Bid to lure PM to re­gion

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A third an­nual New Pil­bara Conference has been con­firmed to go ahead in 2018, and Mal­colm Turn­bull could fea­ture as part of its speaker line-up.

Kar­ratha and Districts Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try chief ex­ec­u­tive John Lally said a date was yet to be de­ter­mined as the cham­ber and the Re­gional Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try WA would be writ­ing to in­vite the Prime Min­is­ter to speak and were pre­pared to plan it around his sched­ule.

“Fed­er­ally, even though the Pil­bara ports add mil­lions, even bil­lions, into the econ­omy, we don’t get a lot of at­ten­tion,” he said. “Queens­land and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory get a lot of at­ten­tion, so hav­ing the Prime Min­is­ter there is re­ally to give the peo­ple at­tend­ing the Govern­ment view and also to show­case the Pil­bara to the Fed­eral Govern­ment.”

The New Pil­bara Conference started in late 2016 to show­case emerg­ing in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the re­gion to out­side de­ci­sion-mak­ers.

This year’s conference drew a crowd of about 400 peo­ple to Hy­att Re­gency in Perth, two-thirds of whom were from out­side the Pil­bara.

In an­other ma­jor an­nounce­ment, the Pil­bara cham­bers are also plan­ning to restart in­tra-re­gional eco­nomic con­fer­ences from next year in the vein of the former Pil­bara Pulse events.

Those con­fer­ences will be held each year, butv will al­ter­nate be­tween Port Hed­land and Kar­ratha, start­ing in Hed­land next year.

Mr Lally said feed­back from last month’s New Pil­bara Conference had been “ex­cep­tion­ally good”.

“We do it be­cause we have to do it, be­cause the peo­ple that make all the de­ci­sions about us, we got 350-odd of them along to that day, so they can hear our story,” he said.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

RCCIWA chief ex­ec­u­tive Kitty Prodonovich, KDCCI chief ex­ec­u­tive John Lally and pres­i­dent Ky­lah Mor­ris­son.

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