WORDS | Therese Ejsak, Peel Development Commission

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Every workplace has a team of staff working tirelessly to bring projects, strategies and outcomes to life. In this issue, the Commission welcomes a new team member.

Introducing Therese Ejsak, Local Content Adviser

Q What drew you to the role of Local Content Adviser?

The role of the Local Content Adviser at the Peel Development Commission focuses on raising awareness, promotion and supporting the implementation of the Western Australian Jobs Act 2017.

The role provides advice to local businesses and State Government agencies with a key objective being to increase the number of Government contracts awarded to Peel businesses. The role engages with lead contractors to promote the employment of local people in projects.

The Local Content Advisor role is there to build capacity and capability within local businesses and is a conduit connecting local suppliers and job seekers to relevant government agencies, industry, businesses, Aboriginal corporations and training stakeholders.

Q What do you love about your region?

The Peel region is renowned for its diverse landscapes and unique natural features. The magnificent waterways are breathtaking and complement the beautiful coastal areas. There is such an abundance of activities in the region that can be undertaken by not only the residents but also tourists.

There are many thriving industries offering employment and investment opportunities and the Peel is a key hub for agriculture and food innovation in Western Australia

Q Tell us something about yourself;

I have been lucky in that I have had quite a varied career. I have worked in the banking industry and in accounts administration in a number of businesses. I then became a teacher working for the Department of Education teaching across quite a few faculties including English, History and Legal Studies, and also was Head Teacher of Secondary Studies focusing on student welfare.

At TAFE NSW I have taught Business Law, Commerce and Communications. I spent a number of years as a Careers Adviser counselling students and providing information on career choices and further study opportunities.

More recently I undertook the role of Business Services Manager at the Peel Development Commission, and for the past two years I have been the Business Services Manager at Hurlstone Agricultural High School.

In my new role as Local Content Adviser for the Peel region, I look forward to working with a wide range of stakeholders and maximising the participation of regional businesses in regional contracting opportunities.