Council creates jobs for housing estate residents

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Moonee Valley City Council is helping create jobs for some of our most disadvantaged residents.

 Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Narelle Sharpe said 35 Flemington Housing Estate residents will receive training to become staff as part of negotiations around our new cleaning contract.

“We have recognised that one of the most effective ways to respond to the high level of social and economic disadvantage experienced by residents of the estate is through participation in paid and meaningful work,” Cr Sharpe said.

“Unemployment rates at the estate are at 30 per cent and youth unemployment at 38 per cent, significantly higher than the state averages of 5 per cent and 15 per cent respectively.”

During the recent tendering process for our cleaning contract, it was agreed that the company would train and employ 35 residents over the next three years. They will then work for Ausbright across all their Melbourne facilities, not just those in Moonee Valley.

Cr Sharpe said the new contract started on 1 November 2018 and we already have seven residents of the estate undertaking paid training at the Flemington Community Centre to become cleaners, including one who will supervise and manage the team.

“These residents have already responded enthusiastically to the roles,” Cr Sharpe said.

“This is just one way that we as a Council are aiming to improve the quality of life for our residents and address intergenerational disadvantage.”

Contact for journalists:
Sarah Schwager, Media Advisor
Phone: 03 9243 8813; Mobile 0447 517 177; Email: media@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Last updated: Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 3:27 AM