From the CEO - November 2020

At the beginning of October, our team went on a road trip to Northam to visit the local Aboriginal cultural centre - Bilya Koort Boodja Nestled by the banks of the Avon River, home to a colony of white swans, we had a great morning out learning more about Noongar culture. The centre contains artefacts as well as many oral histories and we watched a short video featuring Theresa Walley and her nephew Richard, well known to many of us, also made an appearance. I encourage everyone to make the trip and be immersed in the Noongar culture and to hear stories from many generations.

Like every good trip to Northam, we rounded out our visit with a trip to the Bakers Hill Pie Shop on the way home and partook in the great Australian tradition of eating a meat pie with sauce.

Closer to home, our October events program had many highlights including a presentation on The Australian National Phenome Centre by Prof. Jeremy Nicholson from Murdoch University, who shared details on their ground-breaking research on COVID-19. You can read more about the centre and what research they are currently undertaking here.

Online we held a conversation with the former City of Vancouver Councillor Gordon Price in Vancouver to better understand mobility trends and impacts to the urban environment. The benefit of having an online platform means we can still collaborate with our international experts despite restrictions on travel.

Our contract researcher, Gemma Davis, presented the latest FACTBase Bulletin for our Future of Work project on the shifting demographics of WA’s labour force. This is the third bulletin for the project, with more to come including launching the results of our community and member surveys on November 24. Our Perth in Focus event will provide exclusive insights into public sentiment about jobs and job security, changes in the workplace, upskilling and retraining. These are the only surveys of their kind to be undertaken in Perth and regional WA so make sure you grab your tickets so you don’t miss out

Last month the heads of the Committees for Australia and New Zealand caught up over Zoom to receive presentations from NBN, the Federal Department of Treasury and Infrastructure Australia. Capital cities are all struggling yet many regional capitals are flourishing. For most of my time in this group, the story has been the reverse. Challenging times indeed.

Speaking of cities, there are many exciting projects happening that will change the face of our city over the coming years. I was pleased to visit the Joondalup campus of Edith Cowan University to see their school of Business and Law in action as well as receive a briefing on the city campus which will be transformative.

Committee for Perth member StudyPerth invited me to address their Student and Careers Expo which was both an in-person and live-streamed event. I shared our research to date on our Future of Work project. Young people, despite the current challenges, are enthusiastic about the future. It’s infectious!

We have some really exciting opportunities coming up in November for our members to be involved in the thought-leading discussions that make the Committee so powerful. We will workshop the key findings from our FACTBase Bulletins 71 & 72 at our AGM Food for Thought Leaders Luncheon in early November and have guest speaker The Hon. Peter Tinley AM MLA at the Chairman’s 20 to talk more about engaging with Asia. I look forward to seeing all our members in the coming weeks.

Until next month,

Marion Fulker
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, UWA

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.