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Jul 25, 2014

Nine members of the Australian Defence College visited the Pilbara last week to gain a better understanding of the significance of the region in the context of national security.

Hosted by the Pilbara Development Commission, the group toured mine sites and sought briefings from local Council and Government agencies.

Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Dr Ken King said the Pilbara's mining operations were a significant factor in Australia's position on the global stage.

"These tours, which are now part of the College program, assist by familiarising members with current and future planned operations in the North West, which will inform planning operations and future protection of the area," Dr King said.

"Security is one of the key transformational opportunities that exist for the future diversification of the Pilbara and will be highlighted as such in the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint which is currently in development by the Commission."

The tour visited Rio Tinto, Woodside, Dampier Salt, Pilbara Ports Authority and Fortescue Metals Group over the three day visit.

"In addition to industry tours we also introduced them to the opportunities that existed for diversification through tourism, industry and small business development," Dr King said.

Tour group members are currently completing the Australian Command and Staff College course, which aims to provide graduates with a wide range of employment throughout the Australian Defence Organisation.

(ENDS)

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