City of Stirling committs $76,000 to combat unemployment in Balga, Mirrabooka and Nollamara

City of Stirling committs $76,000 to combat unemployment in Balga, Mirrabooka and Nollamara

THE City of Stirling will commit up to $76,000 to combat high unemployment rates in Balga, Mirrabooka and Nollamara.

The WA and Australian unemployment rate sits at 5.9 per cent while the Balga and Mirrabooka area is nearly 25 per cent.

The City plans to lobby the State and Federal Governments, launch a research project into the barriers to meaningful employment and allocate funding supporting the research project subject to a successful Lotterywest grant application.

Councillor David Boothman said the unemployment rates could lead to other issues.

“If this 25 per cent unemployment rate is left to fester it could lead to other issues such as higher crime rates,” he said.

“This will also prompt the City to take on more trainees, at the moment we only have five; four in parks, one in the engineering department and one apprentice in fleet and waste services.

“If we do more to employ young people the benefits will be City wide.”

Cr Boothman said part of the issue was access to business centres such as the CBD and Osborne Park was difficult from the suburbs, especially for those without their own transport.

Cr Elizabeth Re said she had concerns the report would not address issues in the City as a whole and areas such as Balcatta and Innaloo were left out.

Cr Keith Sargent said the plan would get to the heart of the barriers to meaningful employment.

“If you compare other suburbs in the City the 25 per cent in Balga is just not quite right,” he said.

“Karrinyup has 2.6 per cent, Innaloo has 5 per cent and Scarborough is at 3.5 per cent.

“Who better than council to put this together; we work closer with people in our communities and we can cross those boundaries to bring the unemployment rate down.”

Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman welcomed the plan and said she had offered to support the Lotterywest grant application.

“It should be noted that the local government has had to fill the void left by State Government neglect,” she said.

“Given the high youth unemployment in the area an increase in the number of traineeships and/or apprenticeships offered by COS is needed.

“It is also important that City of Stirling reflect the diversity of their residents in their employment make up.”

Unemployment per cent rates by suburb as of June 2016

Wembley Downs – Churchlands – Woodlands – 2.1

Karrinyup – Gwelup – Carine – 2.6

Scarborough – 3.6

Trigg – North Beach – Watermans Bay – 4.1

Stirling – Osborne Park – 4.7

Dianella – 5.3

Innaloo – Doubleview – 5.3

Yokine – Coolbinia – Menora – 5.4

Balcatta- Hamersley – 6.2

Tuart Hill – Joondanna – 6.3

Nollamara – Westminster – 12.8

Balga – Mirrabooka – 24.3