Council backs new employment website

Published on 05 January 2017

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Northern Grampians Shire Council has thrown its support behind a new website designed to connect local employers and job seekers. Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford launched Jobs4Stawell on Wednesday in response to Stawell Gold Mine entering a care and maintenance phase.

The website is a joint venture between Regional Development Victoria, Ace Radio and Northern Grampians Shire Council. Mayor Cr Tony Driscoll said the partners had worked tirelessly over the Christmas and New Year period to get the project off the ground.

“Redundancies at Stawell Gold Mine were only announced in mid-December so this quick response had been a credit to everyone involved,” he said.

“Jobs4Stawell will be a central portal for both businesses and job seekers and will help to fill employment vacancies in the region. It will also provide advice and resources to help people through the job application and interview process.

“While the initiative’s main focus is former gold mine employees, it will benefit all local jobseekers and potential employers.”

Cr Driscoll said the website was just one of the ways Council was providing assistance to those affected by the mine’s announcement.

“This is an ongoing focus for Council and we are working closely with Stawell Gold Mine and Choice Career Services to assist former employees,” he said.

“We are also continuing  to meet with local businesses and community groups to determine their individual impacts and discuss and develop mitigation strategies."

PHOTO: Northern Grampians Shire Mayor Cr Tony Driscoll, Ace Radio Manager Scott Grambau and Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford check out the Jobs4Stawell website during Wednesday's launch.