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June Council Meeting briefs

23 June, 2020

Gunnedah focuses on building skills for the future

Gunnedah Shire Council has drafted the Gunnedah Shire Workforce Plan (2020-24) to help ensure a skilled workforce and local educational opportusnities into the future.

The Gunnedah Shire Workforce Plan has been developed in conjunction with workforce and education stakeholders to pinpoint the areas where there are labour shortages and find solutions.

The plan is now on public exhibition. Click here to take a look.

A report to Council this week stated Gunnedah Shire, like many places in regional Australia, was facing a skilled labour shortage.

The plan sets objectives to ensure Gunnedah Shire has high quality local skills that are accessible and responsive to the needs of employers and employees. It aims to assist in diversifying the economy by providing training opportunities to diversify the skill set of residents.

The plan recognises the critical role employment plays in growth and productivity of the Shire.


Council applies for funds for new Orange Grove Road Bridge

Gunnedah Shire Council is applying for funding through the federal government’s Bridges Renewal Program to replace the Shire’s last remaining timber bridge – the Orange Grove Road Bridge.

Council voted this week to seek 50 per cent of the estimated $1.25 million to replace the bridge that was originally built in 1929. The remaining 50 per cent would be met by Council.

A 20-tonne load limit of was recently placed on the bridge which is about 30km along Orange Grove Road from the Kelvin Road turn-off.

A report to Council noted a structural inspection had found the bridge was in poor condition due to its age, but remained safe for lighter vehicles.


Media contact: Eliza Gallen (02) 6740 2100.