MG plant closure updates

Overview

In response to the announcement by Murray Goulburn in May 2017 that it will close its Tangambalanga factory, a local community working group has been set up to support the community, local businesses and affected employees. The purpose of the group is to build and strengthen partnerships between organisations, highlight the needs of the community and provide advice to all levels of government.

The Community Working Group includes representatives from:

Indigo Shire Council

Murray Goulburn employees

Kiewa/Tangambalanga community members

Kiewa/Tangambalanga businesses

Regional Development Victoria (State Government)

Murray Goulburn Co-op

If you’d like any further information on the group, or would like a representative to ask a question or forward on feedback on your behalf, you can get in contact using the details below:

info@indigoshire.vic.gov.au or call 1300 365 003


Support for Businesses

Indigo Shire is committed to sustainable development through the growth of existing businesses, new investment and project facilitation. In light of Murray Goulburn’s announcement of the closure of the Kiewa facility, local businesses are encouraged to access support currently available. Some links which may be useful for your business include:


Back to Work Program – financial incentives for businesses

Businesses are encouraged to explore their eligibility for support from the State Governments Back to Work Program when hiring new employees.

Download Back to Work Dairy Factsheet

What’s on offer?

Payments of $5,000 are available to employers who hire an eligible employee in an ongoing full-time, Victorian job. Employers hiring an ongoing part-time employee can claim $3,750. The payment is made in two instalments; claims for the second instalment can be lodged nine months from the first instalment, provided the eligible employee is still employed. An additional reimbursement of up to $4000 is available to eligible employers who provide accredited training to an eligible employee.

For more information, head to the website: http://www.sro.vic.gov.au/backtowork


Support for MG employees

With the first round of redundancies now in effect at Kiewa, we are keen to keep in touch with you to see if there is any ongoing support we can provide, in addition to what you have access to through Prima.

If you would like to be kept up to date on employment and training opportunities, community initiatives and events, then please get in contact!

You can do this a number of ways:

  • Drop into the Indigo Shire Council offices (Yackandandah or Beechworth from 9am – 5pm Mon-Fri) and ask to be added to the MG employee database
  • Send an email to Jo Turner - joanne.turner@indigoshire.vic.gov.au with your name, phone number and/or email address
  • Call Jo on 0472 863 050

Below is a list of recruitment companies in Albury and Wodonga who you may wish to register with to increase your employment opportunities:

Albury

Company

Address

Phone

ACE Workers

710 Young Street Albury

(02) 6023 2222

ATEL Employment Services

532 David Street Albury

1300 784 787

Catalyst Recruitment

633 Dean Street Albury

(02) 6041 6723

CVGT Employment & Training

Suite 4, 564 olive Street Albury

(02) 6022 0900

Drake International

490 David Street Albury

(02) 6023 7222

Impressions Career Services

467 Smollett Street Albury

0412 195 656

Knight Network Pty Ltd

937 Waugh Rd Albury

(02) 6040 1555

MHS Group

556 Wyse Street Albury

(02) 6023 2644

MP Personnel Consulting

491 Smottett Street Albury

(02) 6041 6286

Personnel Employment Albury Wodonga Inc

440 Wilson Street Albury

(02) 6041 1577

Randstad

1/561 Olive Street Albury

(02) 6022 3200

Recruitment Select

542 David Street

(02) 6023 2140

Staff Power

Suite 2, Floor 1, 494 Townsend Street Albury

(02) 6023 3777

Sureway Employment

529 Kiewa Street Albury

1300 305 365

Wise Personnel

440 Wilson Street Albury

(02) 6041 2217

Workforce on Tap

Cnr Dean & Kiewa Street Albury

(02) 6041 6838

Workways

508 Macauley Street Albury

(02) 6023 7000

Wodonga

Company

Address

Phone

Adecco

Suite 1a 111-113 Hume Street Wodonga

(02) 6022 5000

Kestral

9 Stanley Street Wodonga

1300 337 870

Hays

15 High Street Wodonga

0498 006 750

MP Training and Recruitment

Level 1, 38 High Street

(02) 6041 6286

Skilled

18 Stanley Street Wodonga

(02) 6056 1233

The Personnel Group Ltd

155 High Street Wodonga

(02) 6056 1833

Huon Personnel Pty Ltd

Suite 1/175 Lawrence Street Wodonga

(02) 6056 9796

Hume Employment Service

9 Stanley Street Wodonga

(02) 6024 0200

There are a number of online job search engines you can utilise to refine your search also:

There are regularly jobs advertised at the local Councils. Below are links to the employment pages in the 4 local Councils:

Jobs with Indigo Shire Council - http://www.indigoshire.vic.gov.au/Your_Council/About_the_Organisation/Jobs_at_Indigo

Jobs with Towong Shire Council - http://www.towong.vic.gov.au/about-council/careers/vacancies.asp

Jobs with Alpine Shire Council - http://www.alpineshire.vic.gov.au/Activity/EmploymentList.aspx

Jobs with Wodonga Council - https://recruitment.wodonga.vic.gov.au/ProdWR/jobs/

Wodonga Skills and Job Centre

Head into your local Skills and Jobs Centre (based at Wodonga Tafe) to get free access to:

  • Local employment market knowledge
  • State and federal government initiatives including funding opportunities
  • Local skills and education opportunities ideal for securing work
  • Personalised skills assessment to help identify development opportunities
  • Work readiness and advice including resume writing and updating and completing job applications effectively
  • Advice on important processes associated with searching for employment and accessing Centrelink support
  • Advice on other local support services you may like to access to help find employment
  • Specific support for retrenched workers

For more information, and a link to their current workshops, head here: https://www.wodongatafe.edu.au/skills-and-jobs-centres

The April 2017 to September 2017 workshop calendar can be found here: https://www.wodongatafe.edu.au/Portals/10/About%20Us/2689_SJC_Workshop%20calendar%20Electronic.pdf?ver=2017-04-06-105301-720

Local Community and Neighbourhood Houses:

  • Yackandandah Community House can provide support with resume writing. Feel free to contact them to set up a time to discuss - http://ycc.org.au/contact-us/ or (02) 60 271 743
  • Quercus Beechworth (formally Beechworth Neighbourhood Centre) - can provide support with resume writing. Feel free to contact them to set up a time to discuss by calling 03 5728 2386. Quercus Beechworth are also looking to run a number of job skills workshops so keep an eye on this page for more info:  http://quercusbeechworth.com.au/current-course-guide/  
  • Tallangatta – The Skills and Jobs Centre currently comes out to Tallangatta on the first Thursday of each month. If you would like to book a time to see them while they’re in Tallangatta, please call 1800 754 555 to book.

Support for Dairy Farmers –

  • Dairy Farmer Central - The central source of information for programs, initiatives and events available for dairy farmers and their communities - http://www.dairyfarmercentral.com.au/
  • Murray Dairy Resources and Programs/workshops –
    • Taking Stock Program:  (Free) 1-on-1 business assessment and support service - Designed to help you take stock of your situation by providing free one-on-one business support, to assist dairy farm families to collect and analyse current financial and physical data with the aim of clarifying their future farm business options. This is available to all levy paying farmers, regardless of who they supply. Contact Murray Dairy on 03 5833 5312 or admin@murraydairy.com.au to register or for more information
    • Events Calendar: http://www.murraydairy.com.au/news-events.html
    • If you’d like to receive the regular newsletter from Murray Dairy direct to your inbox, just email admin@murraydairy.com.au
  • Rural Skills Connect – The Rural Skills Connect Program uses transferrable skills in the dairy industry to meet rural industry skill gaps, promotes re-skilling and provides guidance on opportunities for training. The Program works with impacted dairy farmers and their family, their workers and affected dairy service providers who need assistance with employment and training opportunities.

The program will:

assist farmers with opportunities to supplement farm business income with off-farm income

assist farmers to support their workers who may have lost their job or had reduced hours

assist with appropriate training opportunities which will lead to employment

increase the accredited skills base across the industry

assist farm businesses to become more resilient against future economic or environmental stresses.

For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact Joanne Turner on 0472 863 050 or joanne.turner@ecodev.vic.gov.au

15/3 Stanley Street

Wodonga

0260 575 703

Alpine Valleys Dairy Pathway Project:

The Alpine Valleys Dairy Pathways Project (AVDPP) evolved from a shared interest in the potential for milk growth in the region. The project was driven by the North East Agribusiness Forum, North East Murray Dairy, Dairy Australia, the Murray Goulburn Co-operative and the four primary rural municipalities in the region (Towong Shire Council, Indigo Shire Council, Alpine Shire Council and the Rural City of Wangaratta).

Significant steps in the development of the project have included:

  • A deputation from community residents in the Mitta Valley requesting the dairy industry examine the decline of dairy in the Valley and how this might be arrested given the negative impact of such (March 2010);
  • The commissioning of a comparative economic analysis to review the status of dairy in the region and the potential for on-going regional dairy farm profitability (Future dairy supply for the Alpine Valleys, Mulvany 2010);
  • An industry level workshop to review the outcomes of the Mulvany Report and to design a response (Lake Hume Workshop, March 2011);
  • Formation of the project steering group to seek resources and oversee project activities (June 2011);
  • Independent focus group consultations conducted in all of the valleys (Understanding barriers to growth in the dairy industry in North East Victoria, Santhanam-Martin 2011);
  • Alpine Valleys Dairy Business Forum - with strong participation by local dairy farmers and other key stakeholders (September 2012);
  • Formation of the 'Our Valley, Our Future' project in the Mitta Valley - this was supported by the Gardiner Foundation with a focus on understanding the links between sustainable communities and a sustainable local dairy industry (September 2012); and
  • Appointment of a Dairy Extension Officer co-funded by DEPI, Dairy Australia and Murray Goulburn Cooperative (June 2013).

In April 2013, Council supported the project by acting as the auspicing body to secure funds through Regional Development Victoria to develop a Regional Growth Plan and Workforce Strategy for the dairy industry in the Alpine Valleys of North East Victoria. The project aims to support the ongoing growth and improvement of dairy practices across the North East.

If you’d like further information on the project, you can contact the chair, Stuart Crosthwaite on 0428 289 515 or Patten Bridge on 0418 308 414 or patten@bridgelogic.com.au

Documents for download



Indigo Shire Council Mayor Cr Jenny O'Connor met Murray Goulburn Dairy stakeholders on Wednesday to discuss the town's future.