From the CEO, September 2019

Welcome to the 125th edition of our newsletter. Our very first was published in June 2007 and covered our support for a proposed new stadium and the Northbridge Link Masterplan. Pleasingly in the intervening time, both projects have gone on to be delivered as Optus Stadium and Perth City Link. We were also busy driving the advocacy for a World Centre for Indigenous Culture – a project that we remain committed to.

In current news, over the last few weeks we have met with members for our Hashtag Perth project. A key discussion point of the focus groups was: why don’t we talk Perth up more? The consensus was that a sense of inferiority has a bit to do with it, due to Perth lacking the ‘one big thing’ that would set it apart as something truly distinct and unique. It’s clear that the World Centre is still considered by many to be the attraction that would put WA on the map.

During my meetings on the east coast earlier in the month, business leaders and decision makers said that Perth’s opportunities lie more to the north than they do east. So our lunch with Jennifer Mathews, the former Commissioner for the Government of Western Australia Office in Indonesia, on future prospects in that country was very timely.

Our research is in full swing with a recent FACTBase report examining foreign direct investment and another soon to be released on the changing demographics across the region. In addition, our analysis on cost of living post boom will be launched shortly.

These will be followed later in the year by an analysis of innovation hubs: clusters of activity that will drive a more sustainable and diversified economy. It is with anticipation that a number of our members wait to tour ATCO’s new Clean Energy Innovation Hub in early September in order to better understand the role that hydrogen can play in Perth’s energy future.

We think that Perth’s future lies in its past and our team has furthered its commitment to reconciliation. During August we held cultural awareness training with Dr Richard Walley OAM exploring systems and power. We also attended a viewing of Another Country narrated by David Gulpilil. This beautifully shot and powerfully told documentary took us on a journey into the lives of the people of Ramingining in East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, a place struggling to find a viable future.

In signing off at the end of a busy month, I remind members that nominations for director positions on the Board of the Committee for Perth will be circulated to key representatives electronically in early September.

Marion Fulker

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.