Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom

In 2017, the Committee for Perth commenced a major research project focused on the current and future economy of the Perth and Peel region. The project, Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom, examined the size, industry composition and spatial structure of the economy in the Perth and Peel region, and identified industry sectors that are growing, and industries in decline.

It also articulated emerging economic threats and opportunities for the future and identified a need for immediate, collaborative action to both seize Perth’s economic opportunities and address its weaknesses.

Over two years, the Committee applied a four-pronged research approach that incorporated academic research, in-house expertise, consultative findings and on-the-ground study tours to undertake an extensive research program.

The final report, Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom: Perth’s Pathway to Prosperity identifies 11 high-level opportunities for the economic future of the Perth region, supported by 7 recommendations, which provide a conduit through which opportunities can be realised and Perth re-positioned on a path to a competitive, prosperous and stable economic future.

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Key Aims

The project will encompass four core elements:

  1. Sizing the Economy - Determining the number, size and growth/decline of industries
  2. Examining Key Industries - Examining key existing and emerging industries in detail
  3. International Research - Examining international examples of economic diversification in cities/regions
  4. Final Report with Strategies for the Future

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Related Resources

Perth in Focus - Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom

Perth in Focus - Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom

On October 23, 2018, the Committee for Perth launched Perth’s Pathway to Prosperity, which is the result of the Committee's two-year Bigger and Better Beyond the Boom (B4) research project. The project examined the size, industry composition and spatial structure of the economy in the Perth and Peel region and identified industry sectors that are growing; industries in decline; and emerging economic threats and opportunities for the future. The final report is the culmination of 13 separate pieces of research, including two large-scale community surveys, nine FACTBase bulletins and special reports, study tours and internal reports, including an analysis of strategies other cities have implemented to grow and diversify their economies. The final report contains 11 opportunities and seven recommendations that will catalyse those opportunities and create a bright future for Greater Perth.

Steering Committee

Justin Carroll

Justin Carroll
Managing Partner and Chair of the Steering Committee - PwC

Nadia van Dommelen

Nadia van Dommelen
Partner and Deputy Chair of the Steering Committee - PwC

David MacLennan

David MacLennan
Assistant Director General of Policy and Priority Initiatives - Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

Jay Watson

Jay Watson
State General Manager - Westpac Banking Corporation

David Fisher

David Fisher
Chief Operating Officer - Juniper

Anne McCormack

Anne McCormack
Executive General Manager, Business Transformation and People Services - Silver Chain

Nicholas Ozich

Nicholas Ozich
Regional Director – Property and Development - Brookfield

Daniel Simms

Daniel Simms
Chief Executive Officer - City of Wanneroo

Ian Martinus

Ian Martinus
Manager Advocacy & Economic Development - City of Wanneroo

David McCulloch

David McCulloch
General Manager, International Markets - Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

Shaun Griffin

Shaun Griffin
General Manager, Perth - Ipsos

Professor Matthew Tonts

Professor Matthew Tonts
Pro Vice-Chancellor Executive Dean | Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education - The University of Western Australia

Fiona Haslam McKenzie

Fiona Haslam McKenzie
Co-Director, Centre for Regional Development - The University of Western Australia

Tony Monaghan

Tony Monaghan
Manager - Corporate Communications - The Brand Agency

Marion Fulker

Marion Fulker
Chief Executive Officer

Georgia Harford-Mills

Georgia Harford-Mills
Research Officer