PM pays tribute to the Latrobe Bushfire Recovery Community Jobs Project


Prime Minister Julia Gillard has paid tribute to local education provider GippsTAFE for the successful completion of the Latrobe Bushfire Recovery Community Jobs Project. The project was funded by the Australian Federal Government, through the Department of Education and Workplace Relations Australian Government Jobs Fund – Local Jobs stream.

Via video link the Prime Minister described the project as a “template for future recovery programs” and something that “All Australians should be proud of”.  The Prime Minister congratulated all agencies that were involved.

GippsTAFE has joined together today (Tuesday 28th June) with project partners, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, Latrobe City Council, Berry Street Victoria, a range of Employment Service Agencies and Environmental Groups to celebrate the great success of this project. 

The project has provided significant contributions to the community, the environment and bushfire impacted individuals and has assisted in the repair and rebuilding of amenities.  The project employed and trained over 40 people, and provided opportunities for disadvantaged job seekers to engage in work experience opportunities.

Participants who engaged in the program were provided with significant accredited training linked to and supporting their on the job activity. Training included Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management, Chainsaw Operations, AGVET Chemical Users course, Indigenous Cross Cultural Training, and Occupational Health and Safety training.

Successful participants proudly accepted their Certificates at the official celebration held at the Waratah Training Restaurant, GippsTAFE Morwell Campus.

“GippsTAFE is delighted to share in the achievements and success of this program and all who participated,” expressed GippsTAFE CEO Dr Peter Whitley.

“We celebrate the commitment and spirit of our local community in all endeavours to repair and strengthen after the devastating impact of the 2009 fires.”

 Significant financial and in kind support for the project was received from key partners such as the Salvation Army, Pro Rent Morwell and Apprenticeships Group Australia.