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Work for Dole working in North West Victoria.



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John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5032 4510 Fax (03) 5032 9407

Wednesday, 16 November 2005

WORK FOR DOLE WORKING IN NORTH WEST VICTORIA

John Forrest, The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee today congratulated participants and sponsors currently involved in Work for the Dole projects throughout North West Victoria.

“Both job seekers and their local communities benefit from Work for the Dole projects,” said Mr Forrest.

Murray Mallee Training Company Limited are managing five projects with the Sunraysia Institute of TAFE managing two projects involving around 50 participants in total throughout the region. These participants are provided work experience in a wide variety of tasks including office administration, outdoor maintenance, retail work experience, gardening, computer operation and customer service.

Murray Mallee Training Company, Work for the Dole spokesman Dave Thomas, said the programme was running well. “We work closely with all Job Network authorities in the region and we are always looking for more sponsors or hosts as well as participants to become involved,” Mr Thomas said.

Mr Thomas also encouraged community organisations and not for profit groups to get in contact with him. “We can provide assistance to these groups through the Work for the Dole programme by helping them clean up grounds for example.”

Mr Forrest said that Work for the Dole participants are contributing to local communities by providing services and facilities that otherwise might not be available.

“The bottom line is Work for the Dole is working. It is part of the Government’s integrated approach to tackling long-term unemployment and as such, its success is reflected in the record low levels of unemployment and the significant falls in long term unemployment,” said Mr Forrest.

"I especially congratulate the local Community Work Coordinators and project sponsors who have successfully proposed these very worthwhile projects in North West Victoria. They are doing a great job in bringing benefits to both local unemployed people and to their local communities.” More information can be obtained from www.workplace.gov.au .

Media Contact Sally Turvey (03) 5032 4510 -ends-