Minister for Human Services
National Award for Burnie to Help Jobless
18 March, 2015

Disadvantaged residents of Burnie will reap the benefits after the city won a national award that carries a resource pool of up to $1 million.

“The Search”, an initiative of the Centre for Social Impact aimed at encouraging communities to tackle entrenched social challenges, was concluded in Sydney today where Burnie Works was announced as the winner.

Proposed by the Burnie City Council, Burnie Works will work with members of the local community experiencing complex issues such as unemployment, social and economic disadvantage and intergenerational poverty.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is a strong believer in working together to assist vulnerable Tasmanians, and this competition embodies that approach with its emphasis on developing collective impact frameworks.

This is all about aligning the efforts and resources of many to make community-wide change.

We were very pleased to have three Tasmanian communities short-listed in the final 11, and we were thrilled today to learn of Burnie’s success.

My congratulations go to everyone involved in the Burnie Works initiative. I would also like to acknowledge the hard work, community spirit and commitment to change that the other two Tasmanian communities, Launceston and Clarendon Vale, put into their initiatives as well.

The Government’s first priority is to help create jobs, so we certainly look forward to working with Burnie Works to deliver results in the local community.

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