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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

14 March 2006

WORK FOR THE DOLE ACTIVITIES

Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, today announced five new Work for the Dole activities across Western Victoria, offering 49 local job seekers the opportunity to gain valuable work experience.

Mr Hawker said that both job seekers and their local communities benefit from Work for the Dole activities.

“Participants in Work for the Dole activities are improving their prospects of finding a job, as well as contributing to their communities. It’s a Mutual Obligation initiative which gives job seekers what they need—active participation and continuing contact with the world of work,” he said.

Participants will be able to research, prepare, cook and compile a book of healthy meals in Hamilton, assist with gardening, childcare, office administration and hospitality in Warrnambool or get involved in photography and information technology development projects for Portland cable trams.

“Landscaping in Heywood and at the HIRL farmer’s market in Hamilton are also offered in this new round of projects,” Mr Hawker said.

Since Work for the Dole was introduced in 1997, over 1,000 local unemployed people have commenced in hundreds of activities across Wannon.

“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.” Mr Hawker said.

“I especially congratulate the local Community Work Coordinators and project sponsors who have successfully proposed these very worthwhile activities. They are doing a great job in bringing benefits to both local unemployed people and to local communities Western Victoria,” he said.

Please find overleaf details of new Work for the Dole projects in Wannon.

Media contact: Jane Templeton

(03) 5572 1100

Project Name Sponsor Name Activity Description Participants Town

COMMUNITY BUILDING PROJECT III

NGARRAKEETOON MEETING HOUSE THERE IS A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES TO

PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROJECT: HOSPITALITY, GARDENING, CHILDCARE, OFFICE ADMINISTRATION AND A COMMUNITY ARTS POSITION.

10 WARRNAMBOOL

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE ON A BUDGET !

HAMILTON COMMUNITY HOUSE INC

PARTICIPANTS WILL RESEARCH, PREPARE, COOK AND COMPILE A BOOK OF HEALTHY MEALS FOR INDIVIDUALS/FAMILIES ON A BUDGET. INCLUDES TIPS FOR GROWING VEGGIES, FREEZING FOODS, NUTRITION, HEALTH AND WELLBEING TO ENCOURAGE BETTER LIFESTYLE HABITS.

6 HAMILTON

TO MARKET ! TO MARKET ! HAMILTON INSTITUTE OF

RURAL LEARNING(HIRL)

ESTABLISHMENT OF A MARKET PLACE FOR UTILIZATION BY THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND SURROUNDING DISTRICTS. INCLUDES: DEVELOPMENT OF A SITE PLAN, BROCHURES, CAR PARK, SEATING, LIGHTS, PROPAGATING SHED, VEGGIE, FLOWER GARDENS AND MAINTENANCE OF THE AREA.

11 HAMILTON

HEYWOOD & DISTRICT SUPPORT TEAM 2

PORTLAND WORKSKILLS

ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITY GROUPS, HELPING TO MAINTAIN POPULAR AREAS OF HEYWOOD AND THE SURROUNDING DISTRICT AND . WORKING WITH THE GHCMA. TASKS INCLUDE: LANDSCAPING, PAVING, GARDENING, WOODWORK, PAINTING, BITUMEN, ENVIRONMENT CONTROL AND GENERAL MAINTENANCE.

11 HEYWOOD

CABLE TRAMS DOT COM ! PORTLAND WORKSKILLS

RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND UPDATE OF EXISTING WEB PAGE, POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS AND BROCHURES FOR THE PORTLAND CABLE TRAMS. INCLUDES: DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, COMPUTERS, RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION OF HISTORY.

11 PORTLAND