26 September 2023

Jobless to clean up in COVID project

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The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) has announced that hundreds of extra cleaners are to hit local streets across regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne in a four-week blitz to help slow the spread of Coronavirus.

The Department said short-term positions had been created for 1,500 cleaners to work across 10 regional and 26 suburban communities cleaning public infrastructure, retail centres and shopping strips to help build community confidence as the staged lifting of restrictions begins.

“Workers will disinfect and wipe down external surfaces such as street benches, handrails and door handles, traffic light buttons, poles, bicycle stands and bins,” it said.

“The cleaning blitz, part of the government’s $500 million Working for Victoria initiative, will create employment for people who have lost work as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic while delivering a valuable community service.”

DJPR said the first of the workers had already taken up their posts and advertising for the remaining jobs would continue until all positions were filled.

It said the metropolitan Councils involved in the four-week blitz were Banyule; Bayside; Boroondara; Brimban; Cardinia; Casey; Greater Dandenong; Darebin; Hobsons Bay; Frankston; Glen Eira; Hume; Kingston; Knox; Manningham; Maroondah; Melton; Monash; Moonee Valley; Moreland; Mornington Peninsula; Nillumbik; Whitehorse; Whittlesea; Wyndham; and Yarra Ranges.

The Department said the regional Councils involved were Ballarat; Greater Bendigo; Greater Geelong; Greater Shepparton; Horsham; Latrobe; Mildura; Wangaratta; Warrnambool; and Wodonga.

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