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Cowan shares in new Work for the Dole projects.

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Media Release


Special Minister of State Senator for Western Australia


E33/00 13 July 2000

Cowan shares in new Work for the Dole projects Two new Work for the Dole projects with 50 places for local jobseekers will be offered in the Federal Electorate of Cowan, Senator for Western Australia, Chris Ellison, announced today.

The two new projects will commence between July 2000 and June 2001. They include:

RSPCA-MALAGA Fauna Project , sponsored by the RSPCA, 20 places, ● Luisinis Project, sponsored by Westnet Employment Services, 30 places. ●

"The projects involved a range of innovative training and work experience opportunities including landscaping and site development at the new RSPCA Malaga Drive premises and restoration of the 1920’s Luisinis Winery for use as an educational and tourism destination," Senator Ellison said.

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

"A range of leading charitable and private organisations in suburban Perth will receive valuable assistance from jobseekers, who will in turn make a significant contribution to the local community that might not have occurred without them."

Surveys show that 36% of Work for the Dole participants gain employment or go onto further education or training three months after completing their placement.

"This success rate is great news for jobseekers. As well as boosting their confidence and enabling jobseekers to gain valuable work experience and training, the chances of going on to long-term work are greatly improved," Senator Ellison said.

The Howard Government will provide almost $139 million to 65,000 new Work for the Dole places over the next 18 months.

Unemployed people wanting to participate should contact Centrelink on 13 28 50 or visit their local Centrelink office.