Recruiting for workers at the Regional Investment Corporation’s new Orange headquarters has begun.
The federal government farm bank loans body is seeking up to 32 workers in a range of corporate, agri-finance and executive roles.
Work has also begun on fitting out the body’s new headquarters which will be on the top floor of the Service NSW building on the corner of Kite Street and Lords Place.
Chair of the RIC board David Foster said people in Orange were invited to apply for the roles.
“We expect these roles to be filled by a range of professionals, both locals and those moving to Orange for a lifestyle change,” he said.
The RIC will offer low-interest loans to farmers who are in financial need and will also provide finance for the construction of major water infrastructure projects.
“The RIC will be a very customer focussed workplace,” he said.
“We will be helping producers when they need assistance and then helping them set up for the future.
Country people have just as much right to a well-paid public sector job as city people do.David Littleproud, Agriculture and water resources minister
“The establishment team will play a vital role in shaping the agency’s culture and ethos, and be instrumental in helping to administer finance solutions for farmers and regional communities.”
Federal agriculture and water resources minister David Littleproud said Orange had become an agricultural finance hub.
“Country people have just as much right to a well-paid public sector job as city people do,” he said.
“Public sector jobs create lots of flow-on jobs, which is why we’re so keen on decentralisation.
“The RIC will spur investment and growth in regional and rural Australia.”
Mr Littleproud said it strengthened the economy to have people move to regional centres from big cities.
“For every 100,000 Australians who choose to live in growing regional cities, $50 billion is released into the economy over 30 years through reduced congestion costs in the big cities and increased consumption in the growing regions,” he said.
“We want to move more services to regional areas and bring new high paying jobs to the bush to help these towns grow.”
The RIC is expected to be operational in its new office in Orange before the end of the year.
It was originally announced by then deputy premier Barnaby Joyce in Orange in May 2017.
The job applications for the RIC close at 11am on Monday October 29.
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