MP pushes for worker boost

In­cen­tives to look out­side

The Queensland Times - - NEWS - Emma Clarke emma.clarke@qt.com.au

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.

PHOTO: FILE

HURRY UP: Shayne Neu­mann is try­ing to ex­pe­dite fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives for Ip­swich work­ers.

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