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New work for the dole activities in Shire.

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NEW WORK FOR THE DOLE ACTIVITIES IN SHIRE Federal Member for Hughes, Danna Vale, today announced that 10 jobseekers in the Sutherland Shire will have the opportunity to update their work skills and promote the Sutherland Shire in the process.

Participants in the “Shire Explorer” program, approved in May 2006, will research, film, edit and produce a DVD focussing on the history and tourist destinations in the Shire.

“Participants in Work for the Dole activities are improving their prospects of finding a job and they are re-building their self esteem and work skills,” Mrs Vale said.

“These jobseekers are also performing a wonderful community service in spreading the word about the great destinations and recreational activities the Shire has to offer.”

The Shire Explorer program - which is co-ordinated by Pole Depot Neighbourhood Centre Inc and sponsored by Shire Community Initiatives Inc - is one of 236 new Work for the Dole activities approved across Australia for the month of May 2006. These activities offer 2,687 places for jobseekers to gain valuable work experience.

Mrs Vale said: “Work for the Dole is a Mutual Obligation initiative which gives job seekers what they need—active participation and continuing contact with the world of work.

“Since Work for the Dole was introduced in 1997, a total of 480,506 unemployed Australians have commenced in 28,139 activities nationally.”

Media Contact: Aaron Findlay 9521 6262 or 0404 080 150 Release Date: 2 Aug 2006