Coun­cil’s four trainees

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

With three trainees em­ployed since last year, it brings to four the num­ber of trainees cur­rently work­ing on projects.

And all four trainees, in coun­cil’s en­gi­neer­ing depart­ment, are pro­gress­ing well ac­cord­ing to coun­cil’s plan­ning man­ager Kate Lar­nach.

“It’s great for coun­cil to pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop the ca­reers of young peo­ple,” she told The Free Press.

Trainee en­gi­neer Jake Boyle be­gan his trainee­ship in civic de­sign/con­struc­tion in May 2106. “I’m pre­dom­i­nantly work­ing with coun­cil’s de­sign team but also in­cor­po­rat­ing other en­gi­neer­ing el­e­ments such as sur­vey­ing and project man­age­ment,” the 20-year-old said.

Chantel Wood­head, 21, is a trainee GIS of­fi­cer who started her trainee­ship in May 2017 and is study­ing a Bach­e­lor of En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence (Land­scap­ing Anal­y­sis and Man­age­ment).

“I be­gan the role digi­tis­ing roads, post amal­ga­ma­tion,” he said. “Spa­tial data has been the ba­sis for what I do, map­ping and com­pil­ing as­sets to cor­re­late with each other so the sys­tem runs smoothly for coun­cil.”

Me­gan Leahy is a trainee town plan­ner. The 22-year-old started with coun­cil in the ad­min­is­tra­tion depart­ment in May 2017 and be­gan her trainee­ship in Oc­to­ber 2017. Me­gan is study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Ur­ban and Re­gional Plan­ning.

“Key as­pects of my role in­clude work­ing along­side se­nior staff, as­sess­ing devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions and pro­cess­ing sub­di­vi­sion doc­u­men­ta­tion, field­ing cus­tomer calls con­cern­ing plan­ning and build­ing en­quiries, pro­cess­ing and stor­ing plan­ning and build­ing in­for­ma­tion as well as pre­par­ing fi­nal assess­ments and re­ports,” she said.

Ja­clyn Na­gle’s em­ploy­ment with coun­cil be­gan in 2014 in the ad­min­is­tra­tion depart­ment dur­ing which time she com­pleted a Diploma of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

In May 2017, Ja­clyn com­menced her trainee­ship as a build­ing sur­veyor, work­ing with ex­pe­ri­enced build­ing sur­vey­ors to as­sess devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions, con­struc­tion cer­tifi­cates and plumb­ing ap­pli­ca­tions, and re­view­ing plans to en­sure com­pli­ance with build­ing stan­dards and reg­u­la­tions.

She is study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Build­ing and Sur­vey­ing. “I am do­ing my ac­cred­i­ta­tion course this year which will give me the abil­ity to un­der­take in­spec­tions and to as­sess ap­pli­ca­tions my­self which I’m ex­cited about.”

If you are plan­ning to build a home, there’s ev­ery chance a Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil trainee will be in­volved with your devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion and build­ing per­mit.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil trainees, from left, Chantel Wood­head, Jake Boyle, Me­gan Leahy and Ja­clyn Na­gle.

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