Queanbeyan public sector jobs reaches target
More than 100 additional jobs have been rolled out at Queanbeyan as the Department of Regional NSW unlocks more regional job opportunities than ever before.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the milestone is part of a NSW Government initiative to expand the department’s regional footprint and base up to 100 additional staff in each of its four regional hubs in Coffs Harbour, Armidale, Dubbo and Queanbeyan.
“In just 18 months, we have increased the number of staff from 27 to 133 in Queanbeyan, which is not only a boost to the local economy, but ensures regional issues are front and centre of government decision making,” Mr Toole said.
“Having staff living and working in the area that they are making decisions on ensures better policy outcomes for rural and regional NSW communities.
“The achievement builds on our regional investment legacy, delivering well-paying jobs and keeping skilled workers in rural and regional NSW.”
Mr Toole said it is important to have a significant presence across regional NSW to represent the unique needs of each community.
“No community is the same, which is why it’s so important to have our staff living and working in the communities they serve,” Mr Toole said.
“More roles in the regions mean more opportunities for locals, boosting the earning capability of families which leads to people spending their wages locally and contributing to the regional economy.”
Mr Toole said the Department of Regional NSW has also committed to relocating its Queanbeyan office accommodation to the Queanbeyan Civic and Cultural Precinct.
“The council offices are currently under construction with many local contractors working hard to get it ready, which is just another way we are supporting the local economy,” Mr Toole said.
It’s expected the new offices will be ready from early next year.
More than 76 per cent of the Department of Regional NSW’s workforce is based across regional NSW.