Fisheries decentralisation creates new 21 new jobs
THE decentralisation of key fisheries services to Coffs Harbour has taken a giant leap forward and will result in the creation of up to 21 jobs.
Local state member Andrew Fraser explained this was due to the State Government's Decade of Decentralisation policy where fisheries research and resource management functions previously based at the Cronulla Fisheries Research Centre in Sydney are being transferred to Coffs Harbour.
"I am pleased to say the decentralisation of key services to Coffs Harbour is nearing completion with relocations and recruitment in full swing and the office refit completed," Mr Fraser said.
"Six employees have already relocated from Sydney and another person is in the process of relocating.
"Four additional positions have been filled and recruitment for a further three positions will commence soon.
"There has been very strong interest in advertised jobs from Coffs Harbour applicants with 45 locals applying for one of the positions.
"All new employees are expected to be working in Coffs Harbour early next year and recruitment is scheduled to be completed around the same time."
Mr Fraser said commercial fisheries research employees are being co-located at Southern Cross University's National Institute of Marine Science.
"Commercial fisheries and fisheries resource management staff will be based with Fisheries compliance and Marine Parks in the upgraded Coffs Harbour Jetty office," he said.
"Employees have been moving in to the Jetty office since late October."