From the CEO - May 2018


The standout for the Committee for Perth in April was the launch of the FACTBase Special Report - Kwinana as a catalyst for economic development. 

Our standout staff member of the month was Research Officer, Georgie Harford-Mills, who drafted the report and delivered the key findings at the launch event. Both remarkable achievements for an early career researcher. The entire team was very proud of her confident delivery, which has also been noted by members and stakeholders. Yes, I am a bit teary-eyed in the image accompanying this story with Richard Walley, who gave the Welcome to Country, summing up my emotions nicely when he noted that the sign of a good leader is when the next generation is capable and confident.

A panel session followed Georgie’s presentation with Chris Oughton from Kwinana Industries Council, Nicole Lockwood, Chair of the Westport Taskforce and Joanne Abbiss, CEO at the City Kwinana acknowledging the quality of the report and the importance of the Kwinana Industrial Area (KIA), which contributes almost $16 billion to the Western Australian economy each year.

With the release of this report, it takes the tally to six pieces of research released to date for our Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom (B4) project, with five more pieces underway. Our research effort is multi-pronged with academic, consultative, in-house and on-the-ground inputs. As part of finalising the B4 report, which will make recommendations for the Greater Perth region’s economic future, I will be meeting with leaders at the City of Brisbane in Mid-May to understand how their regional plan is developed. It is one of the few cities in Australia that covers a comparable sized footprint to Perth.

A critical input into the final report will be the results of our tri-annual Perth Perceptions Survey initiated in 2012. Along with asking a number of set questions in order to get a longitudinal perspective, we are also keen to gauge community perceptions on issues relevant to B4. Look out for the survey link this month available to both Committee for Perth members and others living across the Perth and Peel region in order to gain insights into life in Perth. The findings will be released at a public event in July.

These next six months are not only busy in terms of research, it is also the most intensive governance period of the year. In August, the annual audit will begin and we will hold elections for new Directors in September. At the same time we are working with Herbert Smith Freehills to refresh of our Constitution and the Board has also held a series of strategy sessions ahead of drafting a new strategic plan early in 2019.

We also welcome new members Keystart and Scitech to join our base of more than 100 organisations who are the stewards of Perth. Our focus is on growing to 150 members by 30 June 2019. An ambitious goal but with 18 people attending our next briefing for prospective members, I am confident we will achieve it.

The development of our next Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is underway. Our annual meeting with Reconciliation WA at which current best practice was shared, has helped us to shape our thinking for the new RAP which will be published in December this year. In closing, according to the Noongar calendar, the year is shaped by six two-month seasons and in May we are in Djeran (autumn) when the cooler weather begins.

I trust you enjoy the following articles that demonstrate the Committee’s endeavours to reshape, reform and revitalise the Perth and Peel region.

Other articles from Insight, May 2018 (view email newsletter):