More than 100 jobs and work experience positions have been created for disadvantaged job seekers in western Sydney thanks to more than $1.1 million investment from the Australian Government’s Jobs Fund.
Minister for Social Inclusion, Tanya Plibersek and Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic yesterday opened the Mount Druitt Community Enterprise Hub, on behalf of Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis.
“The hub will operate as a living classroom providing training, work experience and employment opportunities to disadvantaged job seekers including people with disability, mothers returning to the workforce and long-term unemployed people,” Ms Ellis said.
“This is a great example of how well-targeted, local investment can lead to the creation of real jobs, while sustaining existing jobs and enabling communities.”
Ms Plibersek, who officially opened the new community hub, remarked on the positive impact the project has already had on the local community.
“Community development, coupled with the generation of income producing options for local residents from this project, will help address the economic challenges faced by the Mount Druitt community,” Ms Plibersek said.
The Jesuit Social Services Mount Druitt Community Enterprise Hub project received more than $1.1 million through the Get Communities Working stream of the Australian Government’s Jobs Fund.
The Project involved the expansion and refurbishment of an existing food co-operative that now incorporates a food store, cafe, op-shop and monthly community markets.
Mr Husic said 34 jobs, one traineeship and 70 work experience positions have been created through the project.
“The hub’s fast becoming a magnet for community life in and around Emerton.
Besides creating jobs and training up young people, I love that the Hub’s providing the neighbourhood with access to affordable, nutritious and healthy food, low cost clothing and footwear,” he said.
Under the Get Communities Working and Local Jobs streams of the Jobs Fund, the Australian Government has announced $171 million for 225 projects throughout Australia.
Jobs Fund is supporting and creating jobs through projects that build community and social infrastructure in areas most affected by the global recession.
The Jobs Fund projects have substantially exceeded the expected employment outcomes successfully supporting over 9000 jobs, 2400 traineeships and apprenticeships and 5000 work experience opportunities.
More information about the program is available on: www.deewr.gov.au/employment/pages/jobsfund