Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie was today joined by Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker at the Beach to Beach Riverwalk in Dunbogan to discuss the planned contribution of Work for the Dole to the project.
The Beach to Beach Riverwalk is a community-driven project that will connect Dunbogan, Laurieton and North Haven with a cycling and walking path.
A range of community groups have made financial and in-kind contributions to the project, and about 60 skilled volunteers from the local community are actively involved.
Dr Gillespie said: “I have been talking to Minister Hartsuyker about getting Work for the Dole participants involved in the project for some time, and I am pleased he has now viewed it first-hand.
“I would like to see a team of Work for the Dole participants working alongside the army of community volunteers who have been actively involved in the project since it was launched.
“This would give local job seekers an opportunity to learn new skills while making a valuable contribution to the community.”
Minister Hartsuyker said: “Dr Gillespie has been working with me for several months to secure the involvement of a Work for the Dole team on the Beach to Beach project.
“As a result of his efforts, the local Work for the Dole Coordinator is now liaising closely with the Beach to Beach committee on the details, and I am confident we are closer to seeing a Work for the Dole team in place.
“The Government’s revamped Work for the Dole programme offers job seekers an opportunity to develop important skills and to demonstrate to a potential employer what they can bring to the workplace.
“This project will also give local young job seekers the opportunity to make a lasting contribution to their community.
“Dr Gillespie is a strong advocate for his electorate and the Work for the Dole programme.
“I will continue to work with him on projects that will benefit communities in Lyne.”