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Six new drought force activities in the Mallee.

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Media Contact Cath O’Connor (03) 5032 4510 -ends-

Tuesday, 2 October 2007


John Forrest, The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee today announced six new Drought Force activities in the Mallee.

In this latest round, across Australia 40 new Drought Force activities have been approved.

These activities offer 54 opportunities for job seekers across Australia to assist their local community by supporting those in need as a result of the devastating effects of drought.

“Australia is currently experiencing the worst drought in over one hundred years. Drought Force, which is part of the Work for the Dole programme, was developed to support farms and farm communities that are severely affected by drought.

“The loss of local labour can have a devastating effect on local communities and businesses which rely on rural industries. Drought Force encourages people to stay in the local community, rather than leaving to look for work elsewhere,” Mr Forrest said.

Drought Force participants are eligible to receive up to $1600 in training credits to use either updating existing skills or gaining new skills.

Participants working more than 30 hours a week on a Drought Force activity are not required to meet the job search test of making four or more job applications each fortnight.

Since Drought Force was introduced in December 2002, more than 2200 unemployed Australians have taken part in nearly 750 activities nationally.

John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5032 4510 Fax (03) 5032 9407