AT WORK: Job active Joy Reeve, Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre’s Rebecca Woods and supervisor Dean Montgomery.
AT WORK: Job active Joy Reeve, Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre’s Rebecca Woods and supervisor Dean Montgomery.

Program benefiting job seekers and community

THE Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre is the first organisation in the Whitsundays to jump on board the Work for the Dole initiative, with a project already under way.

Work for the Dole is an Australian Government program that helps job seekers gain work experience while assisting the community.

Thanks to this program, the neighbourhood centre has started a major renovation project with expected completion in six months time.

Not-for-profit Busy at Work is running the Work for the Dole program.

Business development officer Laurie Parkinson said this project was the first to get off the ground in the region and it was exciting to see.

"We applaud this project and believe it will provide real skills for the two job seekers who are now undertaking the Work for the Dole program at the centre," she said.

Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre executive officer Rebecca Woods said the renovations would help the centre to run more programs and outreach services for the local community.

"The op shop and the second-hand furniture shed are now joined under the one roof. The renovations have allowed us to turn the shop's previous building into a dedicated counselling room as well as a new training room.

"Our current counselling room has 95 per cent occupancy so the new rooms will allow us to expand our services to the community," she said.

If your organisation can offer a Work for the Dole placement for job seekers, phone 13 BUSY (13 28 79).