An organisation helping jobless people in central-west Queensland says it will look at the possibility of having unemployed people assist drought-affected graziers.

The Remote Area Planning and Development Board has helped to form RAPAD Employment Services Queensland – to deliver skills and training under a federally-funded scheme.

Regional manager Tony Rayner says while most primary producers are not looking to employ workers in the current dry, there may be opportunities for jobless people to help.

“People are fully occupied with the drought at the moment and working their way through that,” he said.

He says there will be an element to the program where some jobseekers can do voluntary work.

“We will be working with AgForce and other groups to look at opportunities where we might be able to place some of our jobseekers to assist with some of the drought-feeding programs and jobs like that,” he said.

“Most of regional Australia has a small unemployment issue.” He says in the central-west region, unemployment is not excessively high. “We have a relatively small number of job seekers, but they are scattered across a very large region,” he said.

“Backpackers do take up some of the jobs that local jobseekers could do, but it is probably more of a case that we have to make sure that our local jobseekers have the right skills.”

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Regional Development Australia: The Conference will feature discussions on regional employment. It will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014 with a focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development.

The Regional Development Australia: Innovation Awards are being held in conjunction to the conference with an aim to recognise and showcase individuals and organisations in four categories: economic development, planning and building, environment and resilience and community development.

Call for papers  is now open.

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme.

Australian Regional Development Conference

15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury
Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298
Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

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