MAYOR’S MES­SAGE

Wanneroo Times - - News - Mayor Tracey Roberts JP

On Thurs­day 7 June the City of Wan­neroo held its sec­ond Jobs Summit at The Ma­rina, Min­darie.

The Summit brought to­gether thought lead­ers, busi­ness lead­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from gov­ern­ment and non-gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions to work to­wards defin­ing a clear vi­sion for jobs growth in our re­gion. The City of Wan­neroo re­mains one of the largest grow­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ments in Aus­tralia with our pop­u­la­tion set to grow from 212,000 this year to more than 400,000 dur­ing the next two decades.

De­vel­op­ing sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment growth op­por­tu­ni­ties is key to sup­port­ing our pro­jected pop­u­la­tion growth. Our goal is to de­liver 100,000 lo­cal jobs for lo­cal res­i­dents and we know that achiev­ing this re­quires a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach, with ev­ery­one from lo­cal busi­ness own­ers through to State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives en­gaged in the process. The day in­cluded some fan­tas­tic pre­sen­ta­tions from a range of guest speak­ers in­clud­ing Paula Rogers, Com­mit­tee of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment of Aus­tralia; Bran­dan Wright, SAP; and Wendy New­man, Wheat­belt De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion.

Fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tions, guests were in­vited to ex­plore how the City could reach the 100,000 jobs tar­get with speak­ers and pan­el­lists. Dis­cus­sions cen­tred on five themes:

• Strate­gic land use plan­ning;

• In­no­va­tion, Smart Cities and re­search and de­vel­op­ment;

• The Neer­abup In­dus­trial Es­tate;

• Agribusi­ness; and

• Place de­vel­op­ment and man­age­ment. I would like to thank the guest speak­ers, pan­el­lists and ev­ery­one who con­trib­uted on the day for shar­ing their ideas and in­sights. Your col­lab­o­ra­tion and in­put is help­ing to bring us closer to our jobs for lo­cal peo­ple goal and a more vi­brant, pro­gres­sive and pros­per­ous City. These types of events are vi­tal to sus­tain­ing the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of our City. Ideas from our first Job Summit in 2016 are al­ready evolv­ing at the re­cently opened Y-Hub co-work­ing space in Yanchep (a Yanchep Beach Joint Ven­ture ini­tia­tive), which will of­fer train­ing and op­por­tu­ni­ties on an on­go­ing ba­sis to help start-ups and sup­port lo­cal em­ploy­ment growth. You can find more in­for­ma­tion at yhub­cowork­ing.com.au

Search Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment at wan­neroo.wa.gov.au to learn more about the City’s lo­cal jobs tar­get and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment strat­egy.

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