The Central West Jobs Action Plan was first introduced in May 2014. The plan was aimed at minimising the impact of job losses expected at Simplot in Bathurst and Electrolux in Orange in 2016.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner said the NSW Government’s multi-million dollar financial support package has encouraged businesses across the region to hire retrenched staff.
“In May we introduced the Central West Jobs Action Plan to focus NSW Government assistance on business investment and infrastructure projects that have strong job creation potential for the region,” Mr Stoner said.
A number of businesses and projects in the Central West are receiving financial assistance from the NSW Government, these businesses include:
- Orange-based engineering network Renweld to help the engineering network develop its supply chain and capitalise on larger resource projects through collaborative tendering;
- Simplot Australia to help the company retain up to 77 full-time jobs at its Bathurst plant, more than originally expected under the parent company’s downsizing plans;
- Electrolux in Orange to assist with workforce transition when the company closes in 2016; and
- The Orange Airport upgrade, scheduled to be completed and operational by the end of 2014, and projected to realise more than 200 jobs.
“This is about bringing more focus to our existing broad package of support for the region’s economy to offer the Central West the assistance it needs to generate long term business and jobs growth,” Mr Stoner said.