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Businesses cash support available for job seekers








Businesses Cash support available for job seekers who move to take up work

Up to $9,000 in financial assistance is now available for eligible long-term unemployed job seekers and their families to relocate to a new job.

 Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, said that this would help jobseekers to move to take up a job offer.

“The Coalition Government recognises that some job-seekers may need to relocate to take up a job opportunity and that removal costs can be prohibitive,” said Mr Pasin

Mr Pasin said the programme assists individuals with the considerable costs of moving.

Up to $6000 is available to eligible job seekers if they move to a regional area to take up a job. Job seekers with dependent children could also be provided with an extra $3000 to help cover additional relocation costs.

Relocation assistance is available to long-term unemployed job seekers who have been receiving Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance or the Parenting Payment for 12 months or more.

“This programme offers a strong incentive to job seekers to lift their gaze and look further afield to opportunities beyond where they live.

“This is an important part of the Government’s Economic Action Strategy that will build a strong and prosperous economy, where every Australian can share in the benefits.”

Relocation Assistance is one of a suite of initiatives that reinforce the Government’s commitment to get more people into the workforce. Other programmes include Work for the Dole, the Job Commitment Bonus for young job seekers and Restart—a programme to support mature-age employment.

Job seekers interested in Relocation Assistance are encouraged to speak with their Job Services Australia or Disability Employment Services provider.

For further information visit: http://employment.gov.au/news/relocation-assistance-take-job-programme

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Mandatory training for new council

Legislation for mandatory Council member training passes Parliament said Mr Geoff Brock in a press release this morning. Local Council members will be required to undergo mandatory training after next month’s local government elections following passage of legislation through State Parliament.

‘Local Government Minister, Geoff Brock said the legislation provided for mandatory training for members of local Councils, as well as strengthening the Oath of Office taken by councillors.

“The amendments to the Local Government Act 1999 enhance the significance of the elected members’ declaration on taking office, as well as ensuring councillors better understand and appreciate their roles and responsibilities,” Mr Brock said.

“These are simple but important measures which were recommended by the Ombudsman and have been the subject of extensive consultation.

“The Local Government Association has also specifically requested these measures be introduced in time for the start of the new local government term following next month’s Council elections.”

Local Government Association President, David O’Loughlin said Elected Members’ work was varied and often complex.

“Training which leads to better understanding of the role of an Elected Member, leads to good governance and a better outcome for communities,” Mayor O’Loughlin said.

“Councillors come from all walks of life to preside over budgets in the many millions of dollars, training to better prepare them for this work is welcome and the LGA fully supports this legislation.”

Mr Brock said voluntary voting in this year’s election requires votes to be received by 5pm on Friday week, November 7, with counting starting the following day.

“I strongly urge all eligible electors to make sure they get their postal votes in,” Mr Brock said.

“There’s been increased interest in this year’s election with a record number of nominations and the lowest number ever of candidates who have been elected unopposed.

“There’s also going to be 30 mayoral elections out of the 51 councils where electors directly elect the position of Mayor.

“As a former Mayor, I believe the more contests the better because they help to enliven community debate and participation in elections,” Mr Brock said.’


Press Release from Minister Geoff Brock

Barry Stoddart seeks re-election for Corcoran Ward


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Barry Stoddart is seeking re-electon to a second term as a Councillor representing Corcoran Ward on Wattle Range Council and spoke to 5THE FM/wattlerangnow earlier this week saying:-

‘I would like to continue as one of what I believe are a good and progressive team of councillors which work well with the current council staff. I can be more effective in my second term as councillor having learned much about the workings of council during my first term.

I have a record of working for the community with well over 30 years service in Lions.

I have been a resident of Millicent for 25 years and I was Administration Manager for 20 years at Landmark. Working in private enterprise was a benefit in understanding the council’s financial procedures.  Most of my working life has been in the country in Minlaton, West Wyalong and Keith before coming to Millicent.

My vision is quite simple in all aspects, I would like to see our council areas and  in particular, the Corcoran Ward, be the best they can be.

I agree with Councillor Lawlor that our drain area needs beautifying, and am encouraged by council’s positive approach in this area.

I support the continued development and extention of recreational facilities along Ridge Tce.

I support the continued development of the Railway Area, perhaps with a retirement village or retirement style housing.

My community roles also include Council Representative and Chair of Millicent Social Issues Committee, am a member of the Wattle Range Council Audit Committee where my previous employment is of assistance. I am now the newly appointed Council representative on the Millicent Health Advisory Committee where I hope I can assist with maintaining and increasing services at Millicent Hospital and Sheoak Lodge.

As well as being a member of the Millicent Lions Club, I am currently the treasurer of the Millicent Bowling Club, Secretary of the local Lutheran Church. and secretary of the Millicent Tennis Association,  and a participant in the Men’s Watch’ program for the prevention of men’ s suicide.

I am passionate about my community, and a committed Christian and I believe the Churches and my fellow Christians need to be represented in council and I will do this while representing the whole community.’

Barry has been married to wife Kathleen for 43 years; they have two daughters and six grandchildren and he seeks a second term in Corcoran Ward.