Joint media release with Member for Herbert Ewen Jones MP
Skills training and employment for Indigenous people living on Palm Island have received a boost, thanks to three projects funded under the Australian Government’s Community Development Fund.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Member for Herbert, Ewen Jones, said today the projects have provided outcomes that align with a key Government priority of ensuring as many Indigenous people as possible are working in real jobs.
“The Coolgaree Aboriginal Corporation received $434,000 from the fund last year to undertake three projects: an infrastructure and general maintenance project, an upgrade to a mechanical workshop and work to co-locate a bakery with an existing general store,” Minister Scullion said.
“The projects have provided vital jobs and work experience for local Indigenous people and enabled them to gain skills that will help them to take up further employment opportunities on Palm Island.”
Mr Jones said the infrastructure project resulted in 10 Indigenous job-seekers being employed on a casual basis, with a further 25 engaged in work experience activities.
“Work to relocate the bakery saw eight Indigenous job-seekers employed on a casual basis, with one person still working there full time,” Mr Jones said.
“The upgrade to the mechanical workshop will enable the Coolgaree Aboriginal Corporation to service and repair motor vehicles, leading to valuable opportunities for on-the-job training.
“The corporation is currently in the process of recruiting a motor mechanic apprentice to work at the workshop.”
The Community Development Fund provides funding to organisations to deliver projects that support social and economic development and participation in remote communities.
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2014-05-05 Palm Island CDF release.pdf