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Work for the dole project brings benefits to Bass Coast.

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Thursday, 14 July 2005

The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Federal Member for Flinders, was delighted to announce new Work for the Dole programs for Bass Coast.

“Work for the Dole participants are helping to deliver new services to the local community of Bass Coast that will bring benefits to the community and help local job seekers develop new skills to improve their employment prospects,” Mr Hunt said.

“In particular Bass Coast will benefit from an excellent local Work for the Dole project run by Training and Employment Services Australia that will include environmental works, maintenance of facilities and heritage sites. Tasks include revegetation, pruning, propagation, removal of weeds, maintenance of fences and buildings including painting and paving.”

“The project will involve 11 participants and the project is expected to run until 18 September 2005,” said Mr Hunt.

“The Bass Coast project is one of nine new projects for the Flinders electorate. This is an excellent outcome that will help deliver real on-the-ground outcomes for the local community while also helping job seekers build self-esteem and develop practical skills and experience to help them find meaningful employment,” Mr Hunt said.

“Since Work for the Dole was set up in late 1997, 23,252 projects have been approved across Australia, providing places for 352,174 unemployed people and helping to contribute to a record rate of employment and an unemployment rate that is at a 20 year low.”

“Whether it’s building playground equipment, restoring historic buildings or helping local tourism operations, Work for the Dole participants are making a very positive contribution to society,” Mr Hunt said.

"I would like to especially congratulate the local Community Work Coordinators and project sponsors who have successfully proposed these very worthwhile projects. They are doing a great job in bringing benefits to both local unemployed people and to local communities in Flinders.”