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Information evening for Tongan employment delegation

August 14, 2023

Gunnedah Shire Council will hold a presentation at the Gunnedah and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s August networking event for employers interested in joining an Employment Expo in Kolomotu’a in the Kingdom of Tonga.

The presentation will be held on Thursday, August 17, and will outline the next steps to joining the Gunnedah delegation planned for October, 2023.

Gunnedah Mayor Jamie Chaffey said the presentation was an excellent opportunity to learn about progressing the benefits of employment with Gunnedah’s Sister City of Kolomotu’a.

“We have a strong partnership with our friends in Kolomotu’a, and are looking at very practical ways we can realise mutual benefits, particularly in the areas of employment, arts and culture, sports and education,” Cr Chaffey said.

“A Gunnedah Shire delegation to Tonga in October will hold an Employment Expo that will be targeted at creating realistic employment outcomes for both Tongan people and Gunnedah employers. To this end, we are inviting employers with a genuine need and intent to employ people from Kolomotu’a to join us for this expo.

“We are hoping the delegation will include a diverse representation of businesses and industries.

“This presentation in conjunction with the Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce will give businesses a very clear idea of what the delegation will involve, including potential costs, timing and opportunities.”

Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce president Ben Hennessy said the Employment Expo could further significant opportunities for Gunnedah Shire businesses.

“The Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with Gunnedah Shire Council in this event to make sure businesses have all the information they need to take part in this exciting delegation,” Mr Hennessy said.

“Our region has some amazing and rapidly growing businesses and industries, and the partnership with Kolomotu’a could offer a solution to an identified employment problem. We hope to see a strong and diverse group of employers join the Employment Expo in Tonga in October.”

The Tongan Employment Expo presentation will be part of the Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce’s monthly networking event and will be held at:
• 5.30pm, Thursday, 17 August
• Rettie & Vickery, 101 Marquis Street, Gunnedah

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Caption: Members of the 2022 delegation to Kolomotu’a visit the Fokololo ‘a e Hau Institute in the Kingdom of Tonga.


For more information, contact Gunnedah Shire Council’s Communications team on (02) 6740 2100.