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The Commission gives a voice to young professionals

Sep 1, 2016

Twelve young professionals will take the stage at two events in the Pilbara next month as the University of Western Australia Debating Union (UWADU) visits the region. The initiative of the Pilbara Development Commission (Commission) aims to provide professional development opportunities for young emerging leaders in the region, and encourage them to actively think about the future.

With 40% of the working population in the region under 35, the Commission recognises that today’s youth are integral to achieving the region’s Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint vision, and that young emerging leaders will play a key part in shaping the future of the region.

Events are being hosted in Karratha and Port Hedland on September 28 and September 29 respectively, targeting individuals under the age of 35.

The events will be a debate battle royale between two local teams of young professionals. Teams will debate it out over one of Australia’s most controversial issues – should the government increase taxes on companies that actively contribute to global warming.

Commission Chief Executive Officer, Terry Hill said the Commission recognises that today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, and that the organisation is actively developing a strategy to equip and support young emerging leaders in the region.

“A key priority for the Commission is to develop people’s capability to drive growth and prosperity in the region. The challenges of distance mean the young working population of the Pilbara face barriers not experienced in larger urban centres. We want to provide them with the same career development opportunities that their peers have access to in the larger urban areas and take their leadership development to the next level. This is the first time the UWADU has come to the region, and I encourage all organisations to support their young emerging leaders to attend,” Mr Hill said.

Commission Project Officer Cassie Baldock is driving the initiative with other young leaders in the organisation.

“If you are interested in issues and topics that affect the community in which you live, and you want to build your skills and confidence in argument development, speaking style and negotiation tactics, then register and come along to one of the events,” Ms Baldock said.

“The events will also provide us with an opportunity to engage with young leaders across the Pilbara to identify the activities we should doing in the future that will provide the most benefit for their development as leaders,” Ms Baldock said.


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