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08 Nov 2010 - Soft Landing Brings Jobs to the Illawarra
THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT PARTICIPATION
AND CHILD CARE
SHARON BIRD MP
MEMBER FOR CUNNINGHAM
08 November 2010
Soft Landing brings jobs to the Illawarra
Local employment is getting a boost in the Illawarra region with the opening of the Soft Landing Mattress Recycling project, funded by the Australian Government's Jobs Fund program.
The Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care, Kate Ellis, and the Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, today welcomed the opening of the Soft Landing Mattress Recycling project in Bellambi, hosted by Mission Australia.
"The Soft Landing project has created eight jobs, seven traineeships and a work experience position for local people in the Illawarra region," Ms Ellis said.
"This is a practical approach to workforce participation that the Government believes in - that gets real results on the ground."
The opening was attended by Ms Bird on behalf of Ms Ellis, who said that the project offers Indigenous job seekers and long term unemployed opportunities for education and employment through a facility that will refurbish and recycle mattresses.
"This project allows the community to recycle unwanted mattresses, while allowing Illawarra job seekers to gain meaningful employment and training," Ms Bird said.
"The Jobs Fund program is improving the Illawarra's employment prospects, and laying the foundation for successful careers for our local people."
The Soft Landing Mattress Recycling project received more than $450,000 from the Australian Government, under the Get Communities Working stream of the Jobs Fund.
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
Ms Ellis' media contact: Elissa McKay 0417 803 403
Ms Bird's media contact: Gino Mandarino 0408 387 605
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