Chair’s Report – Peel magazine (Spring/Summer 2018)

L to R: Paddi Creevey (PDC), Lester Chan (Fund Singapore), Andrew Hastie (Federal Member for Canning), Professor David Morrison (Murdoch University) and Dean Unsworth (Shire of Murray).

Working with the Commission’s Board and Staff to ensure the Government’s direction of creating more jobs, diversifying our economy and reflecting the needs of our region, are realised can be challenging, but is always incredibly satisfying. To see local businesses, local governments and aligned agencies working together with State and Federal Government to achieve our vision of Peel as a progressive, prosperous and dynamic region with a culture of care, is fantastic for the region and personally inspiring for me.

The twin themes of tourism excellence and thriving industry for this issue of the magazine have provided the framework to highlight some of the fantastic work and highly capable people that characterise our region. Peel’s diverse physical features and unique natural environment underpin the region’s innate active, outdoors and aquatic lifestyle, and our emerging industries make it a terrific place to live, work and visit.

The Transform Peel project is set to provide great opportunities for the region and I’m thrilled with the effort that’s been made in collaboration with Landcorp to ensure that local businesses are given every opportunity to participate in and benefit from those opportunities. When we engage our local businesses in local projects and support their capability and success, we create momentum, growth and prosperity for the region.

In August I was delighted to lead a delegation to Canberra for a number of high level meetings with current government ministers and Shadow Ministers. Accompanying me was the CEO of Shire of Murray; a representative from Murdoch University and the CEO of one of our international investment partners, Fund Singapore. Important topics that were discussed and which we were advocated for on behalf of the region included the Peel Business Park and agri-innovation precinct, Pinjarra heavy haulage deviation, trails, aged care, tourism and international investment in WA. The discussions held were very worthwhile and I thank both Federal member fore Canning, Andrew Hastie, and Senator Louise Pratt’s office for their assistance in arranging the meetings.

The Shire of Murray’s work in embedding the ‘where trails meet’ brand with the development of the trails initiative and the transformation of the visitor information centre to an amazing trails hub is nothing short of brilliant. It’s exciting to see the plans and strategy to tap the town’s natural potential in what will definitely become a shining jewel in our region’s crown.

I was really delighted to attend the opening of the Boddington Interpretive Centre earlier this year and I’m very pleased to see Boddington as the region in focus in this edition of the magazine. Boddington has such a rich and unique history that’s reflected in their engaged community and the projects and initiatives they put their collaborative energy into.

This article was first published in the Peel Magazine, Spring/Summer 2018 – vol 4.2 – to read and download the full magazine, click here.

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