Sta­tis­tics show emer­gence of new faces

Pilbara News - - Opinion -

If the lat­est Cen­sus data is any­thing to go by, it’s clear the days of mid­dle-aged men in high-vis dom­i­nat­ing the Pil­bara’s de­mo­graph­ics are fad­ing away.

This is good news for lo­cal busi­nesses in the re­gion as a greater num­ber of women, fam­i­lies and young peo­ple are mak­ing the de­ci­sion to stay or re­lo­cate to the Pil­bara.

Any­one who has re­cently vis­ited Kar­ratha or Port Hed­land will tell you a trans­for­ma­tion is un­der way and that Pil­bara towns are no longer seen as dusty min­ing out­posts. Rather, the re­gion is gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion as a di­verse, vi­brant, at­trac­tive place to live, work and raise a fam­ily.

Th­ese changes have not oc­curred by ac­ci­dent, but as a re­sult of the de­vel­op­ment vi­sion fa­cil­i­tated by the Na­tion­als and Roy­al­ties for Re­gions.

Few could ar­gue the im­pact Roy­al­ties for Re­gions has had in bring­ing the Pil­bara into the 21st cen­tury cul­mi­nat­ing in im­proved hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity, up­grades to in­fra­struc­ture, in­vest­ments into new health and ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties and sus­tain­able lo­cal busi­ness de­vel­op­ment.

For lo­cal MP Kevin Michel to stand in the Par­lia­ment and crit­i­cise Roy­al­ties for Re­gions in Par­lia­ment last week was stag­ger­ing.

Pil­bara peo­ple should not for­get that un­der the pre­vi­ous La­bor Gov­ern­ment just $80 mil­lion was al­lo­cated to re­gional de­vel­op­ment projects over four years across the en­tire State.

Com­pare that $20 mil­lion a year for all re­gional WA against the $1.7 bil­lion al­lo­cated to the Pil­bara alone be­tween 2008-2017 and it is clear La­bor has no cred­i­bil­ity when it comes to re­gional de­vel­op­ment. Jac­qui Boy­dell WA Na­tion­als deputy leader

Cen­sus data has re­vealed the changing na­ture of the Pil­bara. Pic­ture: Nic El­lis

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