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New work for the dole projects for tablelands.

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Mareeba and Ravenshoe will benefit from two new Work for the Dole community projects currently underway using the skills of unemployed participants, The Nationals Senator for Queensland, Ron Boswell, said today.

· Three participants are working in Mareeba to publish a newsletter for the long term unemployed jobseekers of the Atherton Tablelands area. The newsletter will provide jobseekers with information of the services ranging from vacancies, hints and tips.

· Three participants are helping to beautify and maintain the Ravenshoe Junior Rugby League premises, acquiring skills in the areas of grounds maintenance, landscaping, labouring and painting.

Senator Boswell said both projects commenced in June and are expected to be completed by December 2004.

“The Work for the Dole programme continues to go from strength to strength, generating worthwhile work experience for job seekers and better services for local communities,” Senator Boswell said.

“Job seekers who have signed up for Work for the Dole projects in Mareeba and Ravenshoe will gain a valuable connection and insight into the world of work, and what employers are looking for when they have jobs to fill.”

Senator Boswell said the success of Work for the Dole projects on both the Atherton Tablelands and across Australia was testimony to the creative input and support of local communities. “These projects demonstrate that Work for the Dole is a real community effort with a great community benefit. I congratulate all those who have contributed to making Work for the Dole a real success,” he said.

Since the pilot round in late-1997, 18,841 projects had been approved, providing places for 300,907 Australians looking for work.


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