The Australian Greens are pleased to today announce more than $5.5 million to be spent on local WA heritage projects that will create more than 90 new local, sustainable jobs and traineeships across the State.
“Back in February, Australia’s five Greens Senators used their balance-of-power position, shared with the two Independents in the Senate, to negotiate some key wins for job seekers and the environment in the Government’s $42 billion economic stimulus package,” Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said.
“Instead of encouraging the public to rush out and buy flat screen TVs manufactured in China, our amendments ensured that at least some of the stimulus funding would be spent on generating jobs for local people in sustainable industries.
“Today’s announcement is part of $60 million secured by the Greens for job-creating heritage projects. Other Greens amendments included $200 million for local job creation, $40 million for building bike paths and $50 million for emergency relief and financial counselling for people affected by unemployment.
“As a result of these amendments, I am today extremely pleased to announce the following projects, which will create: 35 long-term jobs, 46 short-term positions, four traineeships and nine work experience positions in Western Australia.
“This follows our announcement last month (SEPT) of $1.8 million for the WA Council of Social Services' ‘Climate Change Readiness for Community Services’ project which will train and employ up to 60 energy and greenhouse auditors in the Rockingham-Kwinana area.
“The Australian Greens would have liked to have seen a much greater share of the Rudd Government’s economic stimulus package spent on creating local sustainable jobs, such as in building renewable energy and public transport infrastructure – however, we consider this an important improvement on what the Government originally planned,” Senator Ludlam continued.
“It demonstrates what can be achieved in terms of local green job creation."
Funding announced today for WA as a result of Greens’ amendments include:
• $1.8 million to restore Fremantle Prison’s Main Cell Block
(creates: 6 short term jobs, 25 long term jobs and 2 traineeships);
• $1.3 million to restore the historic Breaksea Island Lighthouse near Albany
(6 short term jobs; and 5 long term jobs);
• $715,400 to refurbish the heritage-listed Beverley Police Station and quarters
(8 short term jobs, 5 long term jobs, 2 work experience positions and 2 traineeships will be created);
• $593,000 to improve visitor facilities and improve environmental and heritage values of the Denham and Shark Bay World Heritage Area including Monkey Mia, Little Lagoon and Peron Heritage Precinct
(12 short term jobs);
• $764,000 to protect World Heritage values of Purnululu National Park, through road improvements
(14 short term jobs and up to 7 work experience positions).
Additional projects also funded through the Greens’ local heritage jobs fund include:
• $186,000 for restoration ad upgrade of Cummins Theatre in Merredin;
• $100,000 for conservation works to Gwambygine Homestead in the Shire of York;
• $50,709 for storage shed and equipment for the Ilkurlka heritage site recording project, north-east of Kalgoorlie, WA.
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