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The 6th Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) skilled migration case study video has just gone online and it is important viewing, according to RDANI Chair Russell Stewart.


“This case study shows how critical skilled migration has been for the growth of DD’s Engineering & Fabrication in Moree. It also shows why some skilled migrants settle in and contribute to our communities long-term,” he said.


RDANI Skilled Migration Project Officer Gary Fry said that the attraction and retention of skilled labour remains a real challenge for this region and particularly in the North West. “DD's Engineering & Fabrication in Moree is a great example of why the skilled migration work of RDANI is vital to the economic development of our region,” he said.


DD’s Engineering & Fabrication is a home-grown business in Moree. The business was conceived and developed by company Director Donald Devney, who was born and raised in Moree. It services (predominantly) irrigation and broadacre agribusiness clients throughout remote north-western NSW and south-central Queensland.


“When I first kicked off in 1994, I actually thought my hardest problem would be finding the work to keep me going but I soon found out that finding skilled staff in a rural community was to be our biggest challenge,” he said in the video.


DD’s Engineering & Fabrication actively does what it can to employ and upskill locals. It currently boasts a workforce of 15, five of whom are apprentices. “They (the apprentices) often move on and we always need qualified, skilled and experienced staff who we can count on,” Mr. Devney said. “We have employed skilled migrant boiler makers since 2007 and our business has seen considerable growth as a result.”


Mr. Fry explained that in locations such as Moree, retention of skilled labour is as important an issue as attraction. “As of August 2017, Savenaca Seeto had been working as a boiler maker at DD’s Engineering & Fabrication for almost 11 years. He and his family are an important contribution to a regional community, as well as a growing regional business,” he said.


In the case study video, Mr. Seeto details why he has settled in the town of Moree with his wife and seven children. “Moree is a small town and there’s a lot of work around. We’ve been busy for the last 10 years.”


“I prefer living here because the rent is so much cheaper than the city and if we want to go somewhere on a family holiday, it’s easy to save up,” he said.


“In Moree, the lifestyle is very convenient. If I want to go to the shops or the school, it’s only a few minutes in the car. We only have two traffic lights in the middle of town. We’ve got everything we need here (in Moree).”


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RESEARCHERS, school students and the public will notice significant improvements to comfort at Moree’s Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Centre, with the NSW Government providing another $208,321 to upgrade air conditioning, install a kitchen and expand spaces for the public.


Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall visited the Centre recently to announce the funding and inspect other recently completed major works with staff.


Dhiiyaan Centre“This Arts and Culture Infrastructure Grant will help the Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Centre better serve the Moree community,” Mr Marshall said.


“With over 110,000 genealogies of families, records of Aboriginal ex-servicemen, artefacts, art and over 15,000 photographs – the Centre is a vital repository for Indigenous history across the Kamilaroi nation and the whole of NSW.


“People of all backgrounds from across the state make the pilgrimage to Dhiiyaan.


“Whether it’s to research family history, learn more about the brave aboriginal servicemen fighting for our country, better understand the Kamilaroi language or view impressive displays of indigenous art, this centre is a vital part of recognising generations of culture.


“This funding will allow the Centre to replace a 20-year-old air conditioner, improving energy efficiency and comfort during Moree’s sweltering summers. Local schools are starting to make the most of Dhiiyaan and better cooling will allow them to accommodate extra students with ease.”


Mr Marshall said large parts of the old school hall would be rebuilt – to include a small kitchenette that will serve tea and coffee and allow for more of the extensive collection to be on display.Dhiiyaan Centre


“A refit to the currently unused back dock area will greatly expand usable space – which is a precious commodity for a research space as well utilised as Dhiiyaan,” Mr Marshall said.


“This new area will house over 500 Aboriginal reference books, Kamilaroi artefacts and permanently display some of the most prized paintings and photos in the centre’s collection.”


The local MP said this funding would build upon $495,545 worth of upgrades, funded by the NSW Government last year, which completely refurbished the building’s foyer, offices and galleries.


“This light and airy building is now up to the world-class standard that the collection deserves,” Mr Marshall said.


“With computers lining the walls, modern design and considerate amenities, patronage to Dhiiyaan can continue to increase.”



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