RALLYING: Treasurer Andrew Fraser launches the
1000 Local Jobs Campaign.
A CAMPAIGN to create 1000 new jobs in Ipswich was launched yesterday, with Mayor Paul Pisasale and Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser calling on businesses to pledge jobs to the cause.
A brainchild of Cr Pisasale and IPA Personnel CEO Rabieh Krayem, the 1000 Local Jobs campaign was created to encourage long-term unemployed people into work.
Already 100 jobs have been created to start the campaign, with Ipswich City Council contributing 50, the State Government 10 and local businesses like Ross Llewellyn Motors and Brian Grant Kitchens creating 28.
Speaking at the campaign launch at the Ipswich Civic Centre yesterday, Mr Fraser said he thought the idea was an excellent initiative.
"I'm a fan of job targets and I applaud the efforts of Mayor Paul Pisasale and Ipswich to get behind their own target of 1000 local jobs," Mr Fraser said.
"I support his efforts and more importantly the people of the Ipswich business community are getting behind delivering jobs.
"More cities in Queensland can take their lead from the way Ipswich is going ahead."
Cr Pisasale said the timeframe for the 1000 Local Jobs campaign would run until the 1000th job was filled. New apprenticeships and jobs for young people would be among the key target groups.
He said the campaign would make it easier for local businesses to employ people, with the one campaign phone number giving businesses access to a number of job service providers.
"We are under state and national averages for unemployment, but now is not the time to rest on our laurels – we need to put our foot on the accelerator," Cr Pisasale said.
"We must continue to be vigilant, promoting jobs growth in the region."
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