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Work for the Dole participants Peter Starling, Kevin Hickey and (right) supervisor Terry Douglas presented Carisbrook Lions Club president Jefferson Hoober with the carnival game they spent six months building last Thursday.

There’s been no clowning around from Maryborough’s Work for the Dole program participants over the past six months, with everyone working hard on some unique projects.

Around 25 participants came together to construct a laughing clowns carnival game completely by hand, as well as a handmade bowling set, which last week were donated to two lucky community organisations.

Work for the Dole is a work experience program designed to help job seekers gain new skills while they look for work and is hosted in Maryborough by Envision — an organisation which facilitates the integration of significantly disadvantaged job seekers into the working community.

Supervisor Terry Douglas, who oversaw the Work for the Dole projects, said it was a “privilege” to create them.

“The result is fantastic, it turned out better than we expected,” he said.

“It’s a pretty remarkable feat for people who don’t have many skills in that area. It’s quite a privilege and it’s been a learning curve for everyone.

“We also had WDEA Works provide financial support for the projects which was great.”

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