RDA Orana's February summit will focus on the need to draw workers to the region

RDA Orana's Steve Hinks, CSU advisor Fiona Nash, RDA Oran's Megan Dixon and guest speaker Geoff Beeson at last year's summit.
RDA Orana's Steve Hinks, CSU advisor Fiona Nash, RDA Oran's Megan Dixon and guest speaker Geoff Beeson at last year's summit.

The team at RDA Orana has hit the ground running in 2021, with plans already well underway for our first major event of the year, our Inland Growth Summit. T

his year marks the third annual event, with each year exploring a new area that is topical for regional Australia at a national level.

In our first year, the theme 'A United Voice' focused on the ongoing needs of inland Australia, and policy making which would ensure the viability of infrastructure and expanding the population to support future growth.

Last year, in the grip of drought, the 'Future of Water' was the theme which looked at innovations which would enable us to better manage and change our water use practices for efficiency and longevity of water supplies.

In 2021, the theme is 'More Jobs than People' and we are shining a light on the overwhelming need for more residents to shift into the region to maintain workforce quotas.

Orana's key industries of agriculture, mining, manufacturing and health care are booming and employers need to fill vacancies to meet the growing needs of everyday workplace requirements.

Key industries of agriculture, mining, manufacturing and health care are booming

Since November 1, there have been 1291 jobs advertised in the Orana region with more than half of these roles in the healthcare sector.

There are vacancies in nursing, general practice, speech pathology and disability support.

Up to 30 per cent of positions advertised were in the mining industry, in roles such as underground mechanical planner and underground engineer, graduate geologists and maintenance supervisors.

Jobs in the administration sector were on par with mining at 30 per cent, with positions including medical receptionist, clerical and hotel administration among those advertised.

The opportunity for relocation to the Orana region presents a wonderful place to live, work and relax, with adequate housing, business opportunities, excellent education and retail facilities.

Join us at the 2021 Inland Growth Summit Friday, February 26, at Lazy River Estate, Dubbo to hear more about our endeavour to grow the region and strengthen the economy.

During our one-day event, we'll discuss how to help stimulate growth in inland areas through policy recommendations and practical solutions.

More information is available at www.rdaorana.org.au