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Work for the Dole proposal

I have recently completed a supervisor’s job for a Work for the Dole project at the Catholic Church in Port Lincoln for a six-month period.

We began with 10 to 12 participants, both male and female, working Monday to Thursday, 9am to 3pm.

Work involved weeding, painting, spreading crusher dust to pathways to the cemetery grounds, replacement of guttering, small repairs, pruning and planting shrubs, slashing weeds, restoring the old church floor by sanding and repainting with a clear finish, and painting exterior posts and verandah of the existing house.

Was the program a success?

Yes to a degree.

The cemetery and grounds received a great workover, painting was great and new shrubs are growing.

I found the supervisor job a challenge as far as looking after eight to 10 participants and my patience was tested trying to watch and help.

Could Work for the Dole be performed better? 


Here is my proposal:

One or two participants be placed around Port Lincoln in various areas such as builders, plumbers, electricians, concreters, bricklayers, carpenters, painters, shopping centres, hospitals, silos, fish processors, railways, farming, ship building, tree loppers, city council maintenance, cleaners or mechanical.

The worker receive his or her payment each week if they work and the employer receives a grant of, say, $5000 for the six months of employment.

The participant is to work onsite and be delegated to work with the carpenter, bricklayer, plumber etcetera or at the silos, hospital, railways etcetera.

The employer then pays an extra $100 or $200 per week on top of his or her dole payment.

During the six months of employment with various trades or businesses he or she will learn to start on time, be reliable, take part in various projects, work a full eight hours a day and possibly be offered part-time or full-time work.

To assist the employment situation the red tape and rules of what the participant cannot do would be removed, eg cannot work in inclement weather, height restrictions, power tools, abrupt talk. Do not stop participants from taking a risk.

I must emphasise amongst the participants there were some great workers.


Port Lincoln

Elliston a model council for others

Congratulations to the Elliston District Council from another SA coastal local councillor for both your local government award for promoting indigenous recognition through the Waterloo Bay monument and your position on opposing exploration in the Bight.

I recognise the courageous and determined work it must have taken to come up with a set of words on the monument that very diplomatically covers all the different views about the word “massacre” and I am adopting you as my model council!

I hope this sort of work challenges and inspires other councils to be leaders in this kind of community representation.


Port Adelaide Enfield councillor

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