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Work for the Dole makes its mark in Queensland.



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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

 

Media Release

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Work for the Dole makes its mark in Queensland The growing diversity of Work for the Dole projects across Queensland was testimony to the creative input of local communities and how seriously the programme was being considered, Employment Services Minister Mal Brough said today.

Mr Brough said the projects were providing real worth to communities, as well as providing a valuable pathway to employment.

"Around one third of participants in the programme are no longer on welfare benefits three months after completing the programme and it is clear that it is also successful for participants," he said.

Mr Brough was announcing 87 new Work for the Dole projects in Queensland providing 2082 job seekers with a broad range of worthwhile work experiences.

"The Queensland projects include activities as diverse as establishing an aquaculture system at Caloundra, creating visual teaching aids like murals and story books at Southport, rebuilding a C17 steam locomotive at Warwick, restoring a World War II army hospital launch at Coomera and producing video and multimedia productions at Maroochydore," he said.

"Other participants will learn new skills in child care, environmental restoration, helping to run a radio station, designing web pages, working with the aged and people with disabilities, in administration, the list is limitless.

"All these projects, like all Work for the Dole activities, will deliver benefits for those involved as well as to their local communities.

"I strongly encourage all community organisations to consider taking part."

Mr Brough said that under this sixth round of projects for 2001, 423 new projects had been approved across Australia, providing work experience opportunities for a total of 7750 job seekers.

He said since the pilot round in late 1997, 6307 projects had been approved, providing places for nearly 140 000 young Australians.

"Not only have these young Australians gained work experience, they tell us they have also gained confidence, motivation and improved job prospects," Mr Brough said.

A list of Work for the Dole projects approved for funding can be found at http://public.wfd.dewrsb.gov.au/cwc/activities.asp

 

For further information contact:

Greg Jackson  0419 713 246

 

 

14/08/2001