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51 new Work for the Dole places in New England.



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Sandy Macdonald National Party Senator for NSW 04 July 2003

51 new Work for the Dole places in New England Local job seekers will benefit from an additional 51 Work for the Dole places across eight new projects in the New England, NSW Senator Sandy Macdonald announced today.

“I am pleased to announce these new projects in Armidale, Ashford, Bundarra, Inverell, Tenterfield, Barraba, Tamworth, Werris Creek and also areas around Moree,” Senator Macdonald said.

• 18 places in the Keepit Karma project (Barraba, Tamworth Werris Creek) to assist with clerical, grounds maintenance, customer service, and administrative duties at various host organisations.

• 6 places in the Sallysellers project (Armidale) to assist the Salvation Army with warehouse and retail tasks.

• 5 places in the Bundarra and Ashford Health Support Activity, providing support to health services with landscaping, cleaning, construction and diversional therapy.

• 5 places in the Nahantu Karra Kara Goonoowigall Bush Tucker/Cultural Project (Inverell) to assist with a cultural and rehabilitation activity at the Goonoowigall Nature Reserve.

• 4 places in the Otho Others project (Inverell) assisting community organisations with reception and administrative duties, food preparation and distribution.

• 2 places in the Tentertwins project (Tenterfield) where participants will work at the Tenterfield Arts Cinema and Theatre Complex in customer services and other office duties.

• 1 place at the Drought Force - Killarney project (Ashford) to assist with farm duties on a drought affected property.

• 10 places in the Moree Wetlands project to assist in environmental work.

“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 also help their local communities through better facilities and services,” Senator Macdonald said.

“The Government is firmly committed to Work for the Dole. It provides valuable work experience for participants and offers local communities new or better facilities. It shows real partnerships between community groups who sponsor activities, participants and the community. That’s why it’s a success.”

Since Work for the Dole commenced in late 1997, 13,371 projects had been approved, providing places for over 233,762 Australians to boost their job hunting chances.

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