April 2013 -  E-Newsletter 

Still time to register for the Esperance annual "Over the Horizon" forum

Over the Horizon poster

The event will be held on Friday 3rd May 2013 at the Esperance Civic Centre from 10.30am to 5pm. Presenters include Hon Gary Gray (Minister for Minerals and Resources; Small Business; Tourism) or Tony Crook MP (Member for O’Connor), Andrew Murray (Chair, WA Regional Development Trust), Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA, Nicolle Jenkins (The Hub Marketing, Social Media), amongst many others.

The event, sponsored by the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission gives the community a comprehensive insight into what is happening today and within the foreseeable future in the Goldfields-Esperance region.

For more information on the program, please download the Registration Details Form or visit the  Over the Horizon registration site

Have a say in the State Government Living in the Regions Survey, to commence on 22 April 2013

Goldfields-Esperance residents  are invited to participate in a ‘quality of life’ survey, called Living in the Regions 2013, starting Monday 22 April. The Living in the Regions 2013 survey consists of a study of perceptions and experience of life in regional Western Australia, including questions such as reason(s) for moving to or living in a particular region, what is seen as the strengths of that region and how happy people are living there.Poster for Living in the Regions survey

Organised by the Department of Regional Development & Lands, with the support of the Regional Development Commissions, the survey will close on Friday 10 May 2013. The intention is to gather over 10 000 responses through a mail out and an online survey open to all regional and metropolitan  residents. Based on this survey the Department of Regional Development and Lands will publish a series of state and regional reports.

To participate in the on line survey, please go to the Living in the Regions Survey.  Hard copies of the survey are also available from  local Community Resource Centres. It is important that as many people as possible fill in this survey. Your comments will help the State Government develop projects and programs best suited for Western Australia's regions. All individual information will be kept confidential.

"This is a great opportunity for our communities to be heard and express just what it is that makes regional WA such a great place to live”  Minister for Regional Development, the Hon. Brendon Grylls commented  in his press statement

Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission launches new website and free economic profiling tool

The GEDC Website was officially launched on Friday 19 April, 2013 by   Chairman Jon Price.  "The new site is user friendly, attractive and contains tools that will be of great assistance to the community" Jon said.
Jon Price at launch of website
Over thirty people attended the launch and listened to a presentation
by Matthew Nicholls of Compelling Economics on the Economic
Profiling tool provided on the website which offers relevant regional economic profiling information to assist  businesses, future investors, government departments, not for profit organisations, students and community members.

REMPLAN Economic Profiling is available on our Economy page.

Lucky draw for Jalen at science festival

Around 600 school children and many community members enjoyed short talks, hands-on activities and displays at the recent Science Awareness Festival at the Kalgoorlie Town Hall.

The event, designed to lift awareness and interest in science featured visiting and local exhibitors.  One exhibitor, the Goldfields Education Mining Industry Alliance (GEMIA) Inc. offered the very popular and fun ‘dress up like a miner’ experience as well as informative careers, processing, geology and environmental activities.

Eight year old Jalen Bryant was the lucky winner of the GEMIA raffle. Scientifically speaking he had a 1 in 240 chance of winning! Travelling from Kambalda to collect his prize home schooled Jalen was delighted with his basket of science related items.

The GEDC, a long time GEMIA participant, spoke with students over the two days about their study and career possibilities and encouraged interest in mining and related sciences.

What Makes You Stand Out? David Rendall’s freak factor in the Goldfields

International speaker and author David Rendall has been helping people discover their powerful uniqueness or ‘Freak Factor’ for over fifteen years. 

Around  300 young people and 100 community members from Kalgoorlie-Boulder  were lucky to hear  David’s message about finding success and improving performance by embracing weaknesses rather than trying to deny them. “Most people think that they should find and fix their weaknesses (but) in fact, our weaknesses are actually the best clue to oDavid Rendall of the Freak Factorur strengths” was David's message to those who attended the three amusing and very informative sessions.

David’s visit, as part of a regional tour, was an initiative of the School Business Community Partnership Broker Maria Gaspar, who had previously attended a workshop with David and  "could see the benefits for others that work with youth to hear first hand from David”.  The GEDC was pleased to assist with the promotion of the event.

Youth and community members can access David’s valuable messages at David Rendall site.

Economic modelling and Goldfields-Esperance tourism projects

Economic modelling is a service that the GEDC has offered for several years. Tourist projects such as the Festival of the Wind, Leonora Golden Gift, Fields of Gold Motor home rally, Heart of Gold Arts Festival, Goldfields Tourism Project, Esperance Waterfront Arts Conference, and many others have sought information on the economic ‘flow on’ or multiplier benefits associated with their activities.

Regional tourism is important to the Goldfields-Esperance region, the sector annually contributing to direct employment of over 1500 positions and nearly $300 million in demand for goods and services . 

Latest reports show that an estimated 1,130,500 visitor nights are spent just in the Goldfields each year. Activities that increase tourism activity can have a dramatic impact on the potential earnings and employment in the region, directly and indirectly.

Film tourism is an example of this. Broken Hill in New South Wales has a successful tourism sector in part due to films like “Mad Max” and “Pricilla Queen of the Desert”.  The Pilbara likewise exposing it attractions to visitors through the 2011 film “Red Dog”. The recent use of Goldfields landscapes and features in the ‘Son of a Gun’ production featuring globally recognised actor Ewan McGregor similarly offers tourism industry opportunities for the region.

A Goldfields tourism initiative that lifts tourism interest and the number of regional visitor nights by just four  percent could result in further direct and flow on impacts of up to $8.69 million in demand for local goods and services, 41 new jobs, and wages and salaries of up to $2.06 as regional economic benefits. Tourism expenditure is shown to flow across most industry sectors.  

Contact the GEDC for more information or to access impact modelling of your projects.

Esperance SuperTowns first project well on trackHeadland under construction

The Esperance Waterfront Redevelopment Project, the centrepiece of the
SuperTowns programme is on track.The project, which received  $12.5 million from the Royalties for Regions SuperTowns program,  is progressing well.

Construction along the foreshore commenced in February 2013 and the completion of the seawall and headland is expected by May as well as the reconnection to the Tanker Jetty which has been closed to the public for a few months.

The activity on the site has not frightened Esperance Jetty icon,  Sammy the Seal, who has now become the mascot of the contractors working on the project, Italia StoneGroup. The contractors have declared themselves Sammy friendly and commissioned stickers and magnets displayed on hard hats, site vehicles, trucks and the fence surrounding the site!

New Manager of Infrastructure and Planning  for GEDC

Brian Jones

Manager for Infrastructure and Planning, Brian Jones, recently joined the ranks of the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission staff. Raised in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Brian left the region in 1988 to pursue a career in local government and returned to the Goldfields a couple of years ago. Brian previously worked for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder as Commercial Manager, and was CEO of the Shires of Irwin, Katanning and Boddington.



Hon. Brendon Grylls retains Regional Development Portfolio

Following his successful election as the new Member for Pilbara,The Hon. Brendon Grylls, MLA
the Hon. Brendon Grylls has retained the Portfolio of Regional Development.

During his previous term, Minister Grylls visited the Goldfields-Esperance region on many occasions and is well aware of the issues confronting the region.

Mr Grylls has been the driver of the Royalties for Regions program which addressed significant shortfalls in infrastructure and services across regional Australia.

The GEDC congratulates the Minister on his reappointment and looks forward to a bright future for the region.