Job seekers get valuable skills

Released 13 April 2017

A group of job seekers is getting valuable work experience and improving the town thanks to a partnership between the Shire of Broome, Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation and Kimberley Employment Services.

Work began in February and will continue for six months, giving participants experience in horticulture and landscaping, with materials, tools and protective equipment provided thanks to funding from Kimberley Employment Services.

Work is supervised by Shire staff on projects including installing tables, chairs and water fountains, mulching, planting native trees and shrubs, and reticulation at Demco Park, Dakas Park and Barker St Park.

Broome Shire President, Ron Johnston, says Work for the Dole places job seekers in activities where they can gain skills and experience that give back to the community and help them gain employment.

“By being a host the Shire of Broome gains an extra ‘set of hands’ to complete tasks that can’t be undertaken with the current number of staff and budget and so otherwise would not happen,” Cr Johnston says.

Kimberley Employment Services Chairperson and Nirrumbuk CEO, Joe Grande, says it’s a great initiative that is providing participants real work like duties including developing teamwork, pride and work ethic.

“Not only has it benefited the individual jobseekers’ employment opportunities it has also contributed to much-needed community assets that can be used by the wider community,” Mr Grande says.

“We hope to be able to partner with the Shire on other initiatives that will further support Indigenous employment - in particular Indigenous youth.”       

Media Contact: Shire of Broome Administration, (08) 9191 3456
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