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Source: Government of Queensland Regions


Applications for the Volunteers and Events Training Program scholarships are open and available to people living in any of the 39 local government areas impacted by January’s monsoon.

The scholarships are jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the scholarships would let Northern Queenslanders get jobs in the tourism industry.

“This will help build on Queensland’s world-class tourism industry,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The scholarships are there to help the tourism industry recover after January’s Monsoon.

“Northern Queensland is full of hidden tourism gems – we need to put more of them on show.

“This will created long-term jobs and boost regional economies in flood-affected areas.”

Queensland Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said the scholarships were part of the $5 million Tourism Package being funded under the DRFA for the Monsoon Trough, and would give recipients a kick-start to study in areas like event management, hospitality, commercial cookery and business administration.

“The scholarships provided a fantastic opportunity for Queenslanders to study for one of five tourism-related Diplomas or a Certificate IV in commercial cookery,” she said.

“We’re giving Queenslanders from flood-affected communities an opportunity to gain a valuable qualification to build a career in the exciting tourism and hospitality industry.”

“This initiative is part of our commitment to supporting Queensland’s tourism industry in the North and North West, which has been doing it tough over the past 10 months.”

The scholarships are available to Australian citizens or permanent residents living in eligible local government areas.

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Media contacts:

Robert Herrick 0432 324 576 (Minister Littleproud)

Inga Williams 0439 949 719   (Minister Fentiman)