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Latrobe City Council has written to Telstra Corporation expressing disgust at the telecommunication giant’s decision to close its Moe Call Centre.
 
The council was also disgusted at the telcos lack of commitment to regional Australia.
 
Telstra will close its Moe call centre on 13 April, meaning its 114 workers will have to look for new jobs.
 
Latrobe City Mayor, Darrell White, said it was “extremely disappointing” that Telstra showed a disregard for regional Australia and a “lack of consideration” of the impacts that this closure will have on the Latrobe City community.
 
“In 2001 when the Telstra agreement was signed, Moe was experiencing a high unemployment rate of 15.3 per cent,” he said.
 
“This prompted council’s bid to attract Telstra to Latrobe City which included a payment of $500,000 under council’s then Business Attraction Policy, binding Telstra to the creation of 300 full time jobs for a minimum period of three years.”
 
Latrobe City deputy mayor, Sharon Gibson, said in addition to the terrible impacts on those who are losing their jobs in the Moe area, Council feels cheated by Telstra because of the cash contribution that was made.
 
“Although the call centre has been operating for much longer than three years, Telstra has turned its back on regional Australia by moving its business to Melbourne and the Philippines,” she claimed.
 
Latrobe City Council was proactive in diversifying the economy and attracting major new employers to the region.
 
Although the call centre building is privately owned, council will continue to endeavour to assist the owner in attracting a new lease for the building.
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'The Meeting Place' - one of the entries into the City of Sydney's By George: Hidden Networks annual Laneways art exhibition.
Image: Courtesy of City of Sydney



By Rob O’Brien
 
Five regional and urban councils from across Australia will come together next month to showcase groundbreaking arts projects they have helped design to creatively engage their communities.
 
The councils – Charters Towers Regional Council (Qld), the City of Greater Geelong (Vic), Liverpool (NSW), Latrobe (Vic) and the rural city of Wangaratta (Vic) – will all present their initiatives as part of the Generations project at the Regenerating Community Conference in Melbourne.

The Generations project, created by the Cultural Development Network (CDN), was developed to explore the links between engagement in community-based arts activities and active civic engagement at a time when councils are under pressure on a number of different fronts.  

Each council project has developed collaborations between local government, artists and communities based around global issues or ongoing concerns to the community.

“The main goal of the Generations project was to examine and explore the role of arts to civic engagement or local communities,” said CDN program manager Kim Dunphy.

“There’s been a lot of research previously into how the arts benefits health and wellbeing and economic development, but we felt this area of civic engagement with the big issues communities face was a link not well explored.”

Initiatives undertaken for the Generations project tackle issues such as climate change adaptation, improving indigenous relations, youth disengagement and providing for an ageing population.  

Dunphy said the research component of the project would benefit future council initiatives.

“The intention is that people will learn from that research how to do things differently in the future,” she said.

The five councils have come together twice a year over the three-year period of the project to discuss progress and learnings.

Chris Gibson, associate professor in human geography at the University of Wollongong, said that an increased emphasis on the arts, particularly in remote communities, could not only improve engagement but could address issues such as skills shortages and unemployment.

“The arts were increasingly seen by local governments in the 80s and 90s as a way of creating social inclusion, connecting with migrant communities – there was a community development emphasis of the arts.

“In the last five years or so it has become much more linked to economic development strategies. Local governments are increasingly seeing arts programs as potential incubators for creative industries.”
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Latrobe City Council has written to Telstra Corporation expressing disgust at the telecommunication giant’s decision to close its Moe Call Centre.
 
The council was also disgusted at the telcos lack of commitment to regional Australia.
 
Telstra will close its Moe call centre on 13 April, meaning its 114 workers will have to look for new jobs.
 
Latrobe City Mayor, Darrell White, said it was “extremely disappointing” that Telstra showed a disregard for regional Australia and a “lack of consideration” of the impacts that this closure will have on the Latrobe City community.
 
“In 2001 when the Telstra agreement was signed, Moe was experiencing a high unemployment rate of 15.3 per cent,” he said.
 
“This prompted council’s bid to attract Telstra to Latrobe City which included a payment of $500,000 under council’s then Business Attraction Policy, binding Telstra to the creation of 300 full time jobs for a minimum period of three years.”
 
Latrobe City deputy mayor, Sharon Gibson, said in addition to the terrible impacts on those who are losing their jobs in the Moe area, Council feels cheated by Telstra because of the cash contribution that was made.
 
“Although the call centre has been operating for much longer than three years, Telstra has turned its back on regional Australia by moving its business to Melbourne and the Philippines,” she claimed.
 
Latrobe City Council was proactive in diversifying the economy and attracting major new employers to the region.
 
Although the call centre building is privately owned, council will continue to endeavour to assist the owner in attracting a new lease for the building.
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Council disgusted at closure of Moe call centre

Latrobe City Council has written to Telstra Corporation expressing disgust at the telecommunication giant’s decision to close its Moe Call Centre.   The council was also disgusted at the telcos lack of commitment to regional Australia.   Telstra will close its Moe call centre on 13 April, meaning its 114 workers will have to look […]

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Arts the key to future generations

'The Meeting Place' – one of the entries into the City of Sydney's By George: Hidden Networks annual Laneways art exhibition. Image: Courtesy of City of Sydney By Rob O’Brien   Five regional and urban councils from across Australia will come together next month to showcase groundbreaking arts projects they have helped design to creatively […]