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New and varied Work for the Dole opportunities.



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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Media Release

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New and varied Work for the Dole opportunities

Restoring a train carriage for museum display, restoring furniture, assisting with event management, developing a remembrance gardening and working in an internet café, all feature in this month’s new Work for the Dole projects, announced by Employment Services Minister, Mal Brough, today.

There are 451 new Work for the Dole projects across Australia with 5,310 new places available for unemployed people to brush up their work skills and contribute to their communities.

The new projects include four new Drought Force projects under the Work for the Dole umbrella to help drought-hit farm operations in NSW. Participants will help farmers with fencing, road repairs, crop preparation, stock feeding, operation of machinery and general farming.

Other new projects are:

● producing community service videos, CDs and a web page at Ferntree Gully, Victoria;

● making and screen printing eco friendly bags and T shirts for community organisations in

Canberra; ● working with the local Aboriginal community to develop a cultural centre and radio station based

at Penrith Lakes, NSW; ● assisting with the delivery of library and information services to the community at Palmerston,

NT;

● constructing a mini-golf course and basketball court for Townsville Area Street Kids Association

at Bohle Plains, QLD; ● building and upgrading a play area and outdoor facilities for a community centre at Brompton,

SA;

● cleaning up the Mersey River catchment and estuarine areas at Latrobe, Tasmania; and

● providing tourist information, retail and administration support at the Albany Tourist Bureau and

Travel Centre, WA.

Mr Brough said Work for the Dole had been a success right across Australia, offering both unemployed people and their local communities considerable benefits.

Since 1997, 15,535 projects across Australia have offered 261,929 opportunities for unemployed Australians, bringing the total opportunities created under Work for the Dole to over a quarter of a million.

Minister Brough also noted that nominations are still open for the Prime Minister’s Work for the Dole Achievement Awards. Everyone in the community is encouraged to nominate a local job seeker, supervisor or project in these prestigious awards. The Awards recognise the outcomes and exceptional achievements of job seekers, supervisors and Work for the Dole projects conducted throughout 2003.

More information on the Prime Minister’s Work for the Dole Achievement Awards can be found at www.workplace.gov.au

A list of Work for the Dole projects approved for funding can be found at http://workplace.gov.au/workplace/activities.

For further information contact:

Estee Fiebiger Minister Broughs office 02 6277 7540

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

11/12/2003