South Western Times : 2018-12-20

News : 11 : 11


11 S Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Greenbushes, we are well placed to pressure the State and Federal Governments to provide incentives that attract downstream manufacturing all the way through to Lithium battery production. We should all take every opportunity to encourage this outcome as manufacturing provides jobs from the professional through to assembly line and can underpin a smart manufacturing economy. If we can develop this capability it will lead to new opportunities that we don’t even know about at this stage. The Bunbury Outer Ring Road is a significant and strategic project that will facilitate Port development and increase road safety. There are of course issues that need to be resolved with a project of this nature including minimising negative impacts on landholders, the environment and residents. We also need to ensure that a key outcome is maintaining the priority of Bunbury as the States second city and improving, not diminishing, access. This is a critical element of establishing the city as a destination rather than a drive by, and if not designed accordingly can have a negative impact on business and the community. The consultative processes underway needs to maintain the cities primacy as a transport hub and regional capital with sporting, health, business and tourism benefits to the whole South West. I encourage you to communicate this to the consultants and decision makers involved in the project. As much as it has been a tough couple of years, I am confident that we are strategically placed for major opportunities. The completion of Stage One of the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront has created a much improved Koombana precinct and Stage Two has commenced with the Stage Three (Outer Harbour), business case preparation underway. All of our local governments have completed strategic infrastructure projects that are positioning us for the future and are working cooperatively for the benefit of the whole region. The States ‘Westport Review’ is likely to invest new opportunity into the Bunbury Port based on our capacity for expansion against the increasing population encroachment pressures on Fremantle and Kwinana. So, there is much to be positive about. Don’t forget to buy local where you can and wishing you a wonderful local Festive Season and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year. COMMENT Why not give your community and yourself a gift this Festive Season by buying from local businesses wherever you can? Good trading and best wishes, David Calendar year 2018 has been another challenging one for many local businesses, however some key strategic infrastructure project announcements towards the end of the year are encouraging as we head into 2019. Locally the Albemarle and Tallison projects, as well as the Bunbury Outer Ring Road and Myalup Wellington Water projects, will be significant investments during 2019 and the increased investment in mining outside of the region will also create opportunities for contractors and locally based workers within the FIFO community. This is good news for the whole community as a positive business environment builds confidence, investment and disposable income within our local economy. In turn, more profitable businesses, are better able to support a healthy community by creating jobs, providing services and sponsoring local sports and social welfare causes. The Lithium based expansion projects are a wonderful opportunity as they not only create jobs during construction but have significant jobs associated with ongoing production over the next 25plus years. With what is to be the biggest Lithium processing plant in the world at Kemerton, complimenting the biggest Spodumene mine in the world AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE Business After Hours: Dolphin Discovery Centre Wednesday January 30th @ 5:00 pm

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