Release type: Joint Media Release


Jobs thanks to Work for the Dole


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

Member for Macquarie Louise Markus was delighted to have Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker visit Macquarie today and meet with The Richmond Club – hosts of Work for the Dole projects at their club and aged care facility in the Hawkesbury.

The Richmond Club and their Hawkesbury Living Aged Care facility are host to several Work for the Dole participants with a variety of roles, including hairdressing, grounds keeping, IT, administration and maintenance.

The Assistant Minister said: “It is great to be here with Louise Markus, and Kimberly and the team from The Richmond Club, all of whom are working tirelessly to create opportunities of job seekers here in Richmond.

“Work for the Dole gives job seekers the skills and experience employers are looking for, and today we have seen firsthand how the programme can help people off welfare and into work.”

Mrs Markus said the club was taking a very active role in the community and wholeheartedly supporting this programme with a view of seeing young people succeed.

“I was delighted to see the participants engage in Work for the Dole with such enthusiasm and that two participants are now in work after participating in the programme,” Mrs Markus said.

“This is great news and evidence the program is working.

“It shows that Work for the Dole can help young people gain employment and start them on a path to a great career.

“I am grateful to CEO Kimberly Talbot, Chairman Jeff Luscombe, Human Resources Manager Christen Gower and all the staff at the club who are contributing so sincerely to this programme and ultimately the outcome – a fulfilling job for job seekers.”

Chief Executive Officer of The Richmond Club Kimberley Talbot said: “It is a fantastic programme by the Government for the club industry and the aged care industry, which allows more diversity for participants as they move from hospitality roles to aged care roles and it was great having the Minister on hand to see this in action.”

“These young people have hopes and dreams which are attainable through employment, and I am extremely grateful for employers like The Richmond Club who, together with the Government, can help these hopes become a reality,” Mrs Markus concluded.