Targeting Moree and Mungindi’s business skills gaps

MOREE Plains Shire Council and Moree Chamber of Commerce late last year released the results of the Moree and Mungindi Business Confidence Survey and will now host information sessions to prioritise the key skills needed for local businesses.

The Moree information evening will begin at 6pm on Wednesday, February 8 at the Moree Plains Shire Council committee room in the Max Centre.

The Mungindi information session will begin with a 7am coffee for 7.30am start on Thursday, February 9 at Mungindi Town Hall.2017-02-08 Business Information Moree

Council’s economic and community development manager Mark Connolly explained that Council had also received two grants that will be used to get an accurate profile and picture of the labour market, and where the jobs gaps are in the shire as well as the skills assistance needed to fill those.

“We encourage all business owners in Moree Plains – from large enterprises to owner-operators, bricks and mortar to online retailers, those in the CBD or rural enterprises to come along to the information evening or provide comments via the online feedback link,” Mr Connolly said.

Moree Chamber of Commerce president David MacLellan said: “We are looking forward to engaging with a wide range of businesses through these two projects and we encourage people to provide feedback in order to maximise the value for all involved.”

Mungindi Progress Association president Anna Harrison is excited about the information sessions.2017-02-08 Business Information Mungindi

“The sessions give people the opportunity to put forward suggestions and raise concerns, and also prioritise the skills most needed by local businesses,” Ms Harrison said.

Mr Connolly explained that the suggestions from the information sessions and the responses from the online feedback will be collated and utilised to develop a series of workshops that will help grow local business skills and attract and retain skilled staff.

“We are also very lucky to have a great many people in the community who already have highly developed skills in various aspects of business – and if this is you or you can recommend someone, please let us know as we would also like to share knowledge and experience at a future business workshop,” Mr Connolly said.

The online link is which closes February 10.

Media Release: January 25, 2017