Wimmera Development Association (WDA) is the peak
economic development organisation for the Wimmera Southern-Mallee
region supporting existing local businesses, and promoting economic
development opportunities to investors.
WDA is a vital link
between industry and government; lobbying for improved regional
infrastructure, and advocating for regional priority issues.
Wimmera Development Association is fortunate to have ACE Radio
Broadcasters as a valued patron, and the generous support of GWMWater.
Measuring the social and economic value of recreational & environmental water in the Wimmera Southern Mallee
Western Passenger Rail
More than 110,000 people live in Western Victoria, with only limited access to passenger train travel.
A further 60,000 people living in south east South Australia could also benefit from improved connectivity through Victoria to provincial and capital cities.
Regional Councils have recognised the need for improved public passenger services for many years. A recent detailed study commissioned by eight Western Victorian Councils proved there is significant demand for improved public transport and linkages to Ballarat and Melbourne.
The Western Rail Project is seeking:
More passenger rail services between Ararat and Melbourne
The return of passenger rail services to other parts of Western Victoria, including Horsham and Hamilton
Extra coach services to improve connections between road and rail services
Upgrades to all operating rail stations in Western Victoria to ensure they are accessible to disabled and elderly people.
Wimmera Internship Program Expressions of Interest - NOW OPEN
WHAT IS THE OPPORTUNITY?
Wimmera Development Association is pleased to announce that the Wimmera Internship Program will once again be offered to businesses and students across the Wimmera Southern Mallee over the 2017-18 Summer break.
The rural Victorian community can experience difficulty in attracting professionals to live and work in rural areas. A challenge is to find new and innovative ways to retain students and graduates within communities, and to attract graduates as new residents.
WDA seeks to support rural communities by highlighting the work opportunities available to students and graduates, and to assist councils to grow their local economies.
This project works closely with local employers to determine current skills shortages or workplace opportunities that can be matched with students from relevant tertiary institutions. The students will be placed based on an alignment of skills and experience, as determined by the employer, and will be remunerated for their time. Students will also live in the local community to build their experience of working and living rurally.
This project will support successful applicants to link in with Universities to involve students with practical work placements as part of their studies.
The project seeks to broaden the options of many students, provide them with valuable work experience, develop personal connections and open up their views on working and living in a rural community.
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