Since we opened the doors on April 28, thousands of people have been through our magnificent Red Earth Arts Precinct.
In addition to being a huge boost for arts and culture and an amazing community entertainment hub, this award-winning precinct has opened up an exciting new market which your Council is actively pursuing – high profile conferences.
We have already secured three major conferences over the next 12 months, each of which will promote Karratha and the Pilbara to influential state, national and global audiences, and also provide major economic benefits.
This month, the fifth Southern Deserts Conference attracted more than 100 international experts, academics, traditional owners and stakeholders to Karratha and Dampier to present the world’s leading research on semi-arid landscapes. The four-day event has previously been hosted by cities in South America, Africa and the United States.
Next month, around 300 of the nation’s arts leaders will descend on Karratha for the 32nd Performing Arts Connections Australian Conference and Exchange. Many local governments across Australia covet hosting this five-day event, which has been held in a regional community only eight times in 31 years.
Another coup for the City was securing the 2019 Developing Northern Australia Conference. It will be the first time the nation’s major conference on economic development in Northern Australia has been held in Western Australia. We are excited to showcase our city to around 400 delegates from all tiers of government, industry and business leaders next July.
It is estimated these conferences alone will inject nearly $1 million into our local economy and provide significant flow-on effects to the community, by generating interest in the investment potential, tourist appeal and liveability of our city.