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Minister visits Work for the Dole projects and employers in Ballina.

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Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP

Minister for Workforce Participation 19 September, 2006

Media Release

Minister visits Work for the Dole Projects and Employers in Ballina

The Minister for Workforce Participation, Dr Sharman Stone, praised the enterprise of three Work

for Dole projects in Ballina, Alstonville and Goonellabah, during her visit today.

"Work for the Dole helps the long term unemployed regain a sense of purpose, a sense of self reliance and most

importantly, the hands on experience they need to find sustainable employment," Dr Stone said.

Dr Stone visited Summerland House, Alstonville, an Australian Government Work for the Dole program to restore

the original homestead cottage which was built in the early 1900’s.

"This project will involve around 47 participants who will gain transferable skills in the building, maintenance and

landscaping areas allowing them to seek long term employment in the future."

"The community can be encouraged by Summerland’s efforts to also provide employment and training for people

with disability in their nursery and fruit packing divisions.

Dr Stone also visited the newly opened Kadina Youth Activity Park, Goonellabah, where 150 long-term unemployed

participants have contributed to development of the park into a valuable community facility.

The Work for the Dole teams have restored tracks, picnic and recreational facilities and carried out extensive

landscaping works.

"The substantial efforts of the 150 participants have contributed to the development of the park into a valuable

community facility," said Dr Stone.

During her visit to Kimberly Kampers in Ballina, manufacturers of off-road camper trailers and caravans, Dr Stone

welcomed the news of the company’s plans to expand the factory resulting in 40 new jobs. She was keen to discuss

the employment opportunities and challenges associated with this expansion.

"I commend the efforts of Kimberley Kampers to more than double production and inturn create an additional 40

positions for the local community".

The Australian Government’s Welfare to Work reforms are very new, but are already delivering jobs through training

and work experience for the people of Ballina.

For further information contact:

Séamus Haugh 0421 587 207