SKILLING QUEENSLAND: Supervisor Kerry Vohland with the Round 2 participants at Dalby Chamber.
SKILLING QUEENSLAND: Supervisor Kerry Vohland with the Round 2 participants at Dalby Chamber. Jessica Bahr

Improving skills and boosting economy

AFTER being officially selected to receive nearly half a million dollars in funding through Skilling Queenslanders for Work, three Dalby groups are well and truly in planning mode.

Dalby Chamber of Commerce, Waminda and Dalby Welcoming Community are each working in different ways toward both boosting the local economy and assisting individuals.

Dalby Chamber will be offering work skills training and a qualification in business, while Waminda and Dalby Welcoming will each be targeting other groups around Dalby.

Waminda General Manager Malcolm Irvine said the program would enable those with disabilities to gain qualifications and work.

"One of the main misconceptions is the type of people in the community who have disabilities...many people have disabilities which don't necessarily preclude them from working,” he said.

"We are getting just over $200, 000 which allows us to employ 10 people fulltime over a 23 week period of training, and also employ a coordinator.”

"The main thing is getting people in the community working...but also the community then sees what Waminda does and can get behind Waminda even more than they already do.”

Beth Woods, of the Dalby Welcoming Community, said the cultural group was also looking at upskilling those who are sometimes marginalised in the community through their $47, 000 grant.

"One of our main things is Dalby's Delicious and Delightful Festival, and we decided we'd apply for the community skills grant so that we could primarily get a group of people from culturally diverse backgrounds who may be able to make our festival more authentic,” she said.

"So we're targeting those people, but also other groups, because we see that if we've got culturally diverse people mixing with different cultures and groups within Dalby, we're going to be able to make them feel integrated much more easily.”

"We would love to see the women particularly, because they often find it a little more difficult to become part of the community...so it's about building confidence, making them aware that the opportunities are available if they take that chance.”


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