Fo­rum fol­low-up

Pilbara News - - News - Peter Long Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor

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.

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