Beach wise while job searching

Page MP Janelle Saffin with Work-for-the-Dole participants (l-r) Dylan Richardson, Steve Jackson, David Kain and Neil Weeks, Tursas general manager Ron Rathbourne and Elton Cummings fromSurf Lifesaving Far North Coast.

Beach safety awareness is now second nature for a team of Northern Rivers job seekers after they graduated from a surf lifesaving skills project.

The participants in the Work-for-the-Dole project on surf safety helped the Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore Surf Lifesaving Club with administration, promotion, and vital monitoring and communication activities.

They were praised for their efforts and presented with certificates by Page MP Janelle Saffin at a graduation ceremony at the Lighthouse Beach Communications Centre in Ballina last week, attended by representatives from the Surf Lifesaving Far North Coast Branch.

A major component of the project involved the participants learning how to monitor beach conditions and critical coastal situations by camera, and then reporting them to relevant organisations, including local radio and emergency services.

It is a great example of people working together and getting job skills while making a very positive contribution to their community, Ms Saffin said.

Participants also gained experience in customer service, administration and marketing as well as training in occupational health and safety.

Ms Saffin said that since the Tursa Employment & Training project began, four participants had found jobs or had gone on to further education or training.

Work-for-the-Dole is a federal government initiative providing work experience placements for job seekers. For more information visit

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