Lead­er­ship group in WA en­gine room

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A group of WA’s high­est fly­ers from a range of in­dus­try, pub­lic sec­tor and com­mu­nity ser­vice bod­ies con­verged on the Pil­bara last week for an an­nual lead­er­ship field trip.

In one of its two re­gional WA field trips each year, Lead­er­ship WA brought its 2017 crop of Sig­na­ture Pro­gram par­tic­i­pants to Kar­ratha for a whirl­wind tour to ex­pose them to dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences and ideas im­por­tant for a strong un­der­stand­ing of the State.

Among the group of about 40 lead­ers were high-level con­sul­tants, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, po­lice of­fi­cers and emer­gency ser­vice work­ers, not-for-profit sec­tor lead­ers and small busi­ness op­er­a­tors from across WA.

Lead­er­ship WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Robin McClel­lan said be­cause of its his­tory, cul­ture and role as an eco­nomic driv­ing force, the Pil­bara was one of a few key places WA lead­ers should ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore they could claim to re­ally un­der­stand their State.

“If you want to say you are giv­ing peo­ple a glimpse at least into what drives the State, there are some log­i­cal places that spring to mind,” she said. “So you’ve got Kar­ratha, Broome, Ku­nunurra — you have to come up to the north at some point — Kal­go­or­lie to some de­gree, and then the South (West).

“We try to look for what kind of di­ver­sity we can find in the ex­pe­ri­ences, and Kar­ratha re­ally of­fers that in a way that I don’t think we would find in other places in the north where we can reach real­is­ti­cally.”

Vis­its to the Bur­rup Penin­sula, Cos­sack, Dampier Port op­er­a­tions, op­er­a­tional mine sites, the Yande­yarra com­mu­nity and Red Dog Driv­ing School all fea­tured on the group’s three-day field trip itin­er­ary.

Ms McClel­lan said Lead­er­ship WA was founded about 13 years ago to break down the bar­ri­ers be­tween lead­ers across dif­fer­ent in­dus­try sec­tors and de­velop their abil­ity to give back to the State, which re­quired a good un­der­stand­ing of the most im­por­tant fea­tures and is­sues in WA.

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