December 2018

Dec 19, 2018

The year in summary

It’s been another cracking year in the powerhouse Pilbara.

We started growing oysters in the Dampier Archipelago, hosted the Pilbara’s first creative and cultural forum, unveiled designs for the Port Hedland Spoilbank Marina and opened the first Regional Economic Development grants round.

None of these achievements would have been possible without the continued support of our regional development partners across all levels of government, industry, business and the community. We look forward to continuing these important partnerships in 2019 and into the future.

We’ll be taking a quick break over the festive period to get ready for another big year in 2019. Our offices will be closed from 24 December and will reopen on Tuesday 2 January.

New direction for Hedland creatives

A new collaborative has formed in Port Hedland bringing together some of the town’s most talented makers and creatives who have combined to run pop-up shops and creative workshops.

The Junction is a group of alumni from the Creative Business Development Series, a program run by FORM with support from the Pilbara Development Commission.

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Award winning festival back for 2019

The Pilbara's premier cultural tourism event, the Karijini Experience, was recently awarded WA winner of the 2018 Australian Event Awards.

From humble beginnings in 2013 where 70 people gathered at the Karijini Eco Retreat for a tourism workshop and dinner, the event has quickly grown to a week-long festival of culture and arts, which last year attracted more than 1,600 visitors.

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Unique crop trial underway in Newman

Peach and nectarine trees and grape vines have been planted at the Martu Farm near Newman as part of an irrigated agricultural trial in the Pilbara.

This project could pave the way for a new commercial fresh produce industry in the Pilbara, creating local employment and building greater diversity in the region's economy.

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Boost your business capability

Two Pilbara businesses have been awarded grants under the Local Capability Fund to support improvements to their business capability and productivity.

There's still time to apply with applications open until 28 February 2018.

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