Peer Support


Engaging the Economic Development Community Through Networking

An essential part of the Economic Development Network mission is to facilitate peer support among colleagues. This page will be the starting point for that.

2nd Conference Leeton - Follow-Up Thoughts

Thank you to all the delegates who joined us in Leeton for an excellent day of case studies and discussion. We have some follow up information which is shown below.

From Kim Houghton

On the theme of young people leaving (and possibly returning), you might be interested in this post and associated related articles on the US site. I thought it captured some of the dimensions of this debate that we covered on Friday morning.

From Debbi Rodden

For anyone interested, here's the report done for Goulburn:

From Rebecca Gowen

Some people might be interested in this Churchill report from 2004 on attracting and retaining youth also:


Changing Places - President's Message November 25th 2014

I would like to congratulate and thank all who attended the dinner and/or mini-conference in Katoomba and thank our Conference Supporter Remplan.

Feedback to date has been very positive with delegates indicating that they made valuable contacts and picked up some handy hints relevant to the work they do.

The Thursday night dinner provided an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with each other, network and share ideas. It was pleasing to hear offers of help being made around around the tables and discussions relating to possible future partnerships.

This is what EDN is all about – caring and sharing. It may sound a little corny and result in a little eye-rolling but the stand out for me at these events is the passion that economic development people have for their jobs and community.

The Friday conference atmosphere was an extrapolation of the Thursday night as we were joined by the Friday only people.

I believe the speakers from the Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise surprised us all with their tourism statistics regarding the world’s most popular destination for food and wine events.

We shared Paul’s success with a recap of Enliven Pittwater and the impacts it has had, Lisa’s summary of support programs available to help us with our roles and excellent examples of our supporter Remplan’s economic modelling, thank you Matt and Jenny.

As an advocate of the therapeutic value of laughter I hope you also enjoyed my irreverent presentation of Sticky Streets and participation in the world’s fastest Annual General Meeting, well done John.

On a personal note, a more sobering experience was poking my head into the Paragon Café, acknowledged as the oldest café in Australia, and realising that the last time I was there was 45 years ago! How time flies when you are having fun.

Duncan Gilchrist

Changing Places Supported By

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NSW First Workshop Program

NSW First Workshop program in 2016 to help tourism operators in Sydney and regional NSW grow their businesses.

The program extends over the calendar year, delivering new, more targeted content through Market Ready and Export Ready streams.

What’s new in 2016?

  • Extended workshop calendar running throughout 2016
  • 30 workshops in 21 locations around NSW and online
  • Two workshop streams: Market Ready for domestic market development and opportunities and Export Ready for developing and selling export-ready tourism products to international travellers
  • Five workshop categories: hands-on Industry Development workshops; Export Ready 101 seminars; Inbound Strategy workshops; Seller Training sessions for operators attending upcoming trade events; and bite-sized Digital Webinars (webinars are free of charge to attend)
  • Subsidised registration fees to attend workshops

More information on the upcoming workshops can be found here.

Assistance Programs for SME and Microbusiness Current Programs and Products Available To Assist Small and Microbusinesses

 Safety Advisory Visits  For a sole trader or small businesses with less than 50 employees. Provides practical workplace safety and workers compensation and injury management advice that is relevant to their small business.
Advisory Visit Request Form

Rebate Program –
The small business rebate gives up to $500 back to small business owners who buy and install eligible safety equipment to address a safety problem in their workplace. It is open to sole traders or small businesses with up to 50 full-time employees or equivalent

Information  Rebate Program

Application Form Application Form

Mentor Program – Where large business mentors a small business to identify new ways to address safety – need not be from the same industry.


Get Health at Work Program – A free workplace health service that aims to reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases. The free service gives businesses all the tools, resources, and support they need to develop a simple yet effective workplace health program. This can include access to an accredited workplace health provider.

Get Healthy at Work

Micro Assist Program – Helps eligible micro employers (less than 5 workers) by minimising the financial burden of helping workers return to work.


House Construction – Focus on Industry Project – Current program of work with safety video alerts developed, demonstration days occurring, a specific industry mentoring program, housing industry site safety pack available.


Road Freight Transport Focus on Industry Project: Road Freight

Guide – The health and safety information for road freight transport operators information guide should be of use to those of your members in the industry.


Safety Coach Program – Safety Coach Program

Safety Coach Program Registration Form – Registration Form

Falls From Flatbed Trucks Video Alert – Video Alert

Glass and Glazing Project – Series of industry-specific posters developed and video safety alert on storage and handling of glass.

Glass and Glazing

Wood Products Manufacturing Focus on Project – This project has finished however provides useful information for this industry.


Paralympians – Despite suffering permanent disabilities because of a workplace injury, these athletes have gone on to achieve outstanding sporting success. They are available to speak at your workplace, for free. Check out their profiles or book now.

Paralympian Speakers Program

WorkCover Social Media – The Links to These Are Below

Facebook – Find out more about our work and services on our Facebook Page.

Twitter – Follow our Twitter Feed for the latest work health and safety updates, or tweet to us @WorkCoverNSW.

YouTube – Video safety alerts on a range of subject matters available.  YouTube Channel