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Work for the Dole rolling out across NT.



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Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP Minister for Workforce Participation

15 August, 2007

Media Release

Work for the Dole rolling out across NT

The first 100 Indigenous people across four communities in the Northern Territory are undertaking Work for the Dole projects, Minister for Workforce Participation Dr Sharman Stone said today.

“New Work for the Dole projects have started at Amoonguna, Santa Teresa, Mutitjulu and Hermannsburg,” Minister Stone said. “More Work for the Dole projects will begin in other communities after the Community Employment Brokers move in and begin the process of establishing where employment, training and education needs and opportunities are.”

At Amoonguna, the team is establishing a market garden, dust suppression, general cleaning up and delivering meals-on-wheels.

At Hermannsburg, some 40 job seekers initially will be doing general clean up at the community and several public recreational areas, painting community buildings and fencing the softball field.

At Santa Teresa some 70 job seekers will be involved in general clean up including house repairs and improvements, fencing the community and constructing interpretive signing.

At Mutitjulu a smaller team will shortly start community clean up and restoration, including house repair, maintenance and improvement.

The Howard Government has also employed six Community Employment Brokers to work across 10 communities, including Imanpa, Mutitjulu, Tikjikala, Amoonguna, Wallace Rockhole, Hermannsburg, Santa Teresa, Areyonga and Docker River. An additional eight Community Employment Brokers have been recruited and are ready to move out to the communities to start

work. These extra Community Employment Brokers should be able to cover up to 14 additional communities.

Employment Brokers have been seconded from the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations for 12 months.

“These Community Employment Brokers are based in the communities, and are working with the local people, employment service providers, Centrelink and employers to make sure people are linked in with real jobs, training or further education,” Minister Stone said.

“Our first priority is protecting the children and families in these communities. However a better future depends on providing the training and opportunities for people to move into real jobs.

“The long term changes in people’s lives will be possible when they’re no longer welfare dependent and can enjoy the same opportunities other Australians often take for granted.”

For further information contact: Liz Rodway 0421 587 207