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Tourist parks get student lift

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Students from Corrimal, Keira High Schools and the Smith Street Unit smile after completing the Workers Of Wollongong program November 2017.

OVER the past month, 12 students with disability have been working at the Bulli and Corrimal Tourist Parks gaining invaluable work experience, preparing them for the work force.

The Wollongong City Council owned parks have hosted 12 students from Corrimal High School, Keira High School and The Smith St Unit. The Year 9 students were part of the Workers of Wollongong program, which provides work experience for students with disability in different work settings.

Acting Lord Mayor Cr David Brown said the program offers invaluable experience in a variety of work.

“Council’s tourist parks were able to offer a broad range of experiences that will help students further their abilities for work after high school,” Cr Brown said.

During the program students were supervised by both Tourist Park and Department of Education staff to undertake a range of work activities including gardening, washing down of on-site cabins, deep cleaning of barbeques and camp kitchen, restocking of linen in the commercial laundry and consumables in cleaning trollies.

Cr Brown said the students build confidence and self-esteem to attempt new tasks while working in a positive supportive environment. He said they develop a deeper understanding of Workplace Health and Safety and Protective Equipment on a work site and the importance of working effectively as part of a team.

In previous programs students have completed work experience at Fire and Rescue NSW, the RSPCA, Woonona Bulli RSL, Illawarra Yacht Club, Wollongong Golf Club, and Woolworths.

For further information contact Council’s Customer Service Team on (02) 4227 7111.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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