Re­port re­flects re­gional op­por­tu­ni­ties

Dubbo Photo News - - Dubbo Works - BY NATALIE HOLMES

IT’S the per­fect time to show­case the op­por­tu­ni­ties that abound in re­gional ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal pro­fes­sion­als work­ing across ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment sec­tors of the com­mu­nity.

Com­ments made fol­low­ing the re­lease of the Re­gional Australia In­sti­tute’s Fu­ture of Re­gional Jobs re­port re­flect the po­ten­tial of ar­eas out­side of met­ro­pol­i­tan cen­tres.

Charles Sturt Univer­sity’s Re­gional Ad­viser for Strate­gic De­vel­op­ment Fiona Nash said the re­port showed the gen­uine, ev­i­dence-based growth op­por­tu­ni­ties Australia’s re­gions have to of­fer.

“If ever there was a per­fect time for the re­gions to pro­mote the life­style and op­por­tu­ni­ties you can achieve out­side of cap­i­tal cities, the Fu­ture of Re­gional Jobs re­port shows us that time is now.

“The re­gions have the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate value for lo­cals and for the peo­ple who want to move here,” Ms Nash said.

“There are jobs here, there are en­tre­pre­neur­ial op­por­tu­ni­ties and world­class ed­u­ca­tion and re­search op­por­tu­ni­ties right here.”

CSU Vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor An­drew Vann said the re­port high­lights a roadmap for busi­nesses, plan­ners and pol­icy mak­ers.

“It’s clear from the Fu­ture of Re­gional Jobs re­port that op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­ist in the re­gions and fur­ther, can be grown sig­nif­i­cantly by an­tic­i­pat­ing the skills we will need in the fu­ture and keep­ing pace with tech­nol­ogy and in­fra­struc­ture needs,” Pro­fes­sor Vann said.

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Australia Orana’s Di­rec­tor of Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Me­gan Dixon agreed that the re­port is a step in the right di­rec­tion to show city dwellers that the same ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able in re­gional Australia.

“The Orana re­gion is cur­rently fac­ing a ma­jor skills short­age with a record low un­em­ploy­ment rate of 2.8 per cent,” Mrs Dixon said, ex­plain­ing that there are more than 5000 jobs be­ing cre­ated by a $7.9 bil­lion pro­ject pipe­line in the Orana re­gion.

“Work­force de­vel­op­ment is a key pil­lar of RDA Orana and we have been work­ing on a num­ber of ini­tia­tives to tackle our work­force short­age over the past year, in­clud­ing our Des­ig­nated Area Mi­gra­tion Agree­ment (DAMA) signed in early April, host­ing our in­au­gu­ral In­land Growth Sum­mit in Jan­uary this year and our Re­cruit­ment Master­class in March.

“Now more than ever we need to be chang­ing the nar­ra­tive of re­gional Australia and the out­stand­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able here.”

The re­port showed there are 42,000 jobs avail­able out­side Australia’s cap­i­tal cities.

CSU’S Fiona Nash be­lieves now is the per­fect time for the re­gions to pro­mote to work­ers the life­style and op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able out­side of cap­i­tal cities. PHOTO: CSU

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