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Local Employment Coordinator appointed for the Port Augusta-Whyalla and Port Pirie region.



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The Hon Jason Clare MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Employment 9 October, 2009

Media release

Local Employment Coordinator appointed for the Port Augusta-Whyalla and Port Pirie region

The Rudd Government has appointed a Local Employment Coordinator to help create and support local jobs in the Port Augusta-Whyalla and Port Pirie region.

Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Jason Clare made the announcement while hosting a Keep Australia Working forum in Port Augusta today. The Port Augusta-Whyalla and Port Pirie region is one of 20 identified by the Rudd Government as an employment priority area.

“The global recession has threatened communities like this more than others. In regions like this we need to go the extra mile to support local jobs,” Mr Clare said.

“That’s why we have appointed Mark Malcolm to be the local employment coordinator for this region. Mark will work with the community to develop a regional employment plan. That work starts at this forum here today.”

Mr Malcolm has almost 20 years experience in regional development. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Flinders Ranges Development Board, based in Port Pirie.

Mr Clare said the Port Augusta-Whyalla and Port Pirie region had suffered as a result of the global downturn and Mr Malcolm’s appointment was an important part of the Government’s plan to support jobs in the region.

“We organised this forum to discuss how to maximise the employment impact of the stimulus package to support jobs and industry in this region,” Mr Clare said.

The purpose of the forum was to discuss how to:

• maximise the employment impact of the stimulus package • support existing jobs and industry • promote new opportunities, new industry and new skills • identify what new skills need to be developed

The Australian Government has invested more than $100 million in infrastructure projects across the region as part of the Economic Stimulus Plan, including upgrades and repairs to schools, social housing and sporting facilities.

“This infrastructure being built under the Rudd Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan is keeping locals in work, and helping build community facilities for the future,” Mr Clare said.

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