Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Special week raises literacy and numeracy awareness

This week has been declared National Literacy and Numeracy Week by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Scott Wassman, Katherine Regional Service Manager of Mission Australia says the week highlights how central literacy and numeracy is to be successful in everyday life.

“Poor literacy and numeracy skills are one of the many barriers to jobseekers in finding long term employment,” Mr Wassman said.

Mission Australia operates the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program in Katherine. It provides training in speaking, listening, reading and maths to adult students to help them achieve their goals whether it is pathways to sustainable employment, further study or even the skills to obtain their drivers license.

“We currently have over 30 students in Katherine participating in the program” he said.

“The program is individually tailored to each student’s need. We assist them in making a plan that helps them achieve their goals of employment, further education or overcoming other challenges affecting learning outcomes that they may face,” he said.

“For example, we noticed about three weeks ago one of our newest students Moses fiercely squinting in class. We quickly got him a consultation with a local optometrist who fitted him with his first ever prescription glasses”.

Local Member Willem Westra Van Holthe said this type of program was vital to the community.

“Reading and writing are often taken for granted but unfortunately these essential skills are not shared. These skills form the foundation from which so many aspects of our lives are formed,” said Mr Westra Van Holthe.

Mission Australia is one of the national leading providers of support services and training to jobseekers. Nationally Mission Australia has helped 1847 participants through the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program to equip them with the fundamental literacy and numeracy skills they need for life.

The program is available through Mission Australia in New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia and is free to all eligible students.

The initiative is in partnership with Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Call for Mt Todd Environmental Impact Statement

Vista Gold Corp. welcomes the release of the Draft Guidelines for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Mt Todd Gold Project.

Company President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr Frederick Earnest said the release of the guidelines was a major milestone in the process of their assessment of the site as a producing gold mine.

“We are encouraged by the potential of the Mt Todd site and are currently conducting a definitive feasibility study to determine if the property can be re-opened.”

The “brownfield” site is located approximately 50km north of Katherine and 250 km south of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Australia. The mine tenement is approximately 160,800ha.

Over the past five years, Vista Gold has taken an orderly, methodical and conservative approach to determine the future of the site.

In November 2010, The Northern Territory Government renewed its agreement with Vista Gold for the care and maintenance of the site, demonstrating both the Government’s and Vista Gold’s commitment to assessing the feasibility of developing the site.

The Northern Territory Minister for Natural Resources, Environment and Heritage, Karl Hampton MLA recently determined the requirement for an EIS under the Environmental Assessment Act.

The Draft EIS Guidelines will be available from Saturday, 27 August 2011 for public comment until Monday, 12 September 2011 from:


Members of the public wishing to gain more information on the site may contact Vista Gold through the Mt Todd project website at mttodd.com.au

“We are working closely with authorities and are committed to managing this site in an environmentally sound manner,” Mr Earnest said.


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Mission Australia Employer Awards recognise commitment to local job seekers

Employers in the Palmerston and Casuarina areas are being encouraged to enter Mission Australia Employment Solutions’ inaugural Employer Awards aimed at recognising businesses for their contribution to transforming lives by giving someone a job.

The awards are open to all local employers using Mission Australia Employment Solutions services and who have placed a Mission Australia job seeker in the last 12 months.

Mission Australia Employment Solutions has sites in Palmerston and Casuarina.

The Palmerston and Casuarina area winners will be announced in October and will qualify for the national award to be announced in November. The national winner will be recognised at a gala dinner and will receive a $5000 prize to be used for business development.

Mission Australia Employment Solutions’ spokesperson, Janine Ashmore, said the awards were about recognising businesses that had helped local job seekers overcome unemployment by giving them a start on the path to a permanent career.

“Any employer who gives an unemployed person a chance – particularly someone who’s been out of work for a while – deserves an award,” said Ms Ashmore.

“But some employers have really gone to amazing lengths to give our job seekers a start and we want to recognise those efforts through our 2011 Employer Awards.

“The more significant a contribution to tackling unemployment – the stronger the commitment to helping a job seeker or job seekers turn their lives around – the better chance an employer has of taking away the local prize and going through to the national finals.

“We live in uncertain economic times. The costs of doing business seem to be spiralling upwards. Demonstrating the ability to think long-term and employ local job seekers in order to grow your business and support the community – despite the challenges – takes a lot of commitment. We want to recognise those efforts through our award,” said Ms Ashmore.

To enter the awards, businesses must have used the services of Mission Australia Employment Solutions and placed a Mission Australia job seeker in a position in the last 12 months.

Employers can nominate themselves or be entered by a third party. Applications for the awards can either be obtained from a local Mission Australia Employment Solutions office or via: http://www.employmentsolutions.com.au/. Nominations close Friday, 30 September.

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