The Victorian Government’s Community Revitalisation Program will operate over four years to facilitate new workforce and economic opportunities for people in areas that face entrenched barriers to employment.
The latest initiative under the program will be an allocation of $650,000 to generate employment, school based training and small business opportunities for tenants of the Flemington public housing estate.
Co-designed by the Victorian Government and Moonee Valley City Council, the Flemington Project will employ two skilled industry and community brokers to develop a three-year strategic plan for the Flemington estate.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 census data shows that Flemington had a labour force participation rate of 31 per cent compared to a state-wide average of 61.5 per cent. Flemington also had a youth unemployment rate of 68%, which is four times the state-wide average.
The Flemington Project aims to place 150 estate residents in sustainable employment, 50 students in school-based traineeships with Victoria Police and the health sector, and to establish at least 20 new resident-owned and operated businesses.
It will deliver access to secure jobs for young people and women with pre-school aged children through Jobs Victoria Partner The Brotherhood of St Laurence.
Program participants will have access to training, English language classes, TAFE and university courses, mentoring and study support. They will also access employment opportunities from major government projects including the following:
- Department of Health and Human Services $30 million Flemington Estate Renewal Project
- Major Projects Skills Guarantee, which provides jobs through the $6 billion Level Crossings Rail Authority project
- $11 billion Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel project
- $1.3 billion Tullamarine road extension
- $135 million Flemington Racecourse re-development.
Program participants will also be able to access the Public Tenant Employment program and Good Money Collingwood, a Victorian Government partnership with Good Shepherd Microfinance, which provides no-interest loans and financial services.
The project will be managed by a local board supported by the Moonee Valley City Council. The interim board is currently chaired by the Member for Essendon, Danny Pearson. A permanent board will be appointed, and will include representatives from Victoria Police, local businesses and government agencies responsible for major projects.
The Community Revitalisation Program is also supporting employment focused projects in Dandenong /Doveton, Hume and Shepparton, which are providing measurable outcomes and improving economic conditions in these areas.
The Dandenong/Doveton and Hume projects have both been allocated $1.05 million. Some funding for the Dandenong/Doveton project has been allocated to provide career counselling and employment readiness for jobseekers facing barriers to employment, and aims to increase employment figures in the region.
The Shepparton project has received more than $2 million for community based projects linked to Aboriginal communities in the region.
Funding for community revitalisation is also supporting community finance initiatives, which seek to provide businesses and communities opportunities to access finance to support business growth and to improve social outcomes in communities experiencing disadvantage.
A microfinance project is being developed to assist low income earners and jobseekers in community revitalisation sites and the Latrobe Valley.
For more information on the Community Revitalisation Program contact:
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Phone: (03) 965 19901