From the CEO - September 2017


Our members continue to be highly engaged and we had a number of interactions during the month, starting with the opening of our new office at London House, which was named ‘Katata Boordier’ (Thought Leader) by Noongar elder Prof. Len Collard. Our Reshaping Working Group held a packed, almost standing-room-only briefing in our new Boardroom, with all keen to hear Tony Canavan, EY’s Global Government Transport Lead, present on future mobility. The Executive Women’s Leadership Forum also met and heard from Prof. Deborah Terry AO about her career and life journey.

Our latest FACTBase on tourism was released at a Perth in Focus lunch attended by the Committee’s members and many stakeholders from the sector. I presented the key findings, which were then discussed in a lively panel session. You can learn more in the Feature Article. 

John Langoulant AO held a Chairman’s 20 lunch with guest speaker Gail McGowan, interim Director General of Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. Gail provided an update of her extended portfolio and some of the opportunities and challenges arising. We are grateful that Lamont’s continue to support these events at their Bishop’s House venue.

My personal highlight of August was attending the Perth City Summit hosted by the Member for Perth, John Carey MLA. The Summit was the culmination of a series of precinct‑based workshops that captured 35 recommendations to reinvigorate the city.

The Summit, held at PCEC, was attended by 350 people who considered each of the recommendations and only one recommendation was cast aside – the idea of a cable car to connect Elizabeth Quay to Kings Park, which was replaced by a new recommendation - to develop a family friendly strategy. Once the list was agreed upon, table and individual electronic voting took place to determine the priorities.

As one of six panel members who aided discussion and debate, I was pleasantly surprised that the number one priority arising from the day was to ‘Partner with Noongar people to recognise Indigenous culture and history in the city.’ What a coming-of-age notion, and one that accords with my opinion piece published in The West a week prior to the Summit. In it, I suggested that when Perth was celebrating its bi-centenary in 2029, it would do so in a way “that celebrates its relationship with the landscape and the thousands of generations of Aboriginal people who have inhabited it. It will have shirked off the façade of being a new city and instead acknowledge and respect its long, deep history.” Another priority was setting an ‘ambitious’ population target, which accords with a recommendation from our Get a Move On! report last year, in which we recommended that Perth city be the primary place for population density.

It was particularly pleasing to find that 17 of the 35 recommendations considered at the Summit are already supported by the Committee for Perth’s extensive research. We followed up with a letter to the Member for Perth to lend our support. You can read it here.

As the month drew to a close, the first program under our partnership arrangement with AIM WA was delivered. What Organisations Can Do is a one-day session that provides practical ways to increase gender diversity in the workplace. I was as energetic as ever talking about our Filling the Pool research, findings and recommendations, despite its being the 81st time I have presented on the topic. Karen Lelah from Shell shared their journey of self-evaluation against the recommendations and the actions that followed. As this edition is published, I will be presenting again to the first program of What Women Can Do, which focuses on the Filling the Pool recommendations made by women for women. 

I look forward to welcoming you to our new office at events and meetings over the coming months.

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