Bid to lure PM to region
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.
RCCIWA chief executive Kitty Prodonovich, KDCCI chief executive John Lally and president Kylah Morrisson.