Working for Victoria Helps Locals Return to Work
Published on 07 September 2020
The Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria (WFV) scheme has supported Moyne Shire Council to create 11 new employment opportunities for local job-seekers, including those who have lost work as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Amid the challenges of COVID-19, the WFV initiative has provided more than just a job for new workers in Council’s outdoors team – it has given them a sense of purpose and a new lease on life.
Darren O’Brian Worked for 7 years at Fonterra’s Warrnambool factory before being made redundant in November last year. Since then, he has picked up work at a local printing company, only to be laid off in April due to the impact of the pandemic.
“I heard about the Working for Victoria jobs and thought, why not give this a go. Needless to say, I’m really glad that I did,” said Mr O’Brian.
“I’ve loved getting outdoors. I’m working with a great bunch of guys and our supervisor has been really supportive, giving us a variety of different tasks and projects to mix up our days.”
Similarly, after being laid off and aged in his sixties, Ian Johnson had never considered a job outdoors before and jumped at the opportunity to return to work.
“This job has made a huge difference to our lives. My wife and I are grateful to Council for providing an opportunity for me to return to work. My mind and my body feel great for it,” Mr Johnson said.
Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade said that Council is thrilled to partner with the state government through its recovery program, to keep more Victorians employed and deliver projects that help respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The support provided by the Victorian Government to grow our workforce greatly assists Council to continue to deliver vital services and support to our local businesses, organisations and the broader community,” Cr Meade said.
Council has been successful in receiving support for roles of six-month terms in areas that have been impacted by COVID-19, including business recovery, tourism and marketing, regulation and compliance, communications and IT, and community facilities and maintenance.
Through its recruitment program, Council provides access to training across various different departments where required.
“Whilst COVID-19 has impacted on us all in various ways, it is now more important than ever that we work together and support each other to recover and rebuild our community,” Cr Meade said.