Pilbara set for new era
A final line-up of 26 speakers to present on opportunities for innovation in the Pilbara has been announced for the 2017 Pilbara Economic Development Conference.
After the success of last year’s inaugural event, more than 400 people are expected to attend the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Perth on Tuesday, August 29, to hear about the diversifying economy and new opportunities being created in the region at the 2017 conference, dubbed The New Pilbara 2.
Among the focuses this year are new energy, agriculture and aquaculture opportunities, tourism and small business as well as innovations in the resource industry.
A prime example is recently announced speaker Dr Matthew Stocks, an Australian National University PhD and research fellow with a plan to create a Pilbara Renewable Energy Precinct by replacing the existing North West Interconnected System with renewable energy generators including hydro electricity, solar and wind power.
“The Pilbara region of Western Australia has one of the best solar resources in the world as well as excellent wind resources and extensive opportunities for pumped hydroelectricity storage,” he said.
Maxima general manager Steven Gill will also provide an update on the edible oyster pilot project and Pilbara Ports Authority’s Jon Giles is set to speak about starting livestock exports from Port Hedland, and Indigenous Art Code chief executive Gabrielle Sullivan will discuss authentic Aboriginal art.
The conference is being hosted by the four Pilbara Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive John Lally said there would be a focus on the region’s many emerging industries.
For information, visit thenewpilbara.com.au.