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About Us

What do we do at WNWW?

There are many different paths leading to employment, education and training and we know there may be many roadblocks. We are committed to supporting people seeking work as they deal with these obstacles.

We will establish strong foundations with business, industry, community, and education and training providers to connect people seeking work, upskilling, or retraining with employers on the West Coast, North West Coast, and King Island.

By engaging our community in respectful and purposeful conversations we can empower people to participate in the labour market by supporting growth and development.

West North West Working is part of the Tasmanian Government’s Regional Jobs Hub Network, supported by Jobs Tasmania, Department of State Growth.

Meet the team

Danielle

Program Manager
Danielle brings an extensive career in system development through strategic design and stakeholder relationship management. Danielle listens to community, business and industry about the issues that concern them, and works together for the best outcomes for all participants in the employment system.

Tameka

Regional Business & Industry Officer
Tameka has worked in Employment Services, Certified Training & Apprenticeships and Traineeship contract management. With 30 years experience, spanning retail operations, employment services, Training Services and Business Development. She thrives on continuous improvement opportunities within projects and programs to help achieve successful outcomes for the local community.

Brooklyn

Regional Communications & Connections Officer
Brooklyn brings an extensive skillset and is passionate about bringing people together to share their lived experiences and develop the relationships of business, industry and community. She is passionate about storytelling by producing informative, educational and inspiring content to advocate the success stories of our region’s residents and the communities they thrive in.

Jacki

Local Engagement Officer
Jacki is passionate about seeing people grow and prosper. She comes from a private enterprise background and bring perspective from both a previous employer/ business owner and an employee in the context of local government, private and corporate organisations. Having grown up in the region, she understands the industries within the region and the intertwined relationships and meaningful community connections.

Alyssia

Local Engagement Officer
Alyssia is passionate about aligning employees and employers towards their desired professions though her extensive state wide recruitment skillset specializing in the Construction, Mining and Manufacturing sectors. Alyssia is eager to assist job seekers, business and industry by seeking sustainable long-term solutions to the challenges unique to the Burnie and Wynyard regions.

Sarah

Local Engagement Officer
Sarah has a wealth of experience in customer service, Aged Care support and employment services. Sarah is motivated about providing network support to ensure the success of the Central Coast area. She loves to support local initiatives so she can best support and manage business, industry and employment connections in the region.

Amelia

Local Engagement Officer
Amelia brings strong leadership and management skills, and prides herself on detailed planning and organisation. She brings extensive experience in customer service and her bubbly personality and strong solution-driven mindset. She is passionate about connecting and networking local business, industry and trade to enhance the lives and livelihoods of her fellow Wild West Coasters.

Our Board Committee

Kate Ettlin

Kathleen is an elected member of Circular Head Council,  committee member of Regional Development Australia (Tasmania), former Chair and current member of the Circular Head Education and Training Consultative Committee, and a driving force behind the Circular Head regional workforce planning study. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Kathleen has extensive experience in manufacturing, agriculture, nanotechnology measurement and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sectors and is currently undertaking post-doctoral research on ‘The future of work in regions’ through the University of Tasmania.  

Vonette Mead

Co-owner and Operations Manager of Mead Con a construction company in Tasmania.  Vonette has over three decades of experience in the construction industry. An ambassador for Women in Construction, Vonette promotes industry awareness, opportunities and career pathways in the industry.  Vonette is board member of Master Builders Tasmania and outgoing board member and deputy chair of Keystone, the Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Board.

Throughout appointments on boards and committees, Vonette draws on knowledge and experience working in construction across industries throughout Tasmania.  Deputy Mayor with Latrobe Council, Vonette has a lifelong connection to agriculture and a passion for community.  Vonette continues to expand networks and develop skills and knowledge to ensure she is well placed to perform her duties and obligations in board roles and in local government.

Michael Badcock

Michael is a sixth generation farmer and is providing the Board Committee with his wealth of knowledge gained over many years to help develop new opportunities and make the most of the advantages in the region.

Helen Thomas

Helen has over 28 years work experience across a range of industries, including multinational blue chip corporations, small family businesses, and not-for-profit and charitable organisations. This broad experience has proved valuable for her current role as Growth & Strategy Manager at King Island Council. Within this role, she has responsibility for economic development, brand management, procurement, project management and support for the Island’s tourism industry. This breadth of engagement across industries and communities gives Helen insight into many of the challenges faced and opportunities available to King Islanders, particularly in the realms of employment. She is a passionate advocate for her community and strives to balance growth and increased opportunity for the Island’s residents with protection of its unique environment and community.

Originally from the UK, Helen moved to King Island with her family six years ago to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle. She is thoroughly enjoying the busy realities of life in a small and vibrant community. 

Ian Jones

A senior business leader with twenty years of experience in managing Fortune 500 corporate divisions across the Asia Pacific region based in Sydney and Shenzhen.  President of the local chamber of commerce, Business Northwest (2017-2023) and was recently elected to the board of TCCI.   Heavily involved in the local veteran community as Vice President of the North West Tasmanian Veteran Welfare Board, Ian is also on the board of several leading regional economic organisations including West North West Working, Regional Economic Development Committee, CBD Reference Group and Youth Pathways. Ian was awarded Burnie City Council Citizen of the Year on Australia Day 2022.

Sarah Jones

Shane Pitt

Shane was first elected as a Councillor in 2009 and says he is “very passionate about the West Coast having lived here my entire life, I see the value of what we can offer the rest of the world.”

Shane is a born and bred West Coaster, residing in Queenstown, he attended St Joseph’s Catholic School, Murray High School and did Trade Training at West Coast Community College. Shane has worked on the West Coast for 37 Years, predominantly in the mining industry, he was partner in an Electrical Contracting Business for 25 years and more recently is employed at Bluestone Tin Mine as an Electrical Specialist.

Shane is the Chair of Council’s Education and Training Advisory Committee. He also sit on Council’s Audit Panel Committee and is Council’s Representative to the Cradle Coast Authority.

Shane is active in the community and is Scout Leader Queenstown and has been part of the Scout Group for 32 years. Addtionally, he is President of The Queenstown Club, President of Mountain Heights School Association, Past President and now Public Officer  for Queenstown Anglers Club, Past President and now Public Officer of Queenstown Lions Club, Previous Chair and now Deputy Chair for the Unconformity Board.

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