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Jun 25, 2018

Pilbara-based businesses, from tradies to professional service providers, will have a greater opportunity to win more WA Government contracts thanks to the WA Industry Link initiative.

Part of the new WA Jobs Bill, WA Industry Link is the first step towards ensuring the $27 billion spent annually on State Government procurement supports local businesses and creates more jobs for locals.

Workshops will be hosted by the Pilbara Development Commission in Karratha and Port Hedland next month for local businesses to learn more about how the initiative will create opportunities for their business.

Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill said supporting local businesses in the Pilbara was vital to create a strong local economy.

“Small business is the back bone of a regional economy as a key provider of jobs, training and career development opportunities for locals,” Mr Hill said.

“The Pilbara has a low representation of small businesses in comparison to the rest of regional WA, the WA Industry Link initiative is a great opportunity to support future growth in this sector.

“Developing a diverse and competitive small to medium business sector is crucial to achieving sustainable economic growth and providing a diversity of career choices for Pilbara residents.”

The workshops will also provide information to businesses about the new Pilbara local content advisor role.

“Recruitment of this new position is progressing well and we aim to make an appointment in the coming weeks,” Mr Hill said.

“The local content advisor will be the key conduit between government procurement and local businesses, but will also play an important advocacy role with big businesses such as the resources sector to ensure our local businesses are in the best shape to win contracts.”

A workshop will be held in Karratha on Monday 2 July, and in Port Hedland on Tuesday 3 July. Visit the Pilbara Development Commission website for more information or to registerwww.pdc.wa.gov.au/workshops

Information about WA Industry Link will also be available to delegates attending the Hedland Economic and Resources Forum in Port Hedland on 4 July.

The WA Industry Link comprises of the development and implementation of the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy, the Industry Link Advisory Service, regionally based Local Content Advisers and a web portal.

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