Pil­bara set for new era

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ali­cia Perera

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.

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