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Business owners sought for RDA Orana study

04 October 2017

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana has compiled a study which aims to address the issues that a declining population has on employment.

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics following the 2016 Census reveal that rural areas in the Orana region are in population decline. “Although the Orana region has had a net population gain of 2.6 per cent, this has been driven by the growth in the Mid-Western and Dubbo regions. All other Local Government Areas (LGAs) have experienced population losses of up to 8.2 per cent,” RDA Orana Executive Officer Megan Dixon explained.

Such major reductions can potentially have a large impact on these areas and the surrounding townships, with the primary sectors of mining, agriculture and retail expected to be heavily affected.

The Regional Skills Outlook Unravelling the Skills of the Future for the Orana Region project will develop a profile of each LGA including major employers and training providers in those areas.

Employers are also being targeted to seek information about their present and upcoming labour and skills requirements.

“Information will then be used to inform and shape projects and policies that support regional economic growth into the future.”

“The aim of the project is to examine the various aspects of business and trading in the Orana region. We need to assess barriers, address labour issues and look at the skills of business owners. The projected outcomes will be to develop and present policy responses to State and Federal Government on issues around labour and training.” Megan Dixon said.

Business owners are encouraged to participate in the survey. For more information and to access the survey, please visit RDA Orana's website.

RDA Orana staff Amy Wellham and Noni MCCarthy at a computer.

Caption: RDA Orana staff Amy Wellham and Noni McCarthy