Greetings from Gayleen – July 2019

North West Regional Queensland Trip

After a great trip in Western Queensland I am now settled back in Cairns. The last part of our journey took us to Woorabinda, Biloela, Rockhampton, Bowen, Charters Towers and then out west to Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek, Cloncurry, Mount Isa, Normanton, Croydon and Georgetown.

The distances travelled were as vast as the country was different in each of the regions. Much of the country has benefited from the rains and looking spectacular, with plenty of feed on the ground and the most amazing and abundant bird life. We also saw the aftermath of the devastation of the flood with debris high on fence lines and heard many terrible and sad stories of the demise of hundreds of thousands of cattle and wildlife. The kangaroo and other wildlife population has been decimated in many regions and will take many years to recover. If you enjoy bird watching, the Leichardt Lagoon near Normanton and many other water holes are teeming with birdlife.

We have made a short video of our trip please click here to see some of our wonderful North and West Queensland country.  

Cairns Chamber Economic Forecast

The recent annual Chamber Economic forecast function was an interesting event with David Speers as MC and Bill Cummings providing his annual update before a strong Panel of presenters. The panel included Norris Carter CEO of Cairns Airport, Prof Allan Dale from Tropical Regional Development at JCU, Jennifer Westacott CEO from Business Council Australia, Dr Ken Chapman Chairman from Chapman Group and Nick Loukas President of the Chamber.

Whilst Bill suggested it has not been a great year with negative publicity on the state of our reef, flood and weather events, low agriculture/cattle prices and airlines cutting services there is positive news on the horizon.

Scientists are now speaking out about the health of the reef, new airlines carriers are in discussions, there is forecast increased agriculture and tourism numbers coupled with promised government expenditure on significant infrastructure, as well as some major construction projects and new mining ventures on the agenda for North and West Queensland

Indigenous Leaders Forum

Last week the Indigenous Leaders forum was held in Cairns. Precruitment was a sponsor of this event which was attended by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Council CEO’s. It was a successful event and great to hear the impressive list of initiatives and achievements the councils have undertaken.

Challenges and opportunities for partnerships within councils were discussed with some great ideas put on the table. The attendees enjoyed a video presentation of our travels to their regions as well as a presentation by one of our Temporary Staff Melissa Browne, who identifies as indigenous and has a passion for training and development, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people.

Melissa has over 20 years working across the Cape and Torres Strait and is highly qualified in communications. Melissa focused on ‘Humanizing Training’ and the different techniques and tools that can be considered to help train culturally diverse and disadvantaged groups.

Meet a Recruiter

Precruitment will be hosting another Meet a Recruiter event in partnership with CBC and supported by our industry professional governing body the RCSA. The event will take place on Thursday 15th August in our Cairns Office.  

This is a great opportunity for job seekers to gain professional assistance with their job search techniques, through one on one meetings with our team of professional recruiters.

Warm Regards,  Gayleen. 

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