Unemployment on Brisbane’s northern outskirts is well above the average. Now there’s a new plan to re-skill locals and make them job ready.
Adam Ashmore reports.
She’s not the most glamorous campaign companion but this bus will be a “labour of love” for the next fortnight.
Kristina Keneally, NSW Senator: “But as we take this bus, launch this new look fair-go express today.”
And Labor says they’ll give a fair go to unemployed in the area, with plans to build a 40 million dollar TAFE campus, if they’re elected.
Mary Schneider, Student: “I really think TAFE is great, especially for those who can’t really get, well can’t handle university.”
Currently, the closest Tafe is an hour and a half away by public transport.
This area is one of Brisbane’s fastest growing communities, and spreading even further north.
But jobs aren’t that easy to come by especially for young people without skills.
Local Labor candidate Corinne Mulholland is excited.
Corinne Mulholland, Candidate: “It means jobs, jobs, jobs.”
Bill Shorten’s deputy Tanya Plibersek was given a run through of the sorts of equipment and technology which will help students learn the construction, engineering and automotive industry skills they’ll need.
Tanya Plibersek, Deputy Opposition Leader: “Of course we are able to afford fantastic investments like the 40 million dollars that will build this TAFE because we are not giving tax cuts to the top end of town.”
The state government would contribute half of the 40 million dollars if the federal labor party is elected.
TAFE Queensland has said that no time frame has been set for the projects construction.
Adam Ashmore, QUT News.