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Local people asked to join the Green Army


Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP

Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP has called for local people to join the Green Army to work on local projects in Barker. Mr Pasin announced today the Australian Government is calling for more local people to join the Green Army to work on local projects that will make a real difference to our environment in the electorate of Barker.
Applications for projects under Round 4 of the Green Army programme are now open for projects in Barker.
“We want local people to join the Green Army to work on local projects in our community, and we want local groups to come forward with ideas for projects,” said Member for Barker, Tony Pasin.
“Community organisations, Landcare groups, natural resource management organisations, environment groups, Indigenous organisations, local councils and others can now nominate for a new Green Army project that has a clear focus on conservation of the environment or National or World Heritage places.”
“For young Australians aged between 17 and 24, joining the Green Army means you’ll receive valuable practical experience and training while undertaking work that will improve the environment in our local community.
Round Four of the Green Army will consist of two streams. Stream 1 will focus on heritage projects that promote, protect and conserve Australia’s National and World Heritage which are listed for their natural, historic or Indigenous values.
Stream 2 will focus on projects that directly support the protection and recovery of threatened species, particularly actions for improving habitat.
Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, said the Green Army encourages practical action to support local environment and conservation projects across Australia and will provide training to thousands of young Australians by 2018.
“Right across Australia, the Green Army is making a real difference to the environment and local communities through projects such as restoring and protecting habitat, weeding, planting, cleaning up creeks and rivers and restoring cultural heritage places,” Minister Hunt said.
“The Green Army will become Australia’s largest-ever team supporting environmental action across the country, building to 15,000 young Australians by 2018.”
The Green Army is a major Government commitment with more than $700 million budgeted over four years.
This investment in the Green Army brings the Government’s total investment in natural resource management to more than $2 billion over four years.
Applications for projects under Round Four of the programme are now open and will close at 2pm AEST (Canberra time) on Wednesday, 16 September 2015.
Information sessions about how to get involved in the Green Army are running throughout August across Australia. They are an opportunity to find out about how to apply for a project under Round Four.

Contact: Nathan Robinson – 0428 238 562

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Tony Pasin MP defends his record

img_TonyPasinProfileTony Pasin MP

by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

Tony Pasin MP Member for Barker defended his record after recent comments by Treasurer Koutsantonis, who asked residents to question what Mr Pasin had brought to the region since being elected. on a recent visit to the area.

Mr Pasin said the Treasurers comments were ridiculous and wrong.

“I will happily contrast my record against his for delivering benefits to the electorate of Barker and the South East in particular,”  said Mr Pasin in a recently released statement.

Mr Pasin listed his achievements since being elected:-

  • $47.8m to improve our local roads through the Roads to Recovery programme.
    • A new Headspace facility for our young people in Mount Gambier;
    • 11 NBN Fixed Wireless towers constructed with 2 more under construction for the South East;
    • 177 new aged care packages;
    • $223,614 for our veterans including $6,200 for the South East Veteran’s Information Centre
    • $192,000 for Landcare programmes
    • $1.1 million for Green Army Projects to improve our natural environment
    • $170,000 for Mary MacKillop School;
    • $10,000 for the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse;
    • $726, 000 for the Port MacDonald Marine Infrastructure Development;
    • $565, 000 to help small and medium sized businesses develop export market opportunities;
    • $1.3m for Kincraig Medical Clinic;
    • $375,500 for the 20 million trees program

Mr Pasin said, ” Treasurer Koutsantonis is responsible for inflicting massive ESL increases on regional families and then refusing to provide that extra revenue to CFS volunteers while undermining their work through their forced merger.”
“Treasurer Koutsantonis is responsible for the highest and most taxing government in Australia and unlike other States he is cutting $98 million from pensioner concessions. He and his government have ignored for over a decade the need to fix the dangerous Wireless Road\Penola Road intersection.”
“The State Government mismanaged the sale of the forests so that the Government only received half of the estimated value in the sale process and have failed to fully distribute the industry assistance package that was promised at the time of the sale.”
“Meanwhile Mr Koutsantonis has been going around full throttle trying to frack the South East.”
“The fact is Treasurer Koutsantonis is seeking to punish regional communities with his city centric policies and is hurting regional families with his economic mismanagement,” Mr Pasin said.

Barker to win from revamped work for the dole conditions


Tony Pasin Federal Member for Barker


Job seekers and local communities in Barker will benefit from the reinvigorated Work for the Dole programme being introduced by the Australian Government.

The scheme is currently operating in 18 areas across Australia, but will be extended throughout the country – including in Barker – from 1 July 2015.

The scheme is already operating in the Barossa as part of a trial in 18 selected areas, but it will be extended right across Australia from 1 July 2015.

Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, said employers told him that young job seekers, in particular, often lacked the basic job skills – such as punctuality, commitment and teamwork – required to succeed in the workforce.

“Work for the Dole practically helps job seekers to gain these essential skills in a work-like setting and improve their chances of finding and keeping paid employment,” Mr Pasin said.

“The communities providing taxpayer support to job seekers also benefit from Work for the Dole because participants in the programme carry out useful work on local projects.

“Put simply, both job seekers and local communities win from Work for the Dole.”

Mr Pasin welcomed the recent introduction of Work for the Dole in the Barossa.

“If South Australia and the Barossa are to prosper and fulfil its potential, we need to do everything possible to get more people into work and off welfare.

“I firmly believe that the best form of welfare is a job, and that the worst thing we can do for job seekers is to allow them to drift into the destructive world of long-term welfare dependency.

“Work for the Dole is a terrific opportunity for people to bring a work-like rhythm to their lives, to learn new skills and behaviours, and to demonstrate to potential employers that they’re keen and ready for paid work.”

Work for the Dole involves job seekers doing work for not-for-profit organisations, or with local, state, territory or Australian Government agencies.

The expansion of Work for the Dole to a national programme is part of the Australian Government’s introduction of a new and more streamlined employment services system from 1 July 2015.

Work for the Dole Coordinators will be appointed in every employment region across the country, and they will work closely with host organisations and employment service providers to help job seekers into Work for the Dole places.

Other Australian Government initiatives to help people move off welfare and into work, include:

• the Job Commitment Bonus for young, long-term unemployed people;

• Relocation Assistance to help people move to a new area to take up work;

• the Restart programme encouraging employers to hire mature-aged workers;

• loans to encourage young workers to complete their apprenticeships;

• the Green Army, which provides valuable experience on local environmental and conservation projects; and

• programmes to help young people in regional areas move from school to work, including through training.

For more information about Work for the Dole, please visit https://employment.gov.au/work-dole

Source: provided by Tony Pasin Federal Member for Barker