Con­fer­ence looks for Pil­bara re­nais­sance

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The min­ing down­turn has opened a win­dow of op­por­tu­nity for new in­dus­try in the Pil­bara and the re­gion’s lead­ers are keen to make the most of it.

That was the mes­sage of last week’s land­mark New Pil­bara con­fer­ence at the Hy­att in Perth.

The con­fer­ence fo­cused on the need to seize new in­dus­tries with both hands.

With del­e­gates in­clud­ing big­name politi­cians, busi­ness lead­ers and Pil­bara lo­cal gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the event was the per­fect plat­form to spruik the pos­si­bil­ity for new in­dus­try to an au­di­ence of more than 300.

But un­der­pin­ning the en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit of the con­fer­ence was the no-frills re­al­ity that the multi­bil­lion-dol­lar min­ing in­dus­try will re­main the back­bone of the Pil­bara econ­omy — but new in­dus­tries are needed to make peo­ple visit and stay.

Among the top­ics dis­cussed were tourism; air­fares; agri­cul­ture; and small busi­ness.

Pic­ture: Tully Clay­ton

Pil­bara Busi­ness Cen­tre chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Jag­ger, Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill and Kar­ratha Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try John Ver­beek.

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