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Art attack: Estelle Kerr from Yarram loves her li-
brary time, especially when she gets to colour in.
The library often runs children’s activities, particu-
larly during the school holidays, has internet access
and of course has a huge range of books for both
children and adults.
Build it: the school holidays might be nearly over,
but there is still plenty of fun to be had in the Yar-
ram library, including Lego club, held on Mondays
from 2.30pm to 4.30pm for the remainder of Janu-
ary. Amber, Alexis and Logan Milner from Bacchus
Marsh enjoyed tinkering with the toys at the library
THE Turnbull Government has
announced the interim Employ-
ment Facilitator for Gippsland
has commenced work to help
support those affected by the
closure of the Hazelwood Power
Station and mine in the Latrobe
Valley in March 2017.
Mr Grant Rathjen, who started work
this week, has more than 40 years’ ex-
perience in federal, state and local
government education, training and
employment roles in the Latrobe Valley
and Gippsland. He has been appointed
for an initial period of four months.
Minister for Employment, Senator
the Hon Michaelia Cash and Member
for Gippsland the Hon Darren Chester
MP, said the interim Employment Fa-
cilitator for Gippsland would be critical
in helping those affected by the upcom-
ing closure connect with a wide range
“The people of the Latrobe Valley
are understandably concerned about
what will happen to their community
when Hazelwood closes,” Minister
“One of the important elements of
the government’s $43 million Hazel-
wood Structural Adjustment Program
is that services will be made available
to eligible partners of retrenched work-
ers, contractors and business people in
the Hazelwood supply chain.”
Mr Rathjen brings a wealth of ex-
perience to the role of Employment
Facilitator for Gippsland. He has well-
established government and industry
networks within the Gippsland region
and an excellent understanding of local
labour market issues.
Between 2012 and 2014 he was
Gippsland Regional Education, Skills
and Jobs Coordinator for the Depart-
ment of Employment.
As part of his role, Mr Rathjen will
work with local jobactive providers,
employers and training services to en-
sure workers have the skills they need
to re-enter the workforce and provide
them with opportunities for retraining
and further education.
Member for Gippsland, Dar-
ren Chester MP, said he hoped local
workers would take advantage of Mr
Rathjen’s local knowledge and experi-
“Mr Rathjen will be a valuable,
accessible on-the ground resource. I
encourage workers to make contact
with him to discuss their employment
needs,” Minister Chester said.
“The Government’s immediate pri-
ority is to ensure affected workers re-
ceive fast, comprehensive support to
get back in the workforce as quickly as
Employers with job opportunities
are also encouraged to make contact
with Mr Rathjen.
Funding for the position of an in-
terim Employment Facilitator for
Gippsland region has been made avail-
able under the Government’s Hazel-
wood Structural Adjustment Program.
For more information about the
Hazelwood Structural Adjustment
Program, visit https://www.employ-
recently-lost-their-job or call the Em-
ployment Services Information Line on
13 62 68.
To contact Grant Rathjen email
email@example.com or call 0434 307
487. Mr Rathjen will be co-located
with the Latrobe Valley Authority at
131 Princes Drive, Morwell, Victoria.
First time: Canberra’s Pushpani, Prasanga, Nuhan and Methula Palihawadana visited the Greenaway’s
dairy farm last week, which was their first time on a farm. Pushpani and her family were in Yarram, while
she acted as a locum GP at the Yarram Medical Centre. Eric Greenaway said it is important for the com-
munity to embrace new professionals when they come into the town. Prasanga said they were in Yarram
for a fortnight and enjoyed travelling around the region and experiencing what it has to offer. He said they
were made to feel welcome by the local community. They have now returned to Canberra.
Farm life: Methula and Nuhan Palihawadana were in Yarram recently, while
their mother Pushpani was providing locum GP services to the Yarram Medi-
cal Centre. They children had their first taste of farm life last week, with a visit
to the Greenaway’s dairy farm.
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