Release type: Joint Media Release


Blue Mountains Work for the Dole Project to begin


The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Assistant Minister for Employment
Louise Markus MP
Member for Macquarie

Louise Markus, Federal Member for Macquarie, is delighted to have the Hon Luke Hartsuyker, Assistant Minister for Employment visit our electorate today and meet with Blue Mountains City Council, hosts of a new Work for the Dole project in the Blue Mountains.

Beginning this week, the Greater Blue Mountains Walking Trail will have job seekers working on this very exciting project.

Mrs Markus said, “It is important that our future generations are encouraged towards a life of opportunity. Projects like the Greater Blue Mountains Walking Trail will see job seekers gain the skills and experience they need to move from welfare to work as well as teaching other life skills such as teamwork and camaraderie.”

“I congratulate Blue Mountains City Council for hosting this project and assisting young people on their path to a better future.”

Blue Mountains City Council welcomes the contribution of the Work for the Dole team on the Greater Blue Mountain Trail project.

Blue Mountains City Council’s Deputy Mayor, Chris van der Kley said, “As one of the larger employers in the Blue Mountains region, Council is keen to foster opportunities for employment and skill development in our community that benefit both the participants and the City.”

“Once completed, the Greater Blue Mountain Trail will become an iconic trail in NSW and Australia that not only caters for the millions of visitors each year, but also serves as an important recreation and commuting trail linking residents from smaller townships to the district centre of Katoomba.”

Council acknowledges the NSW Government's Greenspace Program grant funding for the preliminary stages of the Greater Blue Mountain Trail.

“Having worked for many years in my former career with people facing challenges obtaining employment, I understand the importance of valuing their dreams where they can make a contribution,” Mrs Markus said.

Assistant Minister Hartsuyker said, “I congratulate Blue Mountains City Council for giving local young job seekers a chance to improve their skills and demonstrate to a future employer what they can do.

“The project is part of the Government’s reinvigorated Work for the Dole programme which helps young job seekers remain active and engaged with the labour market while also giving back to the community that supports them.

“The Government launched revamped Work for the Dole arrangements on 1 July this year in 18 targeted locations across Australia, including the Nepean/Outer Western Sydney employment area.

“Work for the Dole is part of a range of initiatives introduced by the Government to help more job seekers move from welfare into work, including the Job Commitment Bonus, Restart incentive, and Relocation Assistance.”