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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.

Elaine Jol­liffe

Pic­ture: Jakeb Waddell

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.

Pic­tures: Jakeb Waddell

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.

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