The Industry, Skills and Opportunities Paper formally launched

The first stage of a strong collaborative project between Dubbo Regional, Gilgandra and Narromine Council’s supported by NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) has been launched today (Thursday 18 July) detailing proposed capital works projects and the skills required within the region to deliver them effectively. 


Dubbo Regional Council Mayor, Councillor Ben Shields said the collaborative approach will aid industry growth within the regional areas and thanked DPC for their support in the delivery of this initial research paper.


“The Industry, Skills and Opportunities Paper, which has been delivered by Western Research Institute, is the first step in determining opportunities for businesses to expand,” said Clr Shields. “The paper identifies potential skill and employment gaps and highlights peak project periods for heavy industry such as rail, construction and manufacturing.”


“The collaborative and proactive approach of the Councils involved shows the ongoing commitment to businesses and our communities to take advantage of unprecedented capital growth currently happening in our Local Government Areas,” said Clr Shields.


The Economic Development teams from Narromine and Gilgandra along with the support of DPC have been instrumental in developing projections for skills gaps and training opportunities that feature in the paper. The paper also identified some positive ways forward for regions and regional NSW in general to best take advantage of the boom in industry with a focus on population growth, workforce training and business development.


“Some key skills identified for development in the region include, plant operators, truck drivers, electricians, diesel mechanics, metal fabricators and engineers,” said Clr Shields. “The report provides a number of recommendations which have been informed by comprehensive on the ground assessment of capital projects and business capacity across the LGA’s of Dubbo, Narromine and Gilgandra, as well as a series of recommendations for the Councils’ to deliver.”


Dubbo Regional Council has committed to the outcomes of this paper including development of workforce and businesses through facilitated training and development. The focus of attracting skilled workers will be done through partnerships and increased marketing activities in identified areas with Council continuing to work closely with stakeholders to secure the best skills outcomes for Dubbo and region. 


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Supplied photo features (from left to right) | Craig Davies, Mayor of Narromine, Doug Batten, Mayor of Gilgandra, Acting NSW Premier, The Honourable John Barilaro MP, Dugald Saunders MP, Ben Shields, Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Greg Mohr

Last Edited: 18 Jul 2019

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