Nine new projects to support workers

Package. Funds have been announced to assist Murray Goulburn workers affected by the impending closure of the Edith Creek facility through a variety of projects.

The Circular Head Regional Economic Working Group met in Smithton on Friday to announce the nine projects that are expected to help create jobs and re-training opportunities.

This represents more than $656,810 from the $1.5 million stimulus package announced by the state government in May.

Recommended by the Circular Head Regional Economic Development Working Group, the nine projects are:

• Circular Head Competitive SME Program, $100,000: To increase the profitability and competitiveness of small businesses in the region by developing a network of small businesses.

• Circular Head Digital Ready Program, $30,000: To improve Tasmanian small business operators’ participation in the digital economy by providing targeted knowledge, skills and advice through mechanisms including business seminars, an online delivery tool and appropriate coaching.

• Circular Head Contractors Program, $31,810: A combination of workshops and one-on-one assistance will be delivered to interested Edith Creek contractors, retailers and other businesses impacted by the loss of this significant customer.

• Circular Head New Markets Access Program, $200,000: To support enterprises in the Circular Head region to explore and seek new opportunities and markets, both interstate and internationally.

• Getting into Export workshops, $20,000: Workshops to provide businesses information on becoming export ready and accessing new markets.

• Circular Head Tourism Industry Development Program, $100,000: Increase the capability and capacity of tourism operators in the Circular Head community to encourage growth and resilience.

• Rural Alive and Well Assistance Program, $30,000: RAW operates across rural Tasmania providing support to individuals, families and communities, funding will enable RAW to provide ongoing support.

• Circular Head Business Expo and Jobs Fair, $10,000: This co-funded initiative between the federal and state governments will deliver a tailored response on future employment and careers options in the region.

• Circular Head Program and service delivery and administration, $150,000: Secondment of dedicated project manager from Department of State Growth’s north west office to oversee delivery and administration of funding programs.

These programs are complemented by another five programs, with funding support from the Department of State Growth and the University of Tasmania.

“Our key focus is about jobs and opportunities for this region,” said the group’s chair and Liberal Member for Braddon Joan Rylah.

“We are approving a diverse range of programs to capture all the different needs that this community is expressing.”

The remaining $843,190 will be allocated to other local projects following further recommendations by the working group.

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