Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast

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Local Recovery Funds

A Local Recovery Fund of $780,000 is available in the Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast region for projects that meet the priorities identified in the Local Jobs Plan.

Projects will be identified for funding through periodic Request for Proposals (RFP).

Please contact your local Employment Facilitator for information about the Local Recovery Fund and to discuss project proposals.

Total Funding 2020-2022 Approximate funding remaining (as at April 2021)
$780,000 $475,190

Approved Activities

Activity Name Organisation Partnering Employment Services Provider Description
Get Ready for a Cleaner Future – Indigenous Careers Indigenous Workstars MAX Employment Maroochydore This activity includes an employment project run by Indigenous Workstars in Wide Bay and the Sunshine Coast. Working with Traditional Owners, it will prepare up to 100 Indigenous job seekers for employment opportunities in the renewable and sustainable energy industries.
Generations Connect Skills Generation Pty Ltd Sarina Russo Job Access Gympie This activity includes a training and employment project for mature-aged female job seekers who have been displaced as a result of COVID-19 and contracting employment growth in the region. The project, run by Skills Generation, will reskill and support the employment of these women in the childcare sector on the Sunshine Coast.

For further information on the activity, please contact the Employment Facilitator or the organisation.

Local Jobs Plan

Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast Local Jobs Plan

Employment Facilitator

Austin Ryann
Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast Employment Facilitator
0466 669 934


Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast

Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce

Representative Organisation Stakeholder Group
Austin Ryann (Chair) Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast Employment Facilitator Employment Facilitator
Paul Fisher  Sunshine Coast RDA Regional Development Australia
Nadine Neave Sarina Russo Job Access Employment Service Provider
Alan Sparks East Coast Apprenticeships Education and Training
Olivia Sainsbury Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and Industry Employers
Tim McGee Sunshine Coast Council   Local Government
John Suthers Department of Small Business and Training Queensland State Government

Taskforce Communiqués

Communiqués from Taskforce meetings are now available.