Regional Development Australia's (RDA) Mid North Coast (MNC) and Hunter charters will work together in the coming months to host several events in the MidCoast Council local government area.
The charters will host the Mid North Coast local employment facilitator Janine Culnane at a variety of events. The first event, to be held in Taree in June, will focus on business managers.
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RDA MNC chief executive Kerry Grace said "collaborating with RDA Hunter is an important part of delivering our charter to the Mid North Coast."
"By working together, we can achieve more for the region and make sure that the intel that is gathered is delivered to where it can be of the most benefit," Kerry said.
The RDA partnership brings the dual benefits of local knowledge and a national network, according to RDA Hunter chief executive Trevor John.
"Our shared aim is to support economic development in the Mid North Coast and Hunter regions," Trevor said.
Recent projects, such as the Local Jobs Program, were created to help solve employment issues caused by COVID-19 which created an unprecedented impact on the Australian labour market.
Key to the program is local employment facilitators who are engaging with employers and other stakeholders to develop employment solutions at a local level.
Facilitators also work directly with employment services providers and training providers to develop short courses for job seekers in the region to move into the jobs identified in growth industries.
Before the merger of Greater Taree City, Great Lakes and Gloucester Shire councils in 2016, the Taree area was included in the Mid North Coast charter while all towns to the south were added to the Hunter charter.
Both RDA charters are important sources of information to the communities, especially in emergency events to promote recovery support and programs for businesses.
Staff gather information on issues relevant to the region and share it with the federal government to aid their understanding of what's needed on the ground.