Gippsland communities affected by the Bunyip Ridge Bushfire will receive a boost in local employment and bushfire recovery skills with the graduation of a further recovery work team funded through the Australian Government’s Jobs Fund.
The Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care, Kate Ellis, today welcomed the news that a further 10 local people would be graduating today with valuable construction and horticulture skills necessary for bushfire recovery.
“The recovery work teams are made up of local people whose jobs or livelihoods were affected by the bushfires in February 2009,” Ms Ellis said.
“Since the Bunyip Ridge Bushfire Recovery project began in October last year, the work teams have been replacing farm and community infrastructure, including building community gardens at Labertouche and Drouin West Primary Schools.
“While the project is providing much needed facilities to the local community, they are also helping local job seekers to gain training, qualifications and employment.”
Today’s graduation ceremony was held at the Education Centre Gippsland in Warragul.
The Bunyip Ridge Bushfire Recovery project is funded for more than $850,000 under the Local Jobs stream of the Australian Government’s Jobs Fund creating 22 jobs, 16 traineeships and 15 work experience opportunities.
“Projects like this are helping to create local employment opportunities and improve our community amenities, while achieving positive social outcomes,” Ms Ellis said.
Under the Get Communities Working and Local Jobs streams of the program, $132 million has been distributed to 172 projects throughout Australia in Round 1, and $39 million to 53 projects in Round 2.
Jobs Fund is supporting and creating jobs through projects that build community and social infrastructure in areas most affected by the global recession. Jobs Fund projects are expected to result in around 7,800 jobs, 2,200 traineeships and apprenticeships as well as 4,800 work experience opportunities.
The full list of Jobs Fund projects and further information about the program is available at: www.keepaustraliaworking.gov.au/jobsfund