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A wide range of new Tasmanian Work for the Dole opportunities.

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A Wide Range Of New Tasmanian Work For The Dole Opportunities

Environmental work, mobile gardening and maintenance teams feature in 11 new Work for the Dole projects for Tasmania.

The Minister for Employment Services Minister, Mal Brough, announced today that the new projects would offer valuable opportunities for 131 unemployed people to upgrade or learn new work skills.

The new projects include:

● Administration and programming activities for the Tasmanian Sports Federation at Cornelian Bay.

● Constructing a river walkway and picnic area in the Styx Valley at Maydena.

● Producing and presenting community radio programmes to the Tamar Valley at George Town.

● Assisting with commercial laundry operation for the Blue Line Laundry Inc at New Town.

● A mobile team providing building maintenance and gardening assistance around Hobart at locations including

Bridgewater, Dodges Ferry, Levendale and Woodbridge. ● Restoring the interior of a heritage building, the old courthouse at Beaconsfield.

Mr Brough said Work for the Dole, a Mutual Obligation initiative, had been a success right across Australia, offering both job seekers and their local communities considerable benefits.

"Job seekers involved with Work for the Dole receive the benefit of worthwhile, well-supervised work experience. It upgrades or teaches them new skills and it helps them gain, or retain, a work ethic. And that is what employers are looking for," Mr Brough said.

"Work for the Dole is a real community effort. Local sponsors provide the opportunities and local Community Work Coordinators provide the administrative back-up that makes Work for the Dole a signature program of the Coalition Government."

"Work for the Dole is receiving great support from the community, yet it is increasingly clear that the Labor Party

intends to alter the program fundamentally to remove the name and turn it into another failed training program, like their old programs when unemployment was soaring. The Labor Party hate Work for the Dole and if given the opportunity would abolish this popular program" Mal Brough said.

The new projects bring the number in Tasmania since Work for the Dole started in late 1997 to 803, which have provided a total of 8,163 valuable work experience places.

Mr Brough announced 530 new Work for the Dole projects across Australia with 6,454 new places available. Since 1997, 17,101 projects across Australia have offered 280,679 opportunities for unemployed Australians.

A list of Work for the Dole projects approved for funding can be found at

For further information contact:

David Moore Minister Broughs office 02 6121 7540

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