Maitland Gaol supports Work for the Dole program
Two new projects under the Government’s recently instigated Jobactive initiative’s program of Work for the Dole have commenced at Maitland Gaol, improving the visitor experience and assisting the ongoing maintenance of this historic facility.
Work for the Dole projects have been run at Maitland Gaol since 2007, and have included works associated with grounds maintenance, building and infrastructure maintenance and restoration, painting, garden establishment and maintenance, cleaning and event setup. Several hundred local people have seen a different side of the Gaol while undertaking their respective tasks associated with the Work for the Dole activities.
In early July 2015, the first round of projects under Jobactive commenced.
The initial project has a focus on redevelopment of the kitchen garden with ongoing garden and other site maintenance work. This project will re-establish the kitchen garden which operated around the building from the 1970s and will be the catalyst for a series of ongoing initiatives in future months including an exhibition on gaol food and production, Christmas school holidays kids cooking activities and the development of a range of food related Gaol products. Not to mention the use of the produce for community related initiatives.
A second project in collaboration with Novaskill and Workskil Australia commenced later in July and includes a number of safety, maintenance and restoration activities such as urgently needed paving repairs, construction of visitor seating and development of storage facilities for the Gaol’s artefact collection.
These projects which will run for six months, will assist over 30 local unemployed people undertake their community obligations and obtain the work like experiences for learning new skills and improving their chances of finding a job.