New role to fa­cil­i­tate NW jobs, ten­ders

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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