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New ‘Work for the Dole’ project for job seeker and Ingham community.



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Senator Ron Boswell

National Party - Queensland

Media Release - 1 July 2004

New ‘Work for the Dole ’ project for job seeker and Ingham community

Work for the Dole continues to go from strength to strength, generating better services for local communities and worthwhile work experience for unemployed people, the Leader of The Nationals in the Senate Ron Boswell said today.

“I am pleased to announce that a new Work for the Dole project recently commenced in Ingham that will see twelve unemployed participants working to re-establish Hinchinbrook National Parks,” Senator Boswell said.

“Ingham ’s natural surrounds will be the major beneficiary from the efforts of participants on the Work for the Dole project who will be involved in building, concreting and landscaping with the National Parks and Wildlife Service,” he said.

“But not only will the community benefit from the project, the unemployed people involved will gain a valuable connection and insight into the world of work which will hold them in good stead for the future.”

Work for the Dole is a mutual obligation initiative that allows participants to give something back to their local communities. Participants take part in a range of activities designed to both develop good work habits and improve facilities and services in their local communities.

“I wish the participants well as they accumulate skills that will help them find jobs down the track and I trust that the local community appreciates the worthy project being undertaken,” Senator Boswell said.

The project is expected to be completed by November 2004.

Senator Boswell said the success of Work for the Dole projects across Australia was testimony to the input and support of local communities. “Work for the Dole is a real community effort. The Work for the Dole local sponsors for this project (the Christian Outreach Centre in Hinchinbrook) and the Community Work Coordinators (Success Employment TRG Coop Ltd) who have organised the new project have done an excellent job,” he said.

“This Work for the Dole project in Ingham joins almost 18,500 other projects that have been approved since the Howard/Anderson Government introduced Work for the Dole in 1997, providing places for nearly 300,000 Australians looking for work.”

Media inquiries: Leah Nicoll (Office of Senator Ron Boswell) 3001 8150