Job seekers in south-west Sydney will benefit from a local jobs taskforce established to connect job seekers to local employment opportunities.

The Morrison government is investing $62.8 million in a Local Jobs Program to support the nation’s recovery and get more Australians back into work.

Federal MP for Hume Angus Taylor welcomed the announcement for Camden and Wollondilly job seekers with an employment facilitator engaged to connect job seekers with training, job opportunities or other support.

“The local knowledge of the Taskforce will play a critical role in connecting job seekers with local employment,” Mr Taylor said.

“Industry and small business rely on the local community to support them.

“We want to skill people as best we can to meet the needs of local employers and help them get back into the workforce sooner.”

The Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce for the south-west Sydney region will be chaired by an employment facilitator, selected by a tender process. Taskforces will be comprised of up to 10 members with representation from local stakeholders, higher education and training providers, employment service providers and local and state governments.

The Local Jobs Program will run until June 30, 2022. For details, visit

Federal Labor MP for Macarthur, Michael Freelander has been given the role as one of the House of Representative’s Assistant Deputy Speakers.

“In this role, I will assist the Speaker of the House of Representatives (and his deputies), taking the chair from time to time and presiding over the deliberations of the House,” Mr Freelander said.

“The role of speaker is an integral component of our democracy.

“The speaker must uphold order in the parliament and ensure that parliamentary rules and protocols are adhered to by all.

“I consider it a great privilege to have been appointed to the parliament’s Speaker’s Panel, and thank my colleagues from both sides for entrusting this great responsibility to me.”

Mr Freelander will continue with electoral duties; he is also the Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee into Health, Aged Care and Sport.

A fire is being contained in the upper floor of the Ray White Real Estate office on Argyle Street, Camden.

The fire broke out into the upper floor of the local real estate agent at around 5pm this afternoon (August 30) and travelled to the back of the building and to the ground floor igniting gas bottles out the back.

Aaron Scott a passer-by with the help of Plough and Harrow Inn proprietor Russell Lowe attempted to put out the fire by using a fire hose from the inn.

After Mr Scott first noticed the flames, he ran to the front of the building and saw there were two people from Ray White inside trying to put out the flames with fire extinguishers.

The staff members managed to leave building and move their cars from the back for the building before the fire took off.

Russell Lowe’s premises is just a few door away from the real estate office; he and Mr Scott tried to hose the adjacent shop (Looking Class) but when gas bottles started igniting and flames appeared, the two men stepped back.

A number of fire brigade units arrived. The fire is yet to be extinguished with firies watering the front and back of the shop as well as adjacent buildings.

There has been no report of injuries.

A fire broke at Ray White Real Estate, Argyle Street Camden. ( Photo Aaron Scott)

NSW Fire and Rescue hosing down the front of the real estate office at Camden.

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