About Welcome to Bundaberg
Welcome to Bundaberg is an evidence-informed regional attraction and retention strategy to address workforce shortages in Bundaberg. A resource for new residents and visitors to the region. Bringing together the people of Bundaberg to support new and existing residents, so that we can build a thriving Bundaberg Community for everyone.
The Welcome to Bundaberg project includes a physical welcome pack, a magazine, a website, an app , education and local community connectors. These resources aim to help people with finding a home and job, make connections across neighbourhoods, investigate Bundaberg’s diverse business and industry landscape and connect people with shared interests, skills and passions.
Who is behind Welcome to Bundaberg?
Welcome to Bundaberg is an initiative of Wide Bay Kids Community Inc founded in 2012 by sisters Angela Twyford and Gayle Reynolds.
A Bundaberg based not-for-profit social enterprise committed to connecting people living in the Bundaberg region with each other, with services and business. Wide Bay Kids welcome and support diverse families, business and community service partnerships to walk alongside evidence-informed projects and promotion, to build better relationships, better collaboration and a better region.
How can we help your business?
Welcome to Bundaberg aims to help local businesses and industry attract and retain their new resident hires. From primary and secondary research conducted in 2021-2023 we have developed an Attraction and Retention Framework to address workforce shortages especially for Bundaberg. We know that during the first 12 months people are adjusting to change and the change process of starting a new job in a new town is stressful, lonely and exhausting.
We use evidence informed frameworks, developed by Dr Cath Cosgrave from the Attract Connect Stay, to support businesses and industry new resident hires to feel like they belong in the Bundaberg community.
How can we support community?
Welcome to Bundaberg uses Asset Based Community Development frameworks in combination with economic development principals to provide a sustainable community driven development project.
The Welcome to Bundaberg resources aim to help people with finding a home and job, make connections across neighbourhoods, investigate Bundaberg’s diverse business and industry landscape and connect people with shared interests, skills and passions.
A connected community achieves;
- A belonging community culture
- A whole family approach to attraction and retention
- Promotes social connection across neighbourhoods