New jobs support for Flemington public housing residents

Thursday, 31 January 2018

Moonee Valley City Council is partnering with the State Government to help deliver a new $650,000 program to support jobs and small business growth for residents of the Flemington public housing estate.

The program aims to place 150 estate young people and women in meaningful employment, 50 students in school-based traineeships with Victoria Police and the health industry, as well as establish at least 20 new resident-owned and operated businesses.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said Council had worked closely with the State Government to bring the program to fruition.

“We are excited to continue to work with the State Government alongside local community leaders, residents, and project partners such as the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Victoria Police to make a real difference in the lives of this community,” Cr Sipek said.

“The Flemington Revitalisation project will provide employment, training and support for local small business start-ups.

“This support is vital to ensure that public housing residents are given the opportunity to gain skills, work experience and secure employment and help break the cycle of disadvantage.”

Lifelong Learning portfolio holder Cr Narelle Sharpe said residents of the Flemington Housing Estate have some of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

“Long term unemployment has a profound effect on both current and future generations who grow up in these areas of social disadvantage,” Cr Sharpe said.

“That is why Council has come together with the Victorian Government to meet this challenge.”

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Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 PM