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FORMER Elizabeth West prima-
ry and high school student Profes-
sor Brenda Wilson, has gone on to
become the first female Lieuten-
ant-Governor of South Australia.
Professor Wilson told The Bunyip
that it was a "wonderful honour"
to be considered for the position.
Earlier this year, South Australian
Premier Jay Weatherill called her into
his office for a meeting, an encounter
she had not prepared for, and asked
if she would like to be the next Lieu-
tenant-Governor of the state.
"I was absolutely overwhelmed
and humbled by the suggestion to be
the Lieutenant-Governor of South
Australia," she said.
"There is no real eligibility criteria
thatIam aware of;itis notajobthat
you apply for, it is something that
you are approached to do."
Professor Wilson's new role is
second to the Governor-General,
making her responsible as Governor
whenever His Excellency is interstate,
on holidays or unavailable.
After being sworn into the role on
August 15, Professor Wilson had her
first event as Governor when former
Governor-General Kevin Scarce, also
formerly of Elizabeth, retired on Au-
She sustained that role until Hieu
Van Le was sworn in on September 1.
Professor Wilson attributes her 11-
year involvement as Cancer Council
chief to her earning the role.
She said the Cancer Council of
South Australia has worked with
both sides of government to achieve
healthy living outcomes, such as
smoke-free alfresco dining and plain
packaging on cigarettes.
So far, Professor Wilson said the
role has been very exciting and a
BOYSTOWN is constructing
paid-work opportunities for
disadvantaged youths in the
northern suburbs through a new
initiative in Playford.
The organisation, which is
dedicated to improving the qual-
ity of life of those marginalised
in society, is offering long-term
unemployed job seekers the op-
portunity to build and sell houses
at Renewal SA's Playford Alive de-
velopment while simultaneously
providing on-the-job training.
BoysTown chief executive Tracy
Adams visited the first build site in
Munno Para on Monday with
BoysTown Ambassador David
Field to check on its progress.
"The slab was laid last month
and already the walls are up and
roof is on (so) it is clear that those
involved are relishing the opportu-
nity to learn new skills," Ms Adams
"There are as many as five young
people at any one time working
alongside qualified trainers and they
will rotate through a variety of jobs
from carpentry to landscaping.
"This social enterprise program,
like our other youth support pro-
grams, will place a strong emphasis
on employability and life skills de-
velopment as well as providing sup-
port to find ongoing employment
when the project is completed."
The project has already facilitated
the acquisition of paid employment
for two young men.
BoysTown client Ben Lyas joined
the project five months ago and was
offered paid employment after only
four months of engaging in the
"Being dyslexic, I was having
trouble measuring things but I
eventually got the hang of it and
learnt heaps of things," he said.
"For the new job, I am doing
a lot of pipe-laying so the skills I
learnt through BoysTown come
into it quite a bit.
"We were offered wide-ranging
skills from painting to general con-
struction and maintenance...it is a
good working environment and the
trainers are really good."
According to Mr Lyas, who was
previously unemployed for a year,
BoysTown helped him want to get
back into the workforce by pushing
him to look for further jobs.
Ms Adams said this is one of
the organisation's most successful
strategies for helping disadvantaged
young people secure a job.
"While the young people we help
increase their skill levels and work
readiness, of equal importance is
that they also improve their self-
confidence and self-esteem and we
give them hope for the future."
Brenda's wonderful honour
BoysTown builds employment
A FEDERAL Government
report on the outcomes of
place-based income manage-
ment confirms that the money-
management scheme is not
achieving positive results.
The scheme, which was in-
troduced in 2012 by the Gillard
Government, governs a client's
spending by issuing them a Ba-
sicsCard to ensure their income is
spent on household essentials and
Stop Income Management in
Playford spokesperson Pas For-
gione said the Abbott Govern-
ment's report shows no evidence of
skills, better health outcomes, or
reduced alcohol and tobacco con-
sumption as a result of income
"This report confirms what crit-
ics of income management have
argued for years," he said.
"For the vast majority of in-
come management clients who
are forced on the program, the ex-
perience can be embarrassing and
humiliating, with little to no im-
provement in quality of life.
"There is not the only risk of
negative impacts, but roughly half
of those forced on income man-
agement felt judged or shame, ac-
cording to the report."
However, the report does sug-
gest those who volunteered to be
income-managed did derive ben-
"Interestingly, the evaluation
suggests those who volunteered
often were more financially and
personally vulnerable than those
forced on the scheme," Mr For-
"This reflects the fact that in
Playford and other sites, most of
those forced on income manage-
ment are subject to the scheme
simply because of automatic youth
triggers, where they are eligible
solely because of their age and
payment type, not because they
are necessarily 'at-risk'.
"In Playford, income manage-
ment is largely operating as a blan-
ket measure, with large numbers
of young people having control
of their funds restricted, despite
no history of mismanaging their
payments or personal crisis," Mr
The people who are automati-
cally income-managed are those
who receive the Unreasonable To
Live At Home rate of Youth Al-
lowance and are aged 16 to 21,
yet many of these people study or
work part time.
According to Mr Forgione, this
evaluation makes the case for ex-
panding income management
weak and the program should,
in fact, be scrapped and replaced
with a voluntary system, with
funds being redirected to commu-
nity services that build financial
and personal capacity rather than
punishing those needing extra
"For SA Premier Jay Weatherill,
this report is another reminder
that his endorsement of the rec-
ommendations of Andrew For-
rest's Indigenous Employment and
Training Review, which includes
expanding income management
to all working-age Centrelink cli-
ents, is misguided, and flies in the
face of the research about which
programs achieve positive results,"
Mr Forgione said.
-- Kimberley Pratt
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Jobs generation award
THE Works Program, which
operates at Playford Alive, re-
cently received the Jobs Gen-
eration Award at the National
Growth Areas Alliance Awards
Competing against 18 other
high-quality programs in Australia,
the Works Program was awarded
for its contribution to improving
the area's quality of life through
employment opportunities and
Renewal SA's chief John Han-
lon said the program has helped
people overcome a wide variety of
barriers to employment, while also
generating wider benefits, such as
a sense of financial security, confi-
dence and self-worth.
"Since the scheme began at
Playford Alive in 2008, more than
1900 people have taken part in
the training and employment pro-
grams and more than 500 of these
people have gained paid employ-
ment," Mr Hanlon said.
BoysTown's new project is building
employment opportunities for
unemployed youths in the north.
INSET: Boystown chief executive Tracy
Adams and ambassador actor David Field,
pictured at another site visit, recently
visited the organisation's site at Playford
Brenda Wilson, pictured with partner Dr Kym Bannister, is South
Australia's rst female Lieutenant-Governor.
PROFESSOR BRENDA WILSON
I was absolutely
overwhelmed and humbled
by the suggestion to be the
South Australia. There is
no real eligibility criteria
that I am aware of; it is not
a job that you apply for, it
is something that you are
approached to do.
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