Regional road map launched
■ 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.