Con­fer­ence to show New Pil­bara

Pilbara News - - News - Tay­lar Amonini

Dubbed The New Pil­bara 2, the Pil­bara’s hid­den fu­ture will be re­vealed to stake­hold­ers and busi­nesses at this year’s Pil­bara Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Con­fer­ence.

With a fo­cus on di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion and growth, it’s hoped next month’s event draws more than 400 guests to Perth’s Hy­att Re­gency to hear from more than 10 speak­ers from a range of sec­tors. At the con­fer­ence — the brain­child of Kar­ratha Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try chief ex­ec­u­tive John Lally — del­e­gates will hear about di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Pil­bara out­side of the min­ing in­dus­try.

“This is a very rel­e­vant and ex­cit­ing time for us in the North West — the Pil­bara is the most im­por­tant part of the State and I dare say the broader Aus­tralian econ­omy,” Mr Lally said.

“That’s why we call it the New Pil­bara, we know what the old Pil­bara has done, we want to look at what the new Pil­bara does.”

The one-day con­fer­ence, which will be pre­sented by the Kar­ratha, Port Hed­land, New­man and Onslow cham­bers of com­merce, will fea­ture pre­sen­ta­tions on the eco­nomic state of the re­gion and in­vest­ment pri­or­ity ar­eas that will un­block the eco­nomic po­ten­tial.

“I think the big­gest is­sue here is the per­cep­tion; peo­ple think every­thing has stopped in the Pil­bara be­cause min­ing con­struc­tion has stopped, which just isn’t the case,” Mr Lally said.

“What we have now is there’s $5 bil­lion of main­te­nance and pro­duc­tion work in the min­ing in­dus­try, hous­ing has be­come more af­ford­able and fam­i­lies are mov­ing up here, cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the ser­vice and tourism in­dus­try.”

Mr Lally said he be­lieved the Pil­bara would with­stand the fluc­tu­a­tions in the re­source sec­tor and come out on top. Speak­ers this year will in­clude Min­is­ter for Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Alan­nah MacTier­nan, Re­gional Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try of WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Kitty Prodonovich, Cham­ber of Min­er­als and En­ergy of West­ern Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Ni­cole Roocke and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Wood­side En­ergy, Hori­zon Power, Pil­bara Re­gional Coun­cil and CCIWA.

Reg­is­tra­tions are now open and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found at the­new­pil­bara.com.au.

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