Chambers expect strong turnout at The New Pilbara

LEADERS in government, industry and business will convene next week for The New Pilbara Economic Development Conference as WA’s powerhouse region is thrown under the limelight.

Hosted by the four Pilbara Regional Chambers of Commerce, the one-day conference at Perth’s Hyatt Regency has attracted strong attendance from all over the state, with over 270 delegates registered for the event.

The program includes WA’s Premier Colin Barnett, Leader of the WA National Party Brendon Grylls, Leader of the Opposition Mark McGowan and Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman.

Minister for Housing and Member for the Pilbara Hon Brendon Grylls said unlocking the potential of the Pilbara will secure the long term future of the region, which is critically important to the state and national economies.

“As a Pilbara resident myself, I have first-hand experience of the opportunities for people living and working in the region,” Mr Grylls said.

“The Pilbara has come a long way since Pilbara Cities was launched in 2008, and offers residents modern community facility, affordable living, high quality education and health services, and new employment opportunities.

“This conference is our chance to share this experience and these opportunities with a broader audience, while also exploring new emerging industries that will shape the region’s economic future.”

Not only will delegates gain insights into government decision making, they will learn how local government and organisations are capatilising on opportunities for growth and development, inbound tourism and international connectivity and the importance of small business and innovation in the Pilbara. 

Terry Hill, CEO of the Pilbara Development Commission and major sponsor said the conference supports the Commission’s aim to position the Pilbara in the best possible way to seize opportunities for growth and diversification.

“It’s been 12 months since the launch of the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint so this is a timely opportunity to reaffirm our priorities for growth and development. The Commission has been working on new projects and initiatives that will facilitate growth in sectors such as tourism, retail-franchise attraction, new energy, as part of the implementation of the Pilbara Blueprint.”

Mr Hill said he hoped the event got people talking about new opportunities in the Pilbara.

“The iron ore and petroleum sectors will undoubtedly remain the backbone of the region’s economy as the largest provider of local employment and investment. However, there are opportunities for the Pilbara to become a global leader in mining innovation and technology, while demand for new minerals, such as lithium, are also bringing diversity to the region’s rich minerals and energy portfolio.

“These economic opportunities, as well as the revitalised communities and affordable living, are the characteristics that are shaping the new Pilbara as a place people are choosing to live, work or start a business,” Mr Hill said. 

 Delegates will also hear from Coriolis Research Director Tim Morris, REFAP CEO Triscilla Holborow as well as Nelson Woss, Producer of iconic Australian film “Red Dog.”

Maxima Opportunity General Manager Steven Gill will take the stage in the afternoon and discuss aquaculture and global demand.

Trandos Farming Managing Director Jim Trandos will follow suit and highlight the potential development of the region. He will also share the story of how Trandos Farming has become the largest grower of sweet corn and beans in Western Australia.

John Lally, CEO of KDCCI said The New Pilbara has something for everyone.

“We can’t wait for next week. The New Pilbara is brimming with high-quality content and opportunity. It’s our chance to educate, inform and influence the very people who have a big impact on our future success.

“A number of new projects will be announced on the day, as well as an exciting new initiative the Pilbara Regional Chambers are launching – The New Pilbara Economic Development Conference is not to be missed!” Mr Lally said. 

In lieu of speaker gifts, the Pilbara Regional Chambers will be donating to The Smith Family Foundation – a children’s charity helping disadvantaged children get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.

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