New arts graduates receive career development funding

Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, has announced funding of $981,595 to support 99 recently graduated Australian artists through the Australia Council’s ArtStart program. Andrew Nikolic, Federal Member for Bass, welcomed the Australian Government’s support for young artists and congratulated local recipient, Amelia Rowe.

Information sessions on Green Army programme

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Community information sessions on the Federal Government’s major new environmental programme – the Green Army – will be held in Tasmania next month.

Bass MP Andrew Nikolic said the Green Army supports practical, grassroots environment and heritage conservation projects across urban, regional and remote Australia.

The Green Army provides young Australians aged 17-24 with the tools they need to help them enter the workforce, improve their career opportunities or further their education and training, while participating in projects that generate real and lasting benefits for the environment.

“The community information sessions are a great way for those interested in the Green Army Programme to learn more about it,” Mr Nikolic.

“I would encourage community organisations, environment groups, local councils and young Australians to attend to see how they can become involved in the Green Army.”

“Green Army projects may involve restoring and protecting native habitat, weeding, revegetation, cleaning up waterways, creeks and rivers, fencing, gully remediation, preventing erosion, protecting and conserving heritage places and values, or monitoring and surveying on Indigenous and non-Indigenous lands.”

Participants will have the opportunity to undertake accredited training such as work readiness, conservation and land management, heritage conservation, project and human resource management and heritage trade skills.

They also receive an allowance and are eligible to gain Certificate I or Certificate II qualifications in areas such as land management, park management, landscaping or horticulture or nationally endorsed skills set to support them in their future career prospects.

“Whether you’re a potential project sponsor or interested in joining the Green Army as a participant, the sessions provide an opportunity to talk with representatives from the Australian Government Department of the Environment about the Programme,” Mr Nikolic said.

The following sessions are being held in Tasmania:

Launceston — Monday 9 February, 2.00 — 4.00 pm, at the Hotel Charles, 287 Charles St, Launceston.

Hobart — Tuesday 10 February, 9.00am — 11.00 am, at Salamanca Inn, 10 Gladstone St, Battery Point.

Community members should register their attendance by sending an RSVP to: GreenArmy@environment.gov.au by Friday 6 February 2015.

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Success of hospice@HOME palliative care service in Tasmania

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The Federal Government-funded hospice@HOME program in Tasmania successfully delivered 583 home palliative care packages last year.

Bass MP Andrew Nikolic has welcomed the early success of the $35 million program, which is being delivered state-wide by The District Nurses home care services under the Federal Government’s Tasmanian Health Assistance Package.READ MORE

Applications open for new $476m skills training fund

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Bass MP Andrew Nikolic is encouraging eligible businesses in Northern Tasmania to take advantage of a new $476 million Industry Skills Fund to boost the training of their workforce.

The fund will provide up to 200,000 training places and skills advice for businesses over the next four years, and is a key element of the Abbott Government Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda.READ MORE