Work for the Dole participants rise to deliver disaster relief

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Recent weather conditions left extensive damage in its path, particularly across the Central Coast and Hunter. In response, local councils needed fast and reliable workers to drive the disaster relief after the damage.

This was the case for the Blackbutt Reserve which was left battered after the rain. After calling off Work for the Dole activities during the two peak weather days, Community Work Experience Consultant Dave received a call at 6:30 one morning from the Reserve, pleading for Break Thru Work for the Dole participants to “come today – we got smashed”.

Dave reached out to our job seekers asking for additional assistance. Many answered the call and went above and beyond, keeping up with paid workers and delivering disaster relief to the Blackbutt Reserve.

Our job seekers repaired erosion problems, set up temporary fences, established tracks and picked up load after load of trees and branches that had fallen. Participants cleaned out the entire main car park – a huge job after the rain.

Job seekers also addressed the lagoon where it took a week to drain ready for a major planting of native sedges around the edges part of Carnley avenue revitalisation.

Our Work for the Dole participants are particularly protective of the Blackbutt Reserve after delivering extensive services to this area in the past. They didn’t want to see all of their hard work going to waste after the damaging rain.

Dave and Break Thru would like to thank our wonderful Work for the Dole participants who rose to the occasion. The local community are very appreciative of the amazing work all put in to deliver disaster relief to the Blackbutt Reserve.

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