New Pilbara to go on show

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph
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Dubbed The New Pilbara 2, the Pilbara’s hidden future will be revealed to stakeholders and businesses at this year’s Pilbara Economic Development Conference.

With a focus on diversification and growth, it’s hoped next month’s event draws more than 400 guests to Perth’s Hyatt Regency to hear from more than 10 speakers from a range of sectors.

At the conference — the brainchild of Karratha District Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive John Lally — delegates will hear about diversification opportunities in the Pilbara outside of the mining industry.

“This is a very relevant and exciting time for us in the North West — the Pilbara is the most important part of the State and I dare say the broader Australian economy,” Mr Lally said.

“That’s why we call it the New Pilbara, we know what the old Pilbara has done, we want to look at what the new Pilbara does.”

The one-day conference, which will be presented by the Karratha, Port Hedland, Newman and Onslow chambers of commerce, will feature presentations on the economic state of the region and investment priority areas that will unblock the economic potential.

“I think the biggest issue here is the perception; people think everything has stopped in the Pilbara because mining construction has stopped, which just isn’t the case,” Mr Lally said. “What we have now is there’s $5 billion of maintenance and production work in the mining industry, housing has become more affordable and families are moving up here, creating opportunities in the service and tourism industry.”

With last year’s conference an overwhelming success, Mr Lally said he believed the Pilbara would withstand the fluctuations in the resource sector and come out on top.

So far the guest speakers this year will include Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan, Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry of WA chief executive Kitty Prodonovich, Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia chief executive Nicole Roocke and representatives from Woodside Energy, Horizon Power, Pilbara Regional Council and CCIWA.

Registrations are now open for The New Pilbara 2 and further information can be found at the newpilbara.com.au.

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