Name change to bet­ter suit or­gan­i­sa­tion

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Michael Philipps

Mem­bers of the Bun­bury Welling­ton Eco­nomic Al­liance voted to change the name of the group at the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to al­liance chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Chris McNa­mara.

The al­liance will now be known as the Bun­bury Geographe Eco­nomic Al­liance.

Mr McNa­mara said the name change was made to re­flect other or­gan­i­sa­tions in the re­gion.

“It fits in well with the Bun­bury Geographe Cham­ber of Com­merce, you have the Bun­bury Geographe Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion, so it made sense to have the Bun­bury Geographe Eco­nomic Al­liance,” he said.

“The three fit in nicely to­gether and it also gives a much bet­ter view to peo­ple of the area we work in.

“It shows the change in the way we want to col­lab­o­rate with the peo­ple we work with so it fits nicely with those who want to work with us.”

Mr McNa­mara said there were a lot of pos­i­tive out­comes from Mon­day’s meet­ing.

“We had 50-odd peo­ple there and the whole idea is that we have the Bun­bury Geographe growth plan which has had a lot of money, time and ef­fort spent on that in the last cou­ple of years,” he said.

“That gives us a road map for the re­gion work­ing to­wards pro­duc­ing growth, in­vest­ment and jobs.

“Our role is to fa­cil­i­tate that process and to make this re­gion more com­pet­i­tive, but more im­por­tantly to make us more busi­ness-friendly so peo­ple want to come and do busi­ness here.”

Mr McNa­mara said there was a wealth of projects hap­pen­ing in the re­gion over the next 18 months to two years.

“There is prob­a­bly a cou­ple of bil­lion dol­lars worth of in­vest­ment – you have got the new Albe­marle project which has just got State ap­proval and is only wait­ing on Fed­eral ap­proval,” he said.

“You have the wa­ter for food project which Har­vey Wa­ter is in­volved in in the north – there is prob­a­bly about 800 jobs there,” he said.

“There are 500 jobs with the Albe­marle project with an­other 500 on­go­ing af­ter that with the run­ning of it.

“You have Tal­i­son mine with a 25-to-30-year life of that mine pro­vid­ing spo­dumene to Albe­marle and an­other 400 jobs there.”

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