Govt grant will mean more jobs

ABORIGINAL employment prospects in the Nambucca Valley are about to get a significant boost.

Commonwealth government funding of $700,000 has been secured to operate a cafe which will also provide meals to disadvantaged community members.

According to the Minister for Employment Participation, Senator Mark Habib, the cafe will operate as a training and enterprise centre to assist indigenous job seekers and youth at risk into mainstream employment.

The funding has been allocated to NORTEC Employment and Training. NORTEC spokesperson Belinda Hall was yesterday still coming to terms with the success of the organisation’s grant application.

“We lodged the application nine months ago and expected to be advised two months ago,” Ms Hall said. “Now that is has finally been made public we will now have to check to see if the site we had selected for the cafe and kitchen is still available before we can say how long it will take to get the project up and running.”

The program is expected to create 12 jobs, 60 work experience positions and four traineeships.



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