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Work for the Dole projects in Vic.



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THE HON MAL BROUGH MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Media Release

09904

Work for the Dole Projects in Vic

New Work for the Dole projects in Victoria cover a wide range of activities that will benefit local communities Employment Services Minister, Mal Brough, said today.

Mr Brough announced 112 new Victorian projects offering 1,186 places for jobseekers to gain valuable work experience opportunities.

“Work for the Dole participants are providing local communities with services and facilities they might not otherwise have,” Mr Brough said.

These projects include:

• Restoring the paddle steamer ‘Pevensey’ and Old Strathmerton Railway Station at Echuca.

• Building a car for the Camp Quality charity ‘Carpade’ in Shepparton.

• Transporting elderly and disabled people to social outings in Colac.

• Landscaping Lakers Siding Station, repairing Queenscliff Station and extending the platform at Suma Park Station at Drysdale and Queenscliff.

• Restoring historical buildings at the Coal Creek Heritage Village at Korumburra.

• Providing customer service at Sale’s Tourist Information Centre.

• Constructing a playground and fences at Berwick.

• Creating gardens at Warragul for use by vision impaired people.

• Restoring a 10 metre wooden boat the ‘Lady Best’ for the Ballarat Community.

This month’s new projects bring the number in Victoria since the Howard Government established Work for the Dole in 1997 to 4,662 projects, with a total of 68,269 work experience opportunities for the unemployed.

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Mr Brough said 296,537 unemployed Australians had taken part in Work for the Dole nationally and the landmark 300,000 figure would likely be reached next month.

“The Howard Government is firmly committed to Work for the Dole. It has proven the principle of mutual obligation and it is at the forefront of work experience programs around the world,” Mr Brough said.

“However, Labor would dismantle Work for the Dole, it would tear apart the benefits that it brings to participants and to local communities and it would turn it into another failed training program.”

For further information contact:

Paul Edwards Minister Broughs Office 0402 919 333

1/07/2004