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