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RDA Orana encouraged by report into remote and rural education

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana has renewed hope that country students will have better access to educational opportunities in the future, following the release of an extensive independent review into regional, rural and remote education. The report by Emeritus Professor John Halsey from Flinders University was released to the public last month and includes 11 recommendations aimed at improving the…

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Summit aims to equip employers to build regional workforce

One of Australia’s leading demographers and social commentators will join the nation’s most influential recruitment expert at a summit in Dubbo this month aimed at supporting the region’s employers and building their skills in attracting and retaining staff. Bernard Salt of The Demographics Group will be keynote speaker at the Orana @ Work Employer Summit hosted by Regional Development Australia…

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Recognition for Alkane Resources

A company with mining interests in the Orana area has been named as the Mining Operation of the Year at the New South Wales Minerals Council Suppliers Awards. Alkane Resources Limited was recognised for its fleet improvement, contribution to local works and upskilling of the workforce. Alkane operates the Tomingley Gold Operations which opened in 2014, and the Dubbo Zirconia…

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Bangamalanha Conference 2018

Individuals and organisations are invited to become involved with the upcoming Bangamalanha Conference presented by TAFE NSW. Join a host of other organisations, businesses, practitioners, communities, industry and service providers committed to improving outcomes and increasing inclusive practices to make a positive difference in post-school Aboriginal education, training and employment. Participants will be able to gain an overview of federal,…

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Opportunities abound for indigenous jobseekers

Fletcher International Exports is already putting the Tailored Assistance Employment Grants program to work, adding young Aboriginal employees from Walgett to its workforce. The meat processing plant has taken advantage of the Federal Government scheme which aims to provide training and employment opportunities in the industry for 200 indigenous youth. With expansion of the meat processing sector, there is now…

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Support for Qantas Academy bid

RDA Orana is keen to work with Dubbo Regional Council to bid for a Qantas Group Pilot Academy. The proposed $20M facility would have the capacity to train 500 pilots a year, to help meet the increasing need for skilled aviators in one of the fastest growing global industries. The facility is expected to open its doors to students during…

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Economy stays strong

With unemployment figures down by 2.4 per cent in the Federal electorate of Parkes in the past 12 months, its a good sign that the economy is going from strength to strength. According to statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, job vacancies increased by 4.1 per cent in the last quarter of 2017, marking more than four years…

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Support builds for a regional pilot academy

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana chairman John Walkom has added his full support to Dubbo’s potential bid for a Qantas pilot academy for the region. “RDA Orana is keen to work with Dubbo Regional Council to bid for a training centre at the regional airport,” he said. The proposed $20M facility would have the capacity to train 500 pilots a…

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Economy goes from strength to strength

With unemployment figures down by 2.4 per cent in the Federal electorate of Parkes in the past 12 months, its a good sign that the economy is going from strength to strength. Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana executive officer Megan Dixon said that job vacancies had increased by 4.1 per cent in the last quarter of 2017, marking more than…