- Dear Andrew,
We all need a bit of de‘stress'ing with news this past month that unemployment hit 12.5% in Cairns - well above the state & national averages. So congratulations to WorkLink who put on an inspirational lunch yesterday as part of ‘National Stress Less Day'. The guest speaker was Jonathon Welch, founder of the Choir of Hard Knocks, and one of the things he spoke about was the need for a bottom-up approach to community problem solving.
It is a theme I have been talking about with a number of people recently because tackling the unemployment problem in the region is going to require a lot of local leadership. Government at all levels needs to be a partner in the effort but it really is up to us locally to work together to support jobs in the short term, while we work to diversify the economy and reduce the ‘boom bust' cycle that we are experiencing.
The Australian Government is committed to partnering the region in this effort through our economic stimulus and by identifying Cairns as one of only 20 priority employment regions in the country.
Federal Employment Minister Mark Arbib, Parliamentary Secretary Jason Clare and Bill Kelty visited Cairns recently for a jobs forum and sat down with about 90 local business and community leaders as well as the new Local Employment Coordinator.
The community really needs to play the lead role in our recovery. Locally, there are businesses and community based organisations that are putting in the effort and making a difference. The Cairns Post is teaming up with Skill360 and TAFE to find work for young kids looking to get into an apprenticeship.
QITE and Centacare Employment have teamed up to run the $1 million "Let's look after our own back yard - Keep FNQ Working" jobs and training initiative, while Todd Hartley and the Choice Team are launching a Choice Water Week campaign, starting 2nd November.
These are some good examples of local leadership in these tough times. So if you can, I would encourage you to support these initiatives by visiting their websites and finding out more. If you have a great idea, I am keen to hear your views, so please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone 4051 2220.
I also want to take the opportunity to thank those members of the community who got behind my fundraising campaign recently. With the support of the Cairns Taipans, we were able to raise $2300 for the FNQ Hospital Foundation which will go towards a children's playground at the Cairns Base Hospital.
Federal Member for Leichhardt
...and here's Andrew's reply...
- Dear Jim.
You have made me realise what a pro-active and dynamic leader you are not. Unemployment goes down to 5.2% today and Cairns is 12.5%.
Is perhaps Tourism and Qantas a little more important than you realised. Have your wanktanks failed to get a grasp of what the real problem is.
Why would the Global Recession and Global Downturn impact Cairns specifically.
Come on Jim wake up.
Spend more time with the people who count than hosting your nights at the Taipans and endless Lunches that produce nothing but cholesterol.
It is no wonder more and more people are highly critical of you and why you get mentioned on the CairnsBlog so often. Log on and read it and feel ashamed.
Please continue to send me your Newsletter as it provides me with the combination of a good laugh and infuriates me at the same time.