New jobs and recycling initiatives launched at LGNSW conference

The LGNSW has used its annual conference to unveil two major initiatives designed to encourage more people to work in the sector, and increase recycling levels.

A new national careers and jobs hub, Careers at Council, is designed to encourage more people to work in local government and help plug skills shortages and has been created by state associations across the country.

The website is created for local government by local government, LGNSW President Cr Linda Scott said, and is designed to attract talent and experience of all ages and address skill shortages in the sector.

“We hope it will go some way towards addressing the skill shortage we’re experiencing in local government in NSW and across the country, and really make sure we continue to have the best quality people working in local government,” she said.

Local councils are invited to use the website to promote employee experiences and post jobs.

“We’re encouraging councils to list all their jobs in local government on the one website, and people looking for employment can head to the website and see where there’s opportunities for new jobs or secondments,” Cr Scott said.

The LGNSW also unveiled its updated recycling scheme, which focuses on three pillars of education, innovation and investment.

The state government’s classification of waste as a problem rather than a product is holding the industry back, Cr Scott said.

“We’re asking the state government to reinvest the (waste) levy by funding a large scale long-term state-wide education program to support recycling and markets for recycled products in NSW,” she told delegates.

“NSW classifies waste as a problem, not a product and not a potential solution, and so we want to make sure that we try to help jobs grow and create new markets for waste,” she said. “Recycling creates three times as many jobs as waste sent to landfill.

“We’re launching our plan to help the state government help us and to show where we can begin to save our recycling in NSW.”

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