I started the week with a meeting with Rohan from Dongara Marine, who are currently building the largest cray fishing boat in Australia for a local client. A point raised which I would like some feedback from our members on, is the cost of 457 Visa’s for skilled workers. Our local businesses are in need of skilled workers for current projects and the options are limited, so if you would like to give me a call and give feedback on both what skills your business is looking for now and, in the future, this information will also be fed through to CCIWA as they are making the state government aware of this crisis facing regional business.
I was invited to a meeting the CGG were having with representatives from Woodside Energy regarding the possibility of a hydrogen highway between Perth and Broome, sustainable energy is always on the agenda and when you come to the summit you will learn more about this exciting energy advancement from Woodside, who will be speaking.
On Wednesday afternoon the CGG invited me to attend a meeting with the Premier Mark McGowan at which time several issues were raised with him. The CGG and I are now working in unison to facilitate more mutually beneficial meetings with visiting politicians. Thanks to Trish Palmonari from the CGG Economic Development Unit.
I met with the interim CEO from the Shire of Irwin and they will continue with their sponsorship of the MWCCI. Shane and I had a productive meeting at which we touched on several points the chamber would be able to help with. We are looking forward to helping our sub committee have a great working relationship with the Shire and positive outcomes for the community.
The Tourism Geraldton group met on Friday morning to discuss our possible involvement at next year’s ATE (Tourism Wholesale Show) which will be held in April 2019 in Perth. The Chamber are bringing an expert in tourism to speak at the Economic Summit about “Packaging Tourism”. This will help tourism business’s figure out what they need to do to encourage more to visit. The Chamber are going to run a workshop (venue TBA) 9am – 1pm on Friday the 7th of September on Tourism Packaging at a cost of $50 per person. If you would like to come along for this workshop, please ring the chamber to register.
Galena Mining yesterday gave a great first-hand presentation. This company is looking to develop the Abra deposit near Meekatharra. The initial investment is sizable and the opportunity for work both in construction and on going running and maintenance for an expected life of 15 years initially.
Tomorrow we are off to the Mingenew Expo, good luck to all our members who are exhibiting!