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56 new Work for the Dole places in Hunter.

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Sandy Macdonald The Nationals Senator for NSW 12 December 2003

56 new Work for the Dole places in Hunter

56 jobseekers in the Hunter will have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through one of four new Work for the Dole projects across the region, NSW Senator Sandy Macdonald announced today.

“The Australian Government is committed to the Work for the Dole program, which has gone from strength to strength in this region,” Senator Macdonald said.

“As a mutual obligation initiative, the objective of the program is to encourage jobseekers to become more focused on obtaining skills that can be used in the workforce, while giving something back to the community that is supporting them,” he said.

• Community Market Garden project, Maitland (14 places) irrigation, fencing, general construction, concreting, care of chickens.

• Fitzparkfix, Muswellbrook (12 places) a parkland and rivercare beautification plan to build new boardwalks, viewing platforms and seats.

• Hunter Work Skills Development, Cessnock, Kurri Kurri, Maitland (18 places) retail, office administration and reception, kitchen and customer service work experience placements.

• Landscapes Incorporated, Cessnock (12 places) landscaping design and techniques, concreting, painting, building shade areas and timber seating.

“These local facilities will benefit greatly from these Work for the Dole projects,” Senator Macdonald said.

Since the program first began in 1997, 15,535 Work for the Dole projects had been approved, providing work experience places for 261,929 Australians looking for work.

Senator Macdonald has also encouraged participants and others involved with the Work for the Dole program to nominate a participant, supervisor or project for the Prime Minister’s Work for the Dole Achievement Awards.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from or by phoning the Work for the Dole hotline on 13 62 68.

Media Contact: Rachel Kingsford Smith 6766 6998 / 0427 570 506