Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, has today announced a $300,000 grant from the Australian Government’s Community Development Fund for more projects that lead to the creation of jobs in Torres Strait Island communities.
The Community Development Fund provides funding to organisations to deliver projects that support social and economic development and participation in remote communities.
Minister Scullion said the funds will assist the Remote Jobs and Community Programme (RJCP) service provider for the Torres Strait, MyPathway, to employ seven Local Activity Mentors to support the roll out of RJCP activities.
“Mentors will work with communities to help identify, plan and run meaningful activities that will encourage and promote a collaborative community-driven approach to support employment, participation and community development activities,” Minister Scullion said.
“The Mentors will help to bring communities ‘on board’ and encourage a broader perspective of the Community Action Plans.”
The project will run for 12 months, incorporating training and development for the Mentors, with the skills obtained while working on the project helping them to take up further employment opportunities in the region.
Joseph Elu, the Chairperson of the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA), which manages the RJCP contract in the Torres Strait, said that the Community Development Fund grant was an important initiative for moving people from welfare-based support into employment.
“The TSRA will be monitoring the results of the Local Activity Mentor project closely to ensure that MyPathway is delivering the employment outcome that we need for the Torres Strait,” Mr Elu said.
“The project will also provide communities with a better understanding of how they can assist in moving to more sustainable social and employment outcomes.”
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2014-04-014 Torres Strait CDF.pdf