The Pilbara Summit 2019, held in Perth earlier this month, examined the economic growth, investment, development, productivity and innovation across our region.
The two-day event is an important forum that brings together senior industry, investors, businesses, and community and government representatives to learn about key challenges and opportunities unique to the Pilbara.
Key topics on the agenda this year included: the importance of development and economic growth in the Pilbara and our region’s contribution to the WA economy, emerging industries driving economic diversification and growth, developments and expansions at mines and ports, recent changes and ongoing challenges in the aviation industry, the growing importance of tourism, aquaculture and agriculture sectors, and innovation in technology, communication and automation.
Thirty-seven speakers representing State Government departments, FMG, Woodside, Virgin, Pilbara Development Commission, Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, Aviair, Pilbara Ports Authority, Yara Pilbara, Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation, Chamber of Minerals and Energy and many other agencies and organisation gave presentations on these topics and many offered some interesting insights.
In addition, many valuable discussions and networking opportunities occurred outside the conference room, as stakeholders for the Pilbara’s future made the most of being in the same place at the same time.
Representing the City of Karratha, I gave a presentation about our preparation for another construction upswing and plans for the future.
With more than $65 billion dollars’ worth of capital expenditure proposed over the next five years, there are many economic benefits on offer as our region continues to grow and prosper and exciting opportunities to diversify our economy beyond the next construction phase of resources industry projects, so we can successfully build a bright, sustainable future for our community.