‘Mr Port Hedland’ honoured

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

Port Hedland’s oldest business owner has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pilbara Development Commission.

Arnold Carter was honoured with the award at last month’s New Pilbara Conference for his 25-year involvement with the Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

From being run out of a small shed with five members to an office in the west end with many small business members and plans for a small business incubator in the works, Mr Carter said the past 25 years had been wonderful.

“I’ve actually been with the chamber almost since the beginning and held every position from treasury to president and everything in-between,” he said.

“I’ve had 26 businesses since I’ve been in Port Hedland and have always been involved in Port Hedland businesses. Some I started just operating the businesses, others I built from the ground up.”

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Mr Carter said despite his age, he didn’t plan to stop being involved in not only the PHCCI but the community as a whole.

“I believe as long as I’m physically and mentally able to continue what I’m doing now, I’ll continue to do it,” he said. “If I can help someone with their small business, then I’ll be there to help them.”

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