From the CEO, End of Year 2018


In writing my last article for our Insight newsletter for 2018 it is hard not to say, as I have many times before, its been a busy year. Packed with research, study tours, media, events, speaking engagements and a major project, the year had it all.

A large contingent of members gathered at our End of Year Celebration at Lamont’s Bishops House to celebrate our many achievements. Formal proceedings included a symbolic presentation by our long-term Cultural Adviser, Dr Richard Walley OAM of two message sticks to outgoing Chairman John Langoulant AO, with John then giving one to new Chair, Kate Lamont.

I also presented the CEO’s Most Valuable Contribution to a Member award to John Langoulant AO. In doing so, I noted that John is respected by the membership at large and a visible champion for the Committee by frequently espousing the quality of our research and the sound recommendations we make to realise a bright and prosperous future for Perth.

The award acknowledged John’s personal and professional commitment to the Committee for Perth over these past ten years and the success he has overseen during the past six years as Chairman.

During the year, a sub-committee of the Board has worked with the executive and Richard Walley OAM to produce our fifth RAP. The Committee began its reconciliation journey back in 2007, as one of the first 50 organisations in the country to do so. We have remained committed to our desire for Perth to be the city in Australia that acknowledges, respects and celebrates its Indigenous Australian cultures.

Through our 2019-21 Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan, we are continuing our journey and it is a commitment that we take very seriously.

2019 is already shaping up to be another great year. Early in the New Year, Kate will be holding roundtable strategic conversations with members so that we can start drafting our fifth Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan is one of the Committee’s most important documents, with members input, it will shape the future of the organisation as well as set challenging yet realistic goals.

On the membership front, we ended 2018 with 115 members and next year’s focus is on striving to grow to 150 organisations. I also took the opportunity to talk about our next major research project - Hashtag Perth which gives action to the first recommendation outlined in the Pathway to Prosperity report - to develop an inaugural investment, engagement and attraction strategy and associated brand to promote Perth as a place to invest, work and learn.     

This is an exciting two-year project that will be finished in the lead-up to the next State election, which is certain to make it incredibly relevant to all sides of politics. I am out in the marketplace now seeking funding partners so contact me if you are interested.

In closing, I thank you for your support this year and wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe festive season.


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