June 26 2017: Council's budget commits to job creation to help drive the economy
New jobs for locals are a focus of the Cassowary Coast Regional Council's 2017-18 Budget.
Cassowary Coast Mayor John Kremastos said Council was continuing its commitment to projects that would help generate jobs and drive a stronger economy.
He said Council had recently secured $3.69 million in Works for Queensland funding from the State Government - adding to a $3.77 million Works for Queensland investment in the region earlier this year.
"Through this program we will benefit from both new employment and a series of great infrastructure upgrades, making our region even better to live in, visit and invest in,'' Mayor Kremastos said.
Council has welcomed 14 new employees on three to six-month contracts and will employ another six locals in coming weeks. They are labourers, carpenters, a trades assistant and an administration assistant.
The new funding will create additional jobs.
Mayor Kremastos said Council's organisational review, which is currently under way, had a focus on "training leaders of tomorrow".
"As part of the review we are ensuring we take on apprentices and trainees at all our centres across the region,'' he said. "We want to encourage our youth to stay in our region and will have a greater focus on apprenticeships than we have in recent years."
Council is applying for State Government funding to go towards the appointment of 10 young people in trainee and apprenticeship roles, building on its existing trainee and apprenticeship program.
Mayor Kremastos said Council's vision was to drive economic development and employment opportunities for the region, and this was one of the steps the organisation was taking.