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Extension Of 'Apprentice Subsidy' A Win For Business

“The extension of the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy is in line with strong recommendations we made in our 'Skilling Australia for a better future: Supporting apprenticeships through COVID-19 report' released last week,” said Business NSW Regional Manager Kellon Beard.

“Businesses will be heartened by the ongoing support for apprentices beyond 30 September, which was looming large as an economic cliff,” Mr Beard said.

“On the down side, it is disappointing that there has been no announced increase in support for those wanting to commence an apprenticeship. However, we remain hopeful that there will be additional announcements down the track to support employers who want to take on new starters.

“The nation is still at risk of significant skills shortages in 3-4 years’ time without new starters coming on board. But the Government has shown it is serious about taking steps to address this issue now, and we commend them for it.

“As part of the JobTrainer package, the National Skills Commission will need to ensure that the short courses being offered support people into employment or at least dramatically increase their chances of employment.

“At the top of Business NSW’s agenda has been the availability of proper funding to train people for the jobs of the future and to close the skills gap. We look forward to working with Governments of all levels to identify the types of short courses needed,” Mr Beard said.

About Business NSW

Formerly the NSW Business Chamber, Business NSW is the peak policy and advocacy body which has been representing businesses in NSW since 1826.

KELLON BEARD

Regional Manager, Mid North Coast


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Town Green Moorings at Port Macquarie is one of five NSW waterways to benefit from one of the biggest ever programs of fully funded dredging to be carried out by the NSW Government.

 Leslie Williams, Member for Port Macquarie, has announced a total of $6.2 million worth of dredging work will be carried out at Town Green Moorings at Port Macquarie.

“Dredging of the Town Green Channel down to the new public wharves facility will ensure the depth of the channel matches the needs of the vessels along the Town Green Moorings,” Mrs Williams said.

“Dredging will benefit both commercial operators and recreational users in the area.

“Town Green Channel was last dredged in 2019.”

Mrs Williams said NSW Maritime, in its new role overseeing the statewide dredging program, has identified these five priority locations after carrying out investigations and input from local communities. 

“Some waterways are more prone than others to the natural process of sedimentation, in which sand and silt washes downstream and gradually fills channels or berthing areas.

“This can have far-reaching economic impacts for communities which are dependent on local fishing and boating industries.”

Mrs Williams said the dredging work would be made possible with a $6.2 million NSW Government stimulus funding commitment, part of the $205 million allocated to maritime infrastructure and projects.

“In these continuing difficult times, we are doing all we can to help out our coastal communities with the support they need to get on with the job.

“This stimulus package will play a critical role in creating jobs to plan and deliver this infrastructure to assist with the recovery of the state’s economy from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Once further investigation work has been completed, the full program and timeline for the work will be communicated to the local community,” Mrs Williams said.

Media Release From | Leslie Williams, MP.

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