MP pushes for worker boost
Incentives to look outside
UP to $9000 is on offer for workers who need to leave Ipswich to find a job – but they need to wait a year to get it.
Federal Government financial incentives are available to re-locate for work but only for those who have been on unemployment benefits like Newstart and Youth Allowance for more than 12 months.
For workers moving to a capital city, $3000 is on offer, $6000 if they need to move to a regional city and an extra $3000 is available for those who have dependent children. Blair MP Shayne Neumann is pushing the government to have the waiting period waived for workers affected by the closure of Churchill Abattoir and Steggles.
“I’m calling on the government to be flexible, they’ve done it before so I know they can,” he said.
“There are jobs available in other locations but if the government waives this they might be in a position to take that up.
“They need to show some flexibility in this area and this would be a great help with the costs involved like transport, bonds and new school supplies.”
Mr Neumann said it needed to happen “straight away, immediately” with job losses fast approaching at the end of the month.
“They don’t want to lose people from the industry, they’ve got the skills so they want them to stay in it,” he said.
HURRY UP: Shayne Neumann is trying to expedite financial incentives for Ipswich workers.