FAITH THRIVES AT FORUM
Community leaders, company owners and motivated residents from across the region united in Broome last week for the biggest date on the business calendar — the Kimberley Economic Forum.
Businesses across the Kimberley may have felt the doom and gloom over recent years, but their confidence was bolstered at one of the region’s most imperative events.
Community leaders and major corporations were joined by about 150 local business owners and residents at the Kimberley Economic Forum last week to ensure the region moves forward to a brighter future with the right strategies, mindset and focus in place.
Topics including mining, agriculture, tourism and freight were discussed over the three-day convention, hosted by the Broome Chamber of Commerce and Industry, during keynote presentations, question and answer panels and networking events.
BCCI executive Elaine Jolliffe said throughout the entire seminar, it was the message of collaboration that rang true.
“It became apparent through the number of presentations that the key to developing the region is working together in cohesion to act on the opportunities here,” she said.
“I have good faith that the delegates that attended got the tools and motivation they needed to really grasp these opportunities.
“They have been so used to this idea of doom and gloom for so long that it is important they are aware of the opportunities that are going on so they have this confidence that the Kimberley will rise and shine.”
Ms Jolliffe said there was a great variety in the topics discussed and types of guests present.
“It was important for us to have a range of topics to highlight the key economic drivers in the Kimberley,” she said.
“We took all of these different industries into consideration when creating the program.
“But what was also great was the variety we saw in the attendees, which shows this passion for economic growth is present across all sectors.”
Highlights from the week included a business breakfast on Friday, which included presentations from Environment Minister Melissa Price and Senator Pat Dodson, presentations on the impact of Australia’s economic condition and Donald Trump on the Kimberley, the role traditional owners can play in economic development and corporate golf day.
The next annual KEF is expected to be held in Derby next year.
It became apparent through the number of presentations that the key to developing the region is working together in cohesion to act on the opportunities here.
Derby Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice-president Stewart Milne, Broome CCI chief executive Elaine Jolliffee and Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley president David Menzel at the Kimberley Economic Forum in Broome.
Senator Pat Dodson addresses the gathering.
Maxima Opportunity managing director John Hutton.
Inpex external affairs manager John Williams, Theia Energy operations manager Jop vanHattum and Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety resource tenure executive director Rick Rogerson on the mining and resources panel.
Attendees at the forum's business breakfast on Friday.