Funding cuts an alarming prospect

THE possibility funding for the Aboriginal Employment Strategy might be cut is an alarming prospect in view of the achievements this organisation has been able to rack up since its beginnings about a decade or so ago in Moree.

Aboriginal Australians statistically experience higher levels of unemployment, some of which can be attributed to their lower educational outcomes.

This level of opportunity is even greater in remote or rural communities.

The AES has been described as a vital tool in promoting better opportunities and employment for Aboriginal people - certainly it has many runs on the board linking students in regional centres to vocational programs with banks like the ANZ for example.

We understand the federal government's finances aren't the picture of harmony it would like to present and there is a need to cost cut.

But a program that has been a successful contributor like the AES should be carefully evaluated.

Yesterday 14 or so of Dubbo's volunteers were recognised with honours from the Dubbo City Council.

The presentation of the awards falls on the city's birthday - yesterday it was the 163rd of these events.

The petitioning of the government of the day for the village to become a municipality set of a chain of events that will see this city to continue to grow and prosper as the gateway to the west [and the rest] of the country.

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