Tamworth has been recognised as Australia’s first official ‘Defence Reserves Supportive Employer City’ at a Civic Reception in Peel Street this morning.
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, said the City of Tamworth was awarded the title following the incredibly high percentage of local businesses which have formally pledged their support to Defence Reservists.
He said the award was made possible through the efforts of the Tamworth Business Chamber, which has been actively promoting the benefits of employing Reservists to its members.
“More than 60 per cent of the chamber’s 450-plus members have signed on as Supportive Employers. Between now and September, it is expected that figure will rise to at least 80 per cent,” Senator Feeney said.
“It’s great to see the Tamworth Business Chamber showing community leadership in supporting the Australian Defence Force, its members and their families. This campaign will help educate local businesses on both the benefits and responsibilities of having an employee who serves part-time in the ADF,” Senator Feeney said.
Employers of Reservists benefit from the specialised training, management and leadership skills that all Reservists develop through Defence service.
Tamworth’s latest Supportive Employers received Certificates of Recognition from the ADF that were specially delivered by a Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle (PMV) from the 12th/16th Hunter River Lancers.
Imagery of today’s ceremony is available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/12133628
To find out more about becoming a Supportive Employer please visit: www.defencereservessupport.gov.au/statement
Senator Feeney’s office: Jeffrey Von Drehnen 0477 348 476
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