Thomas Foods workers invited to Regional Development Australia, jobs available

Regional Development Australia is located at 137 Adelaide Road, Murray Bridge. Photo: File.
Regional Development Australia is located at 137 Adelaide Road, Murray Bridge. Photo: File.

The fire is out, the town hall relief centre has closed, but help remains available for families struggling in the wake of the Thomas Foods International (TFI) fire.

More than 100 jobs have been made available at Murraylands businesses since January 3.

An employer liaison officer and an employment facilitator from the federal Department of Jobs and Small Business have been working at Regional Development Australia's Murray Bridge office in recent weeks, coordinating job offers and helping people find whatever training they might need.

The department's state manager, Bruce Needham, said the fire had been a big hit, but there was still a bigger jobs picture in the region.

TFI was a big hit, but there's still a bigger jobs picture in the region.

Bruce Needham

"There's still an active job market," he said.

"For people on stand-down looking for a gap-filler, but who want to remain on TFI's payroll, we're routing our employment resources ... through RDA.

"RDA are really proactive, working with the state and Australian governments, and have quite a few employers looking for workers."

Although workers on stand-down cannot access unemployment benefits, Mr Needham said they could still use the Jobactive network to find work or training, as could their partners.

In a statement, Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the federal government was concerned for the wellbeing of TFI workers and their families.

"This is a really tough time for TFI workers and the Murray Bridge community but we stand with them to help them get back on their feet," he said.

"Our first priority is to ensure that all affected workers are supported and have work so they can continue to support their families."

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said she knew it was an uncertain time, but there were temporary work options out there.

  • More information: Visit Regional Development Australia at 137 Adelaide Road, Murray Bridge, call the Employment Services Information Line on 13 62 68 or go to www.jobactive.gov.au.

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