State of the Regions Series- Regional Development in Western Australia


State of the Regions Series- Regional Development in Western Australia

Western Australia covers one third of the Australian continent, and is comparable in size to mainland Europe. Given the State’s vast expanse, the challenges and opportunities facing each of the nine regions in WA varies immense. Mining and energy have become dominant industries for some regions, while agriculture and tourism are vital sources of income for others. Aboriginal economic development opportunities are significant.
The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) in partnership with the Department of Regional Development is running a series across each of the nine regions and culminating with an event in Perth. Each regional event includes the Regional Development Commissions and a panel of other expert speakers to discuss future developments. How can the economic future of each region be secured?
Join CEDA and the Department of Regional Development for this ground-breaking series.

Part 1: Future of the South West

· Bunbury
· 7 August 2014

The population of WA's South West is set to expand by over 37,000 people in the next 10 years, while its ageing demographic is the fastest growing in Australia. Bunbury has been touted as the next major urban centre in Western Australia, while Margaret River, Collie and Manjimup continue to grow.

What impact will this have on the region in terms of services and communities? What further infrastructure, investment and policy settings are required to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future?


Part 2: Future of the Wheatbelt

· Northam
· 2 September 2014

The Wheatbelt is WA's third most populous region, being home to 74,000 people. Yet services in the community, particularly health, aged care and telecommunications, require reform to meet demand. How can services and liveability in the Wheatbelt be strengthened to ensure continued population growth well into the future?

The Wheatbelt is also the heart of Western Australia's broad acre farming industry, which generates $5.7 billion towards gross state product and has the potential to surge further with the forecasted Asian dining boom. How can the region and its farmers take advantage of this opportunity? What are the offshoot industries that could be created to underpin agriculture and create even further economic development?


Part 3: Future of the Peel Region

· Mandurah
· 12 November 2014
The Peel region has a varied economy that includes agriculture and tourism, yet it is mining that is a major linchpin in the region. Newmont's gold and copper mine in Boddington is expected to be the largest open-cut gold mine in Australia when it reaches full production, while Alcoa's refineries in Pinjarra and Wagerup are major employers in the region. What plans are in place for these vital operations?

Rapid population growth in recent decades has seen increased calls for investment into infrastructure and community projects. With the population expected to further increase, particularly in the aged demographic, will local services be able to cope? How has the Royalties for Regions program impacted the region, and what further ventures have been proposed?

Part 4: Future of Goldfields-Esperance

· Kalgoorlie
· 5 March 2015

Part 5: Future of the Kimberley

· Broome
· 29 May 2015

Part 6: Future of the Gascoyne

· Carnarvon
· 9 July 2015

Part 7: Future of the Pilbara

· Karratha
· 3 September 2015

Part 8: Future of the Great Southern

· Albany
· February 2016

Part 9: Future of the Mid West

· Geraldton
· March 2016

Part 10: Regionalism: Capitalising on Regional WA’s Potential

· Perth
· May 2016
Contact CEDA on 08 9226 4799 for more information on the State of the Regions series.