From the CEO - October 2020

The Committee for Perth has created an extensive knowledge bank through our many research reports and bulletins that help to make sense of the region as it is today and provide the platform to think about its future. Our landmark reports set out roadmaps with recommendations and actions, providing a logical pathway forward.

Our Boorloo Kworp ‘Perth is Good’ report released in June sets out a two-year roadmap to enhance the region’s reputation as a place to live, work, study, invest and visit. The recent City Deal for the Perth CBD enacts many of our recommendations including ‘establish an education and student precinct in the Perth City Centre’ and ‘invest in improving amenity and services to support inner-city living’. City Deals are city-making and I can’t wait for the transformation that will come through small projects and big ones between now and 2025 that will create a critical mass of people and activity during the day and night.

Coming back to our evidence base, we recently added to it with the release of our latest bulletin for our Future of Work project, in which we’ve taken a longer-term perspective to examine jobs in WA and Greater Perth and found some interesting trends.

Data is an important part of the story and Ipsos has been commissioned to undertake two surveys over the coming weeks to understand the perspectives of both firms and workers and those studying for a career. Insights will be available in early December and there is no doubt the findings will be a useful information source for future planning for employers, employees, students, human resource specialists and education providers.

The Future of Work Project Steering Committee has held its kick-off meeting and with a range of sectors and professions represented around the table, I can already tell we are going to enjoy working together.

Throughout September we continued with our very popular New Horizons webinar series. Firstly with Curtin’s Noongar Cultural Advisor, Ingrid Cumming, presenting on Reconciliation Action Plans – what they are, why they are needed and providing practical steps to producing one. Secondly Bronwen Clark from the National Growth Areas Alliance shared the findings on research to understand working from home / returning to the office perspectives of people who live in the country’s outer suburbs. Bronwen was joined by three highly respected local government CEOs – Mark Newman, City of Mandurah; Jo Abbiss, City of Armadale and Daniel Simms, City of Wanneroo.

I’m very pleased that face-to-face events are occurring more often. ANZ’s local team organised a business leader’s breakfast at which CEO Shayne Elliott presented via Zoom from home. Shayne shared the bank’s experience of moving the majority of their workforce home and dealing with challenges involving technology, mental health and wellbeing. He talked of the paying down of debt/building of savings that the bank is seeing from some of their customers along with the financial stress and hardship that many in the community are facing. It is difficult times, particularly for our friends, families and colleagues in Victoria and those people still waiting to get home to WA from afar.

In mid-September I was fortunate to be a guest at the 40under40 awards held by member Business News. Having judged the First Among Equals category, I cannot help but be impressed by the bright young things that have chosen Perth as their home. The world is their oyster for the home grown winners yet they stay in Perth (at least for now) and those not born here talked of arriving in Perth with little money and no connections but with a drive to succeed. And succeed they have.

One of the delights about getting older and wiser is that I get to help others on their journey. This year I have been mentoring Hockeyroo Lily Brazel through Minvera which matches elite sportswomen with female business leaders. Lily and I formed a panel at the WACA to share our story to date. Starting with a face-to-face meeting in February, much of our time together since then has been spent online but that did not deter us from working through the disappointment of the postponement of the Olympics or planning to grow Lily’s sustainable performance wear business - Stature. The evening was hosted by Christina Matthews, a fine example of an elite sportswoman who is now a leading business woman. A member and supporter of the Committee for Perth.

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.