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Six of Moree Plains Best Recognised at Training Awards


Moree Plains Shire Council advocates internal training and succession planning and nominated four staff for the NSW Training Awards conducted by the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET). The Awards recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector and honour and reward the achievements of students, trainers/teachers, training organisations, large and small employers.Sarah Dean achieved a Highly Commended honour at the recent NSW Training Awards for her study in Certificate III in Library and Information Services.

Council’s Human Resources Manager, Debby Baxter-Tomkins said Council is exceptionally pleased with the formal recognition of Library Assistant, Sarah Dean and efforts by all staff who have, and continue to take on the challenge of formal training.

Sarah achieved a Highly Commended in the Trainee of the Year category for her completion of a Certificate III Library and Information Services under the Business Services training package. Her new skills have been implemented at the Moree Community Library where she prepares the eNewsletter, updates the website, undertakes program planning, customer service, and catalogues and processes library resources for the public.

Return to Work Officer, Noeline Atterbury and Parks and Open Spaces crew members, Jake Hetherington and Zoe Mather were all finalists in the Trainee of the Year category.

  • Noeline was nominated by TAFE New England Moree Campus for her excellent attention towards the completion of a Diploma in Work, Health and Safety.
  • Jake completed Certificate III in Horticulture.
  • Zoe completed a Certificate III in Civil Construction.

Mrs Baxter-Tomkins said accessing funded training is vital for addressing skill shortages and skills development in Moree Plains Shire.

“Over 76 Council employees accessed some form of external funding in 2015-2016 and we [Council] work with State Training, Registered Training Organisation’s including Australian Training and Consulting, TAFE and schools to create career pathways,” said Mrs Baxter-Tomkins.

The NSW Training Awards demonstrate age diversity and a broad range of study fields across the region. Mrs Baxter-Tomkins particularly noted the increase in women undertaking non-traditional trades and the new areas of study that are emerging, such as Bee Keeping.

“I would like to also congratulate the other two Moree Plains representatives, Donna Taylor and Robin Roberts from Pius X, who were finalists in the ASTI Student of the Year category. “


Sarah Dean achieved a Highly Commended honour at the recent NSW Training Awards for her study in Certificate III in Library and Information Services.