New role to facilitate NW jobs, tenders
Karratha’s local business chamber has welcomed the appointment of a Pilbara Development Commission position focused on keeping jobs and tenders in the Pilbara.
The new role will enhance the commission’s existing local business support and aligns with the agency’s strategy to build a robust and diverse small to medium business sector.
The news also comes as the State Government signs on Terry Hill as PDC director until 2021.
Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive John Lally said anything which encouraged small business was welcome.
“The overall pop may have fallen slightly but demographics have changed dramatically, meaning there are many more families in town now, which creates different opportunities,” he said.
“There are new opportunities arising at the moment in tourism and services and I think if people can be helped along those lines that would be great.
“I am happy the new Government is focusing on tourism, local procurement and jobs.”
Pilbara Development Commission manager strategy and knowledge Justin Fromm, who will lead the program in the Pilbara, said the program would build on efforts to support small business.
“There are strong links to the region’s business incubator network which is being established to support start-ups and expanding businesses,” he said.
The role will include support for businesses writing tenders, promoting local employment opportunities and establishing a regional capability database.
Government jobs and tender portals are also front and centre on the commission’s website home page, making it easier for local businesses to search for opportunities. Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said training for the roles would begin this month.