Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Beating Rent Trap; New Scheme Will Help Apprentices Stay in Town

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Beating Rent Trap; New Scheme Will Help Apprentices Stay in Town

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Byline: Lisa Griffin

GLADSTONE'S apprentices and trainees will be able to access up to $80 a week in rent assistance under a $1.2 million housing strategy announced yesterday.

Brokered between Gladstone Regional Council and the Queensland Curtis LNG project, the scheme will offer full-time apprentices and trainees under the age of 25 financial help to pay their rent.

QGC's general manager construction, Joe Dougherty, who recently moved to Gladstone himself to lead their LNG project, said the scheme would help retain workers who might otherwise leave.

C[pounds sterling]I'm not quite sure what the milestone was in 2002 Co maybe it was the Boyne Smelter Co but a lot of people from Gladstone left the area. A lot of the young people left. This is a way to retain people in the area, to not have people leave on the scale that they did in 2002,C[yen] Mr Dougherty said.

C[pounds sterling]In the Gladstone region you have some 2000 apprenticeships and trainees. …

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