Push to host ma­jor events

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The Red Earth Arts Precinct could be the host of next year’s De­vel­op­ing North­ern Aus­tralia Con­fer­ence.

The City of Kar­ratha is in talks to host sev­eral ma­jor con­fer­ences in the build­ing within months of its an­tic­i­pated com­ple­tion next year.

The Aus­tralian Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tres As­so­ci­a­tion Con­fer­ence is another big event in talks to pos­si­bly bring their events to the new precinct.

Both the De­vel­op­ing North­ern Aus­tralia Con­fer­ence and Aus­tralian Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tres As­so­ci­a­tion Con­fer­ence are the ma­jor an­nual con­ven­tions for their re­spec­tive groups and at­tract hun­dreds of del­e­gates from across the coun­try each year.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the in­ter­est was the re­sult of lo­cal gov­ern­ment lob­by­ing to hold na­tional events at the precinct and get it started on the right foot.

“In an ef­fort to at­tract na­tional and in­ter­na­tional busi­ness and vis­i­tors to our re­gion, City staff have been work­ing hard to se­cure ma­jor con­fer­ences to be hosted at the new Red Earth Arts Precinct next year,” he said.

“At this month’s coun­cil meet­ing a funding pro­posal will be con­sid­ered to at­tract the Aus­tralian Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tres As­so­ci­a­tion 2018 Con­fer­ence.”

Cr Long said se­cur­ing the host­ing rights for such ma­jor events at the precinct would be a win for lo­cal spend­ing and tourism.

“Se­cur­ing high-pro­file con­fer­ences for the Red Earth Arts Precinct will pro­vide a sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic boost for ac­com­mo­da­tion providers and lo­cal busi­nesses in the re­gion, with at­ten­dees com­ing from in­ter­state and over­seas,” he said.

APACA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Rick Heath said the Kar­ratha arts precinct was at­trac­tive be­cause it would give voice to the “la­tent creative tal­ent” in town and pro­vide an im­por­tant new link in the WA tour­ing cir­cuit.

“I’m so ex­cited about the po­ten­tial to host the con­fer­ence and our Per­form­ing Arts Ex­change in Kar­ratha be­cause it will sur­prise peo­ple,” he said.

“The op­por­tu­nity to con­nect hun­dreds of Aus­tralia’s creative and arts man­age­ment lead­ers with that en­vi­ron­ment is rare and will no doubt pro­duce think­ing and ex­pe­ri­ences and out­comes that we can’t even imag­ine — but I’m en­tirely con­fi­dent it will be a place that in­spires peo­ple.”

Host lo­ca­tions for both of the 2018 events are ex­pected to be con­firmed in com­ing months.

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