Diplo­mat delves deeper

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

Aus­tralia’s am­bas­sador to Myan­mar toured the City of Kar­ratha to meet mem­bers of lo­cal gov­ern­ment, in­dus­try and the com­mu­nity last week on a re­gional out­reach tour to help in­form his for­eign af­fairs work.

Ni­cholas Cop­pel, am­bas­sador to the Repub­lic of the Union of Myan­mar, vis­ited Kar­ratha, Dampier and Roe­bourne on a two-day trip last week af­ter the Global Heads of Mis­sion meet­ing in Can­berra for na­tional am­bas­sadors, high com­mis­sion­ers and con­suls­gen­eral.

His itinerary in­cluded a tour of the Wood­side-op­er­ated North West Shelf Project, speak­ing to stu­dents at Kar­ratha Se­nior High School, meet­ing rangers at Mu­ru­juga Na­tional Park and learn­ing about pro­grams at the Ngar­luma Yind­jibarndi Foun­da­tion and Yin­jaa-Barni Art in Roe­bourne.

Mr Cop­pel said am­bas­sadors could choose a part of re­gional or re­mote Aus­tralia to tour af­ter their Can­berra meet­ing to ex­plain their work over­seas and re­ceive feed­back on how to bet­ter serve com­mu­ni­ties.

“I opted to come here to Kar­ratha ba­si­cally be­cause of Wood­side’s big in­vest­ment in Myan­mar,” he said.

“Wood­side’s got the largest sin­gle Aus­tralian in­vest­ment in Myan­mar. It’s in off­shore gas ex­plo­ration and worth quite a lot of money.

“But I’d never seen their oper­a­tions here in Aus­tralia, so this gave me that op­por­tu­nity.”

But Mr Cop­pel said the Kar­ratha area was also “much more than Wood­side” and he had been glad to speak to com­mu­nity groups and school­child­ren as well.

“As an am­bas­sador I rep­re­sent all of Aus­tralia, and be­ing able to speak con­fi­dently and au­thor­i­ta­tively about what’s go­ing on, about, if you like, the real Aus­tralia be­yond the cap­i­tal cities is quite im­por­tant,” he said.

Mr Cop­pel said he might take home some Yin­jaa-Barni Art works for a new chancery of­fice in Myan­mar.

Pic­ture: Alicia Per­era

Aus­tralian am­bas­sador to Myan­mar Ni­cholas Cop­pel, right, met Yin­jaa Barni Art artists Alicia Sandy, with Tee­jay War­rie, 2, Melissa Sandy and Clifton Mack on a two-day trip to the Pil­bara.

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