CEO UPDATE – 15th May 2018

CEO UPDATE – 15th May 2018

Dear Members,
Last week we ran a fully attended Cultural Awareness class, it was presented by local women Robin Boddington
and catered for by Donna Ronan. Our Working Together Co Ordinator Jennylyn Hamlett unfortunately lost her
daughter on the Monday night, I had not been exposed to this sad event in the Aboriginal Culture, there is quite
a protocol and tradition involved and it will be something we will address in future awareness classes. I have
learnt so much in the last week and I think every employer needs to be aware of what and how to deal with a
death in Aboriginal society.
I was also called on my members to help them in mediation with other companies, the chamber supports
mediation at all time and is impartial. I am pleased to say in both instances the cases have had a positive
outcome. If you would like help with an issue and want to organise the chambers involvement, then please
contact Glen at the Chamber.
I am pleased to report the Dongara Dennison subcommittee met on Wednesday night and a positively
progressive tone prevailed. This week the committee is meeting with local Shire Council Members in an
initiative to build relationships between the shire and the chamber, for this is seen as a positive step forward
and an opportunity to keep our members in the region informed of what is planned and going on within the
shire.
The Tourism Geraldton group met on Thursday at which the hot topic was the upcoming Growing Greater
Geraldton Tourism Investment Summit, the importance of attracting and retaining Tourism focused $ to
Geraldton and address some of the issues which may inhibit growth in this area. A range of excellent speakers
have been lined up for this great event which starts with the charter of a Qantas 737 800 which will be the
largest plan to date to land in Geraldton. It departs Perth at 1pm, arriving here at 2pm, a media event is being
held at the airport and everyone is invited to come and watch this historic event, the plane will depart at 4pm
for the return to Perth. Tickets on this flight is about $110 each way for general public which is a great deal if
you need to get home either to Geraldton or Perth.
Geraldton lies at the heart of a region with a diverse economy and many opportunities for agriculture,
aquaculture, mining, tourism, manufacturing and infrastructure opportunities. Centrally located between
Perth and Broome, in western Australia, the region has the potential to be a home for projects that build on
existing strengths, as well as new and innovative enterprises.
With strong infrastructure and linkages to the Asia Pacific region, our clean and green reputation for efficiency
and productivity ensures our produce and resources are highly sought after.
The Greater Geraldton community is inherently entrepreneurial, with the structures, resources and research to
support new investors and projects. This includes a comprehensive Growth Plan, and a dedicated
implementation agency, Progress Midwest, to drive this growth.
Greater Geraldton is open for business and Progress Midwest is the “front door” for investors and business
seeking opportunities in Greater Geraldton and the Mid West Region.
Please look up more details on the website www.progressmidwest.com.au . But I would recommend members
of the chamber who are involved in tourism to please book tickets.