Jobs growth, economy in chief’s plans

Zoe Keenan and Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Mellisa Teede is the new chief executive of the South West Development Commission.
Camera IconMellisa Teede is the new chief executive of the South West Development Commission. Credit: Supplied

The peak body representing the interests of the South West has a new chief executive officer.

Mellisa Teede has joined the team at the South West Development as the chief executive and believes the region is well-positioned for job creation and economic sustainability.

Ms Teede has more than 20 years experience in the public sector and her experience includes being the chief executive of the Peel Development Commission from 2012 to 2015.

With a background in education she said the region should be focussed on training the younger generations to capitalise on new industries and jobs in the future.

“We’ve got tremendous skills and expertise in the region but we need to continue to develop our workforce and build on skills and creativity,” she said.

“We know there are critical skills shortages and there will be new skills and new apprentices in the future.

“So we need to be on the front foot with our local TAFE and University.”

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said Ms Teede brought a drive and regional development experience to her role.

“Her deep understanding of workforce development will help the South West to capitalise on growing industry opportunities in the region,” Ms MacTiernan said.

“The South West delivers much for our State’s economy and our Government is driving forward initiatives to diversify and grow the region.

“... everything from battery metals and advanced manufacturing to value-added agriculture and regional tourism.”

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