Kimba looks into gaps in workforce

Kimba District Council will conduct a business gaps analysis and develop a workforce plan prior to construction starting at the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Napandee.

The council have also purchased Spendmapp, a data tracking program that tracks spending in and out of town based on EFTPOS spending by postcode.

The software is utilised by several other districts on the Eyre Peninsula.

"The Kimba Workforce Plan is in conjunction with Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula and we've been doing an analysis in the extra skills we need and how businesses can take advantage of the construction of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility and ways to diversify," said Kimba mayor Dean Johnson.

"We're looking at the gaps, for example we don't have a plumber in town at the moment, so we'd be trying to get not just one but two or three.

"We really want to try and maximise (business) locally and in the region so we can have as many benefits stay on the Eyre Peninsula as possible."

Mr Johnson said they "may well" be applying for funding for the plan through the second round of the NRWMF $2 million community benefits program announced in October last year.

He said the application process would hopefully open this month with community groups able to apply for grant funding and the council also looking to upgrade their health centre.

Mr Johnson said $8 million over four years from the $31 million community site package will help in the development of business and skills in the area.