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Moree Plains Shire Council advocates internal training and succession planning and nominated four staff for the NSW Training Awards conducted by the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET). The Awards recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector and honour and reward the achievements of students, trainers/teachers, training organisations, large and small employers.


Council’s Human Resources Manager, Debby Baxter-Tomkins said Council is exceptionally pleased with the formal recognition of Library Assistant, Sarah Dean and efforts by all staff who have, and continue to take on the challenge of formal training.


2017 Sarah Dean NSW Training AwardsSarah achieved a Highly Commended in the Trainee of the Year category for her completion of a Certificate III Library and Information Services under the Business Services training package. Her new skills have been implemented at the Moree Community Library where she prepares the eNewsletter, updates the website, undertakes program planning, customer service, and catalogues and processes library resources for the public.


Return to Work Officer, Noeline Atterbury and Parks and Open Spaces crew members, Jake Hetherington and Zoe Mather were all finalists in the Trainee of the Year category.


  • Noeline was nominated by TAFE New England Moree Campus for her excellent attention towards the completion of a Diploma in Work, Health and Safety.
  • Jake completed Certificate III in Horticulture.
  • Zoe completed a Certificate III in Civil Construction.

    Mrs Baxter-Tomkins said accessing funded training is vital for addressing skill shortages and skills development in Moree Plains Shire.


    “Over 76 Council employees accessed some form of external funding in 2015-2016 and we [Council] work with State Training, Registered Training Organisation’s including Australian Training and Consulting, TAFE and schools to create career pathways,” said Mrs Baxter-Tomkins.


    The NSW Training Awards demonstrate age diversity and a broad range of study fields across the region. Mrs Baxter-Tomkins particularly noted the increase in women undertaking non-traditional trades and the new areas of study that are emerging, such as Bee Keeping.


    “I would like to also congratulate the other two Moree Plains representatives, Donna Taylor and Robin Roberts from Pius X, who were finalists in the ASTI Student of the Year category. “



    Photograph:  Sarah Dean achieved a Highly Commended honour at the recent NSW Training Awards for her study in Certificate III in Library and Information Services.





    It was a big night at last Thursday’s Council meeting, with Councillors endorsing a number of important strategic plans for the future of the Shire.


    Under NSW Government legislation, following their election, every council is required to revisit the 10 Year Plan for its community’s future. Since their election last September, Councillors have endorsed a Community Engagement Strategy and over the course of the last few months, considered the thoughts, aspirations and sentiments of the Moree Plains Shire community.


    This culminated in the endorsement of our new 10 Year Community Plan.


    Your Shire. The Plan 2027Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries said, “As a community, it’s important for us to have a roadmap for our future. As with any journey, the starting point is just as important as the destination. We know what a great place Moree Plains Shire is today and the pride and passion we all feel in being part of this community. AND we want to make the most of it for now and for our future.”


    “The 10 Year Community Plan has been shaped by so many contributions and conversations with community members; whether it be through our outreach activities at Jellicoe markets, through our Shire-wide survey, by participating in one of our community focus groups or industry meetings or being part of one of the other community engagement initiatives we have undertaken over the past few months.


    “On behalf of my fellow Councillors, thank you for Speaking Up Moree Plains.


    “We put a lot of time and effort into this process and it was pleasing to see some committed community members put in written submissions and attend last week’s Council meeting with ideas for the future. It’s a wonderful thing to see such enthusiasm for our great Shire,” said Mayor Humphries.


    In addition to the 10 Year Community Plan, Councillors also set the direction for their term in local government in the 4 Year Delivery Program. The activities and projects which will be undertaken from 1 July were also adopted as part of the Operational Plan and Budget 2017-2018.


    General Manager, Mr Lester Rodgers commented, “There has been a lot of work undertaken over the past 6 months to pull together the strategic direction for our Shire and the Council. It’s an exciting time – I am looking forward to working with our staff, Councillors and the community to deliver Moree Plains 2027 - Your Shire. The Plan. Our Future.”


    Mr Rodgers went onto to say, “If you haven’t already picked up a copy of these documents, they are available from our website or any of our Customer Service Centres. I encourage all community members to take the time to read about our plans for Moree Plains’ future.”






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