The Narromine Shire council has begun the first stage of a collaborative project which aims to increase industry growth within regional areas.
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The 'Industry, Skills and Opportunities' paper, delivered by Western Research Institute which details proposed capital works projects and the skills required in the Narromine, Dubbo Regional and Gilgandra councils was launched last Thursday.
The collaborative project involving the Narromine Shire, Dubbo Regional and Gilgandra councils is the first step in determining opportunities for businesses in the region to expand.
The paper identifies potential skill and employment gaps and highlights peak project periods for heavy industry such as rail, construction and manufacturing.
Narromine Shire mayor Craig Davies said the collaborative approach of the councils is a "terrific" way to take advantage of unprecedented capital growth currently happening in our local government areas.
"This is a great program in that it identifies those skills areas lacking within our region," he said.
"With projects such as the Inland Rail quickly coming upon us and over $6 billion worth of infrastructure to be built in the next five years in the three LGAs it's obvious we need to have more trained staff in these areas."
Some key skills identified for development in the region include, plant operators, truck drivers, electricians, diesel mechanics, metal fabricators and engineers.
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.
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