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Nowra Work for the Dole recycles honoured.



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Joanna Gash MP Member for Gilmore

NOWRA WORK FOR THE DOLE RECYCLERS HONOURED

The Shoalhaven Creative Re-use Action Project (SCRAP) in Bomaderry has been was honoured as a finalist at the Prime Minister's Work for the Dole Achievement Awards in the category of Best Community activity overnight for its 'Funky Fibres' project.

Presented by the Minister for Workforce Participation, the Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP, the award acknowledges the activity's contribution through its philosophy of promoting business and community partnerships, creating saleable items from discarded materials, and educating communities to re-use materials and minimising waste and damage to the environment.

The Member for Gilmore, the Hon. Joanna Gash congratulated Wesley Uniting Employment and YWCA NSW on facilitating the activity and the Work for the Dole team that made it all happen.

"This activity has provided a valuable service to the community," Ms Gash said.

"This activity is a first step in the right direction of raising community awareness of the importance of re-use and recycling, while at the same time providing an opportunity to re-engage local jobseekers in a positive team-like environment.

"This Work for the Dole activity is a very visible and valued part of the Shoalhaven community.

"One of the most important outcomes is the social network created on the activity - team members supported and encouraged each other and formed their own social club to continue their involvement and support of the activity," Ms Gash said.

Since 1997, the Work for the Dole programme has met the challenge of providing quality work experience opportunities for job seekers, while contributing facilities and services to Australian communities.

In 2005 alone, over 4400 activities provided nearly 50,000 participants with work experience opportunities across Australia. In Gilmore, 42 activities and 479 Work for the Dole places were approved.

"I congratulate all involved with the Shoalhaven Creative Re-use Action Project activity on their initiative and the outstanding outcomes achieved for job seekers, the Shoalhaven community and the environment," Ms Gash said.

20/06/06

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