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Events aplenty, birthday celebrations and the Summit just around the corner

RDA Pilbara regularly compiles a wrap of news that's important to industries and communities in the region and also the highlights of our activities on the ground.        


Read on for what's been happening from May 24 to June 14. 


Events aplenty across the Pilbara  There has been no shortage of well-received and attended events in the Pilbara of late – so many over the past few weeks that it’s tough to know where to start. 


Over the course of the past week, the Karratha & Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted an excellent Business After Hours at Metso’s new Karratha Service Centre, while RDA Pilbara CEO Tony Simpson was delighted to have the opportunity to attend the opening of the Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation's new office in Tom Price. 


The past month has also delivered a 20-year milestone for the Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a very informative Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce Women In Business Lunch (featuring Tamara BinAmat and Ambika Rebello) and, of course, the launch and announcement of winners for the 2024 Jury Art Prize. 


RDA Pilbara always enjoys the chance to get out and about in the region, talking to key business and community stakeholders about the opportunities and challenges that are important to them. These kinds of events are great places for this kind of meaningful dialogue. 


A very happy birthday to Karratha Community House  On the topic of 20th birthday celebrations, it was fantastic to see Karratha Community House being recognised last weekend for the invaluable work it has been doing for 20 years. 


KCH’s origins actually extend back to the 1990s but in its current guise it has been connecting Pilbara families through play-based learning since 2004. It runs a variety of very valuable programs, including Parent-Child Mother Goose and Holyoake DRUMBEAT, which are part of RDA Pilbara’s West Pilbara Community for Children initiative


A crowd of 600 people was on hand on Saturday to reflect on KCH’s contributions so far and the excellent work it will continue to do into the future. 

 Pilbara well-represented at the RCCIWA Forum  The Pilbara’s Chambers of Commerce and Industry – Karratha & Districts, Onslow, Port Hedland, Newman and Inland Pilbara – were all strongly represented at the RCCIWA Forum in Perth over the past couple of days. 


Great to see these organisations, which contribute so much to our local businesses and communities, getting the opportunity to participate in statewide conversations, including engaging with Members of Parliament. 

 Rio and WA Government unveil new Pilbara environmental partnership 

Rio Tinto and the State Government have announced a new partnership aimed at protecting protect the Pilbara's unique biodiversity. 


The Pilbara Conservation Project will see Rio Tinto allocate $8 million over five years to support the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' delivery of weed management, feral animal control, and bushfire management at Karijini National Park, Millstream Chichester National Park, and other sites in the region. 


The partnership will also support the creation of five new full-time jobs, plus training and fee-for-service work for Aboriginal ranger groups. 



Pilbara Summit is just around the corner  One of our region’s biggest annual events, the Pilbara Summit, is now less than two weeks away. 


The Summit is always one of the highlights of the Pilbara calendar, with its unique and relatively informal format that brings together state ministers, senior executives from resources companies, Defence Forces personnel, partners of top-tier law firms and Traditional Owners to discuss key issues. 


Attendees at the 2024 Summit will include the Ambassadors of Norway and France and the US Consul-General to WA, with decarbonisation of our region and clean energy opportunities again set to be major talking points. 


RDA Pilbara will be on the ground at the Summit and we look forward to bringing you our take on proceedings (plus some photos!). 


Read our Deputy Chair Peter Long’s blog ahead of the event: 


Pilbara features in WA domestic violence funding  Domestic violence rates in the Pilbara are a significant concern, so it’s pleasing that Port Hedland has been included in a recent round of funding from the WA Government. 


The Safe At Home program, being rolled out in Port Hedland, Kalgoorlie and Kununurra, undertakes risk assessments, safety planning and security upgrades and provides in-home support to people experiencing family and domestic violence so that they can safely stay in their own homes. 


The program started in 2010 and currently operates in eight locations in the Perth metropolitan area, Wheatbelt and the South West. 


Information on tendering to provide services for the program is available here: 


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