Re­gional road map launched

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ A road map aim­ing to “re­de­fine” the Pil­bara’s fu­ture in­dus­tries and com­mu­ni­ties has been re­leased by Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man.

The Pil­bara Re­gional In­vest­ment Blue­print was launched by Mr Red­man, who high­lighted agri­cul­ture, aqua­cul­ture, tourism and re­new­able energy as new sources of growth for the re­gion.

Mr Red­man said the blue­print was a plan for the re­gion, by the re­gion, which was crit­i­cal to driv­ing bet­ter out­comes for the Pil­bara.

“Di­ver­si­fy­ing the eco­nomic base of the Pil­bara and lever­ag­ing world-class in­fra­struc­ture of ex­ist­ing in­dus­tries will cre­ate new jobs and new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for the re­gion,” he said.

“Iden­ti­fy­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that cap­i­talise on the Pil­bara’s com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tages will place the re­gion in a strong po­si­tion to seize op­por­tu­ni­ties for long-term, sus­tain­able growth. The Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion will be at the fore­front of a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween all lev­els of gov­ern­ment, busi­ness and com­mu­nity to make the vi­sion a re­al­ity.

Mr Red­man said the vi­sion would build on the suc­cess of the min­er­als and energy in­dus­tries.

Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill said col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween in­dus­try, gov­ern­ment and the com­mu­nity was needed to achieve a pros­per­ous and sus­tain­able fu­ture.

“The Pil­bara will un­doubt­edly con­tinue to be the na­tion’s eco­nomic pow­er­house, with min­eral and energy ex­ports ex­pected to flow for many decades,” he said.

“There is no deny­ing the Pil­bara is in a tran­si­tion phase but chang­ing global mega­trends — such as an in­creas­ing world pop­u­la­tion, ur­ban­i­sa­tion and food se­cu­rity — present op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The com­mis­sion will en­sure the Pil­bara ac­tively pur­sues and at­tracts in­vest­ment to the op­por­tu­ni­ties which have been iden­ti­fied in the blue­print.”

Mr Hill said their study of com­mer­cial al­gae-based aqua­cul­ture was one ex­am­ple of how the blue­print would be im­ple­mented.

The study has noted the po­ten­tial for other com­ple­men­tary in­dus­tries.

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Terry Red­man.


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