City of Karratha

New Pilbara Conference wrap

08 Sep 2017

Last week ‘The New Pilbara’ was held in Perth, hosted by the four Chambers of Commerce within the Pilbara. The conference was attended by more than 450 people and really shone the spotlight on the region as an area loaded with opportunity.

Common themes that came up throughout the conference were diversifying our economy so that the Pilbara remains ‘business as usual’ no matter the cyclical stage of the mining sector. Small-to-medium enterprise growth, renewable energy (particularly solar farms), agriculture and cultural tourism were highlighted as the most promising ways to achieve this and there are a number of innovative projects moving forward in these arenas already including:

  • The Sahara Forest Project
  • An Innovation Hub located near the Airport – including one company planning to extract magnesium from salt farm byproducts.
  • Rock oyster research and development in the Dampier Archipelago
    -Each of these ventures are supported by the City in some capacity.

There are also greater opportunities for small business with the removal of the previously significant barriers to entry. Cost and availability of commercial land, labour availability and wages have all improved, along with rent and housing prices. There are now more opportunities for small business than ever before, particularly around the supply goods and services to industry.

The positivity at the event shone through, particularly for Karrratha which is becoming known as a complete and liveable City following the significant investment in facilities infrastructure and significant growth in family households with children.

Other promising growth plans where mentioned by Yara, Artemis Resources and Woodside who are building infrastructure to enable the distribution of LNG to the Pilbara as an alternative fuel source for diesel, as well as using LNG to power their vessels. Melissa Price Federal MP also highlighted Karratha as the ideal place to have the Pilbara Universities Centre.

Congratulations to our team and the KDDCI for a very successful and worthwhile event.


Check out 'The New Pilbara' results in The West Australian:
Page One (PDF 377KB)
Page Two (PDF 452KB)
Page Three (PDF 384KB)


Grow with the City of Karratha from City of Karratha on Vimeo.

Here's the brochure we presented as part of our exhibition stand: Brochure (PDF 21MB)