Last week saw the representatives from CSIRO and the other depts associated with the SKA project in the Mid West region. It was explained that a possible delay to the start of the project to begin now in 2020. However, several tenders were gone, thus giving many an in sight to what might be included in the final project tenders. I am pleased to say many components were within the capacity of local Mid West suppliers. The presenters were very pleased with the attendance of local business people and were happy to give an update on how the project is progressing even if only very slowly.
The Chamber have been delivering the Working Together program for almost two years now. This program is to encourage local businesses to employ Aboriginal people and to open opportunities in closing the gap. This has been a success as we have placed a number in the Mid West. I am pleased to announce that the programs funding through the Aboriginal Workforce Development Commission has been extended a further year, this month’s Business After Hours is being hosted by The Working Together Program and ARC Infrastructure and is being held in the Chambers Warehouse at 130 Flores Road, your attendance will be welcomed.
We also hosted a Cultural Awareness Training session on Tuesday which was presented by local women Robin Boddington with lunch provided by another local women Donna Ronan. It was well attended by 20 people in our Chamber boardroom. These Cultural Awareness sessions are a great staff development opportunity and very often results in a cohesive work environment, as well as better productivity. The Chamber intended to host further sessions once a quarter.
On the weekend I visited the Geraldton Caravan and Camping show, a great event and so great to see so many attending. I was also chuffed to see how many local businesses were also taking the opportunity to exhibit at the event.
On Friday we have the Post State Budget Lunch which we are happy to have Minister Hon Paul Papalia giving us a run down on what this year’s budget will present. Tickets for the lunch being held at Posh on Friday at 12pm, $55per head. Please RSVP immediately to the Chamber.
Next Thursday we have an exciting new workshop being run with CCIWA are delivering this free event as part of a joint initiative with the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Home Affairs to help businesses better prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Please find the invite and registration details attached to the newsletter.
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