Funds boost to remote jobs project
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.