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Greens launch $50m local green jobs package

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Rachel joined Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Employment Participation Minister Mark Arbib in announcing a $50m local green jobs package.

These projects are the result of successful negotiation between the Rudd Government and the Greens to secure the passage of the economic stimulus package through the creation of around 10,000 local green jobs.

The Greens have worked with the Government to improve its Nation-Building stimulus package. At all times we have promoted the need for greater support for local green jobs that help transform the Australian economy to a low-carbon future.

The Greens $200m local jobs component was part of a package of Greens initiatives that included $50m for emergency relief and financial counselling for people affected by unemployment, $60m for heritage projects, $40m for bike paths and $10m for bioremediation of the lower Murray.

The Greens also secured fair and equitable access to a $550m infrastructure programme for all councils in Australia, regardless of their size or location. Senator Siewert said that the Greens would continue to improve Government legislation through sensible negotiations in the Senate.

Senator Siewert announced two specific local programmes in Western Australia:

  • WACOSS (Western Australian Council of Social Services) will receive $1.8m to recruit, train and employ greenhouse auditors under the Climate Change Readiness for Community Services Project.
  • SWAN TAFE will receive $780,000 to deliver residential and training facilities for tackling drug and alcohol abuse and at the same time allow 52 young Australians to finish apprenticeships, while providing an additional 50 work experience positions in the construction industry.
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