The Queensland state government has decided the Gold Coast will be the next receiver of its dedicated Regional Jobs Committee.
The Gold Coast Regional Jobs Committee brings the total number to eight across the state. Committees have already been established in Townsville, Mackay, Fraser Coast, Springfield, Redlands and Toowoomba over the last two years, with a further announced for Bundaberg just last week.
The committee will focus on creating jobs, improving training opportunities and driving economic activity and forms part of the government’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.
“The Palaszczuk government knows that the employment and training needs on the Gold Coast are different to those in Townsville or Toowoomba,” said Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer.
“That’s why we developed Regional Jobs Committees, so those with the local expertise can engage with government and other stakeholders to make plans that work for where they are.”
Commenting further, Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said: “Queensland’s diverse regions have different goals and priorities, and this new Regional Jobs Committee will make sure the employment and training needs in the Gold Coast are front and centre.
“I regularly speak with Minister Farmer about local Gold Coast businesses and how important it is to have local solutions, and it’s great that each committee has the flexibility to pursue their goals that will best support their local priorities.
“The Gold Coast Regional Jobs Committee will bring together a host of stakeholders on the ground such as businesses, training organisations and employers to make sure that we are creating the best opportunity for businesses to grow and play a role in reducing unemployment in our region.”