06/19/2012 11:31 EDT | Updated 08/19/2012 05:12 EDT

Career counselling, job training offered to workers from Bowater mill

HALIFAX - A team of career counsellors and specialists in job training are being made available to help workers affected by the shutdown of a Bowater paper mill in Nova Scotia.

The provincial government says the team will work with people on career options and services, skills assessments and training in Queens County.

Meanwhile, community leaders on Nova Scotia's south shore are trying to rally after the region was dealt a blow with the closure of the paper mill last week by Resolute Forest Products.

The announcement threw 320 workers out of a job, but since December about 430 direct jobs have been eliminated at the operation due to the decline of the pulp and paper mill in Brooklyn.

Mayor Don Downe of the District of Lunenburg says the challenge now is to save hundreds of other jobs in the sawmill, trucking and transport sector.

He says all municipalities in the area need to work together to find some solutions to create jobs.

(The Canadian Press, CKBW)