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45 new work for the dole places in Hunter.



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Sandy Macdonald National Party Senator for NSW

31 March 2003

45 new Work for the Dole places in Hunter 45 local community members have been placed in 3 new Work for the Dole projects in the Hunter gaining valuable work experience, NSW Senator Sandy Macdonald announced.

“I am pleased to announce the new projects in Cessnock/Paxton, Kurri Kurri and East Maitland/Largs/Maitland/Metford where participants will work on improving local facilities,” Senator Macdonald said.

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15 places in the Hunter Helping Hands project at Cessnock and Paxton where participants will install playground equipment, seating, shade shelters and undertake landscaping at community sites. 15 places in the Kurri Kurri St. Vincent de Paul Building Project where participants will help renovate an old retail store.

15 places in the Maitland Area Community Maintenance project at Maitland, Largs and Metford where participants undertake landscaping, painting, concreting and construction at various sites around Maitland.

“The Federal Government’s Work For the Dole program shows real partnership between community groups which sponsor activities, participants and the community,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Not only do participants gain valuable work experience, but the program helps those job seekers develop good work habits while also improving facilities in their local community.”

Since Work for the Dole commenced in late 1997, over 12,300 projects have been approved, providing places for over 222,000 Australians.

More information on the Work for the Dole program can be found at www.workplace.gov.au/workplace/wfd.

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

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