December 2012

Farewelling Tom Murphy

The Western Advocate sent Tom off in great style, in an article in the Weekend Advocate on the 22nd of December


November 2012

NCVER Workforce Skills through skill sets research Publication

WRI's Danielle Ranshaw, in conjunction with Kaye Bowman and John Mills and David Crean of TAFE NSW have recently had a research report published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). The article, Workforce skills development and engagement in training through skill sets, examines the role skill sets (groupings of competecies below qualification level) play, compared with full qualifications, in the VET system. The report looks at a case study of agrifoods students.

The report can be downloaded from the NCVER Website here.

An interview with Kaye Bowman is also available via podcast.


August 2012

Country and Regional Living Expo - Our Diverse Economy

WRI's take on the Bathurst Economy in the recent Country and Regional Living Expo lifout in the Western Advocate (06.08.12).

Read the article here.


July 2012

Economic Benefits of VET Providers - Campus Review Article

WRI's recent cost benefit analysis of Western College in Dubbo is discussed in the context of the importance of VET providers by John Mitchel from the Campus Review.

Read the article here.


June 2012

TAFE Western Economic Impact Report

Tom recently attended a luncheon at TAFE Western Institute in Orange to discuss a recent report prepared by WRI on the Economic Impact of TAFE Western.

He discussed the results with Prime News here.

Funding Win for Dubbo Regional Athletics Centre

Dubbo City Concil has been awarded $3.5m from the Regional Development Australia Fund for the Barden Park Regional Centre for excellence in athletics. In securing the funds, DCC engaged WRI to provided an independant analysis to support the application.

Read the Dubbo Daily Liberal's article here.


May 2013

Smoke and Mirrors Budget - Western Advocate

Tom's take on the recent Federal Budget as published in Thursday's Western Advocate.

Read the article here.

Lithgow wages best in Region

Tom discusses wages in the central west region with the Western Advocate.

Read the article here.

Post Budget Forum

Bathurst Business Chamber will be holding a Post Budget Forum this coming Tuesday night (15th May) including WRI CEO Tom Murphy as a panelist. Tom will be joined on the panel by Adrian Finch from Reliance Credit Union, Senator Matt Thistlethwaite, Duty Senator for Calare and David Cooke, Regional Principal at WHK Central West.

Organiser Jess Jennings said of the event “This forum is a big step in that direction by creating a public conversation that all Bathurst people and businesses can attend to either ask specific questions and learn about local economic impacts, or just listen to what the expert panel has to say.”

Although organised by the Bathurst Business Chamber, the event is open to the community, and will cover the impacts of the budget, not only on business. The Post Budget Forum will be held at 6pm at the Flannery Centre, Bathurst.

Questions and issues for the forum can be raised at the event or submitted via the Bathurst Business Chamber Facebook page.

Read the Western Advocate's wrap up of the forum here


April 2012

B2B encourages people to visit CW Region

Tom discusses some of the other postive impacts, aside from encouraging community participation in sport, of the Blayney to Bathurst bike ride.

read the article in the Western Advocate here.


February 2012

Mining Contractors Leave Orange

After the peak period of development at East Cadia Mine, many contractors are winding down operations in Orange. Tom spoke with the Central Western Daily about what this might mean for the city's economy.

Read the article here.


January 2012

Orange Baby Boom

Tom spoke with the Central Western Daily about the 2011 Orange Baby Boom, commenting that an continuing upward trend could have good benefits on the economy and community.

Read the Central Western Daily Article here.