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Member for Goulburn Pru Goward today announced local councils in the region are set to upskill and grow following the statewide rollout of a new $4.6 million vocational education and skills program.

Ms Goward said the program, called the Local Government Skills Strategy (LGSS), was a fantastic opportunity to create stronger career pathways within local government in the electorate.

“This program is all about giving councils every opportunity to gain the skills they need to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible,” Ms Goward said.

“It will help existing local council employees improve their skills through full or part-time training, and it will also provide opportunities for more people to get into local government careers.

“This new program will be rolled out to Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Upper Lachlan Shire Council, Wingecaribee Shire Council and Hilltops Council, which will give all those councils the chance to boost the skills of their current workers, and take on new trainees and apprentices,” she said.

John Barilaro, Minister for Regional NSW and Minister for Skills said the decision to roll out the program across the entirety of NSW followed positive feedback from a pilot program which ran between May and October 2017.

“We recognise the significance of local government as a major employer in smaller communities, and we want councils to be able to recruit more people and retain their best workers,” Mr Barilaro said.

“As Minister for Regional NSW I want people to look to regional and remote towns and think “I could have a great life there’, and the role of local councils and the jobs they provide play a big part in achieving that,” he said.
For more information on the program visit:


Goulburn Electorate Office
(02) 4822 6444

Ministerial Office
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