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Work for the Dole working in Queanbeyan.

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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 902 Published: 21/2/2003 Title: Work for the Dole working in Queanbeyan

Participants completing the Queanbeyan and District Work for the Dole project have been congratulated by Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, today, representing the Minister for Employment Services, Mal Brough, at a Work for the Dole graduation.

The graduation of participants involved in the activity, held at Presbyterian Church Grounds, Cnr Lowe & Morriset St, Queanbeyan recognised the efforts of the 52 participants.

Mr Nairn said that participants had been involved in renovation work on Queanbeyan Croquet Club, construction of a fence at a historic church and providing a number of teachers’ assistants. The project also has involvement with St Benedict’s ‘Feed the Hungry’ programme, Captains Flat Community Association and Thotokos Inc.

“They should rightly be proud of their efforts. Work for the Dole gives unemployed people work experience. It provides supervision by local people, and it involves teamwork and initiative by the participants,” he said.

Mr Nairn also praised the efforts of Auswide Projects and supervisor, John Sharrock.

“Our project sponsors and Community Work Coordinators (CWCs) work hard to see that participants succeed.”

“The general community, too, appreciates the benefits that the Work for the Dole programme brings.”

By undertaking a Work for the Dole placement job seekers will be able to qualify for Training Credits of up to $800, which they can use to purchase training to build on and extend the valuable work skills and experience they gain through Work for the Dole.

Work for the Dole had provided over 207,000 placements for job seekers since the program began in 1997 with over 11,000 projects completed.

Ends…Friday, 21 February, 2003.

Gary Nairn 6297 3952