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NSW Budget To Accelerate Fee-Free Training

An additional 70,000 people will receive fee-free training as part of a plan by the NSW Government to turbocharge the State’s skillsled recovery and help more people get the skills they need for the jobs they want.

Treasurer Matt Kean said the 2022-23 NSW Budget would invest $82.7 million over four years to continue accelerating the skills boom and helping to deliver the lowest statewide unemployment rate on record at 3.5 per cent.

This new investment in fee-free training is on top of 100,000 fee-free apprenticeships and 70,000 fee-free traineeships already being delivered by the NSW Government.

This NSW Government’s strong focus on skills led to a 77 per cent increase in the number of people commencing apprenticeships and traineeships in the 12 months to September 2021, according the most recent NCVER report. There was a 91 per cent increase in the number of women commencing apprenticeships and traineeships during the same period.

For more details on training available, visit https://education.nsw.gov.au/skills-nsw.

NSW Speedway Solo Super Series Postponed

Cowra Motorcycle Racing Club and NSW Speedway Sports Committee has announced the 2022 NSW Speedway Solo Super Series, where junior and senior riders from across Australia will compete in one of the most entertaining forms of motorsport on the planet, scheduled for last Sunday 5th June, has been postponed indefinitely due to the recent unaccommodating weather conditions.

With many Australian speedway riders currently competing overseas, the NSW Speedway Solo Super Series aim is to increase participation in speedway, focus on junior development and provide a pathway for emerging talent to the international stage.

The ‘Super Series’ will be held over four rounds from May to August with the opening round at Woodstock Park Speedway Cowra, followed by Oakburn Park Raceway Tamworth (18th June), Round 3 venue in July to be confirmed and the final round at Diamond Park Speedway in Albury on 6th August 2022.

CINC To Celebrate NAIDOC Week

The Cowra Information & Neighbourhood Centre will celebrate NAIDOC Week on Monday July 4 with its annual street march.

The march will commence at Squire Park at 11am, and end at River Park, where there will be some stalls of service providers and a BBQ lunch.

There will be free goodie bags for children and free use of the ‘Obstacool’ course.

There will also be cultural dance workshops, spear throwing demonstrations, hairspray and tattoos.

Attendees are asked to meet at Squire Park at 10:45am on the day.

Western NSW Local Health District Women’s Health Service New 1800 number

The Western NSW Local Health District Women’s Health Service has a new 1800 number. You can reach the service by calling 1800 008 422 between Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

The single number will make it easier for clients to get in contact with their local women’s health nurse, and to book appointments directly at their preferred location. A referral is not required. Women’s health nurses are located across the district and they offer free, confidential appointments for women of all ages.

The team is excited to launch the number, as it delivers ‘one service across many places’ which is a key goal of the district.

McCormack In Shadow Ministry

Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack has been appointed to the new Shadow Ministry.

Mr McCormack will serve as Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific.

“I am pleased to serve the country and the Coalition in this role,” Mr McCormack said.

“It is an important post, not only for our nation obviously but also closer to home, given Riverina and Central West’s multiculturalism and the value our region places on the Pacific workforce in so many areas across the economy.”

The role continues Mr McCormack’s time as a senior member of the Coalition team, having served in various portfolios since 2013 including as Deputy Prime Minister (2018-21), infrastructure, transport, regional development, Veterans’ affairs, small business, finance and defence.

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