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Origin greats supports Indigenous jobs in Rockhampton



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SENATOR THE HON MARK ARBIB Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Minister for Sport Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness

KIRSTEN LIVERMORE MP Member for Capricornia

MEDIA RELEASE

June 22 2011

ORIGIN GREATS SUPPORTS INDIGENOUS JOBS IN ROCKHAMPTON

The Former Origin Greats Closing the Gap Indigenous Employment Forum was held in Rockhampton today, ahead of the annual Indigenous Employment and Careers Expo on August 24 at Rockhampton Showgrounds.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib and Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore welcomed the forum and said that FOGS Queensland was committed to engaging with local businesses, education institutions and training representatives.

“Through opening discussions between businesses, education and training providers FOGS work towards closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,” Senator Arbib said.

“The FOGS Forum is held to work with the business community and local schools to ensure the upcoming Expo provides the best opportunities for local students to see the range of jobs and training opportunities available in Central Queensland.

“The Rockhampton business community is a huge supporter of the FOGS mission to provide options and assistance to Indigenous Australians as they find long-term and sustainable jobs.”

Ms Livermore said the Rockhampton Expo would be the fifth in a series of six expos hosted by FOGS with the final expo being held in Brisbane in October.

“So far expos have been held in Cairns, Mackay, and Mount Isa and on July 27 there will be an expo in Townsville,” Ms Livermore said.

“The expos are a tremendous opportunity for all Indigenous students and school leavers to find potential jobs they like and get their careers started.

“I would encourage all local businesses to get involved with the expo and encourage students to make the most of this great opportunity.”

FOGS Executive Chairman Gene Miles said FOGS was building on the success of the 2010 Forum and Expo tour, which attracted 44 exhibitors and 1100 participants in Rockhampton.

“We are encouraging all exhibiting organisations to bring forward a larger number and broader range of job opportunities at the expo this year to ensure there are opportunities on offer to match the diverse skills and interests of job seekers,” Mr Miles said.

FOGS is funded by the Australian Government and is supported by Construction Skills Queensland.

For more information about the 2011 FOGS Indigenous Employment and Careers Expo please ring (07) 3217 9347 or visit www.fogs.com.au

Minister Arbib’s media contact: Sean Sammon 0417 137 419/02 9364 2600 Kirsten Livermoore’s media contact: Melinda Newton 07 4922 6604 DEEWR Media: media@deewr.gov.au Non-media enquiries: 1300 363 079