The recent Kimberley-Pilbara Forum produced some good ideas, which the Councils will need to follow up on. While the list of suggestions was long, key points included:
WA State and local governments need to liaise more closely and apply for the range of grants available through the Federal Government.
Local government is generally well regarded for its communication with its Aboriginal citizens, but more needs to be done when planning new projects to bring Aboriginal people along from the outset.
WA needs to give more policy and decision-making authority to government officials living in the regions.
The Pilbara economy is subject to cycles of major mining construction followed by drops in investment. This needs to be recognised and planned for so asset price variability can be minimised.
The Pilbara is in a mining boom: product exports are at record levels and will continue at this rate for a long time to come. This is a great opportunity for local firms.
Local government needs to avoid a mendicant mentality and to come to politicians with a path to solve problems.
A naval defence presence is required in the North. Local businesses should be given the chance to provide supplies and maintenance for existing defence infrastructure in the region.