Monday, 9 August 2010
Three key ‘Regions of Opportunity’ add structure to regional development project.
In a major development for the Brolga Project, three key ‘regions of opportunity’ will add new dimensions to its regional engagement.
The South Burnett area in Queensland, and Moree and Port-Macquarie Hastings Councils have come forward as regional areas where there has been significant interest and where the two-year-old project can create strong rapport with clients and placed students.
“First I’d like to make it unequivocally plain,” said project Manager Mr Richard Cowley, “we’re not taking our eyes off the rest of Australia at all, but working strongly within these areas, nurturing our early relationships, we can add more structure in the project.”
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council are working with the project to take at least 50 students over the Christmas break, Moree Council have hosted business breakfasts where students have met with potential host agencies, and the South Burnett Region has been responsible for absorbing a number of early student placements.
“We’ve been able to meet with key stakeholders in these regions, and there’s no doubt about the value of face to face meetings,” Mr Cowley continued.
“In the past we’ve placed students across Australia with some success, but it’s meant we’ve placed one student here, another student there, and there hasn’t been any real opportunity to meet with the students or the host agencies.
“Our previous placements have been tremendously successful, to the point where we’ve a student now in a full time position now mentoring other students.
“But being able to meet people, and take students to regional communities in groups will illustrate the quality of students we have, and add integrity to what we’re doing,” he concluded.
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