agencies and Centrelink in the coming weeks.

A complete list of projects approved for the funding can be accessed through the Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business website at Enquiries relating to the Community Work Co-ordinators and Work for the Dole can also be directed to the Work for the Dole enquiry line on 1300 362 368.

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