Funds boost to re­mote jobs project

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

On-coun­try jobs for re­mote Western Desert com­mu­ni­ties have re­ceived a boost, with a project to as­sess the vi­a­bil­ity of a jobs fa­cil­i­ta­tor funded by the Fed­eral Govern­ment.

Ka­lyuku Ninti-Pun­tuku Ngurra Martu has re­ceived $19,500 un­der the lat­est round of the Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund. Du­rack MHR Melissa Price said the fund­ing would help de­liver an anal­y­sis of pop­u­la­tion and bar­ri­ers to work­ing in the re­gion.

“We will con­duct a skills au­dit of the com­mu­nity mem­bers aged 18 and over and de­velop an em­ploy­ment plan that will iden­tify cur­rent and emerg­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“Par­rn­gurr has been cho­sen as the site for the project as the Martu have ex­pressed a strong de­sire for mean­ing­ful paid ac­tiv­ity on their lands away from the cat­a­strophic im­pacts of al­co­hol and other sub­stances.

“This will then be used to lever emerg­ing new em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for the com­mu­nity, with agen­cies op­er­at­ing in the com­mu­nity with the aim that this will in­crease Martu em­ploy­ment and com­mu­nity co­he­sive­ness.” The Kar­ratha Busi­ness Cen­tre has also shared in the fund­ing pool, re­ceiv­ing $22,500 to­wards pro­vid­ing gov­er­nance train­ing cour­ses.

The cour­ses will help iden­tify re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion di­rec­tors and un­der­stand per­sonal li­a­bil­ity of di­rec­tors and coun­cil­lors.

They will also help di­rec­tors com­pre­hend their role in strat­egy for­mu­la­tion, risk man­age­ment and fi­nan­cial man­age­ment.

Other Du­rack projects to be funded un­der the lat­est round of the grants pro­gram in­clude $32,100 for a com­mu­nity learn­ing cen­tre busi­ness case in Ku­nunurra, $20,000 for a Western Mid­lands brand­ing ini­tia­tive, and $16,500 for a high school men­tor­ing pro­gram in the Wheat­belt town of Bruce Rock.

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