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.