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Opportunities at RDA Pilbara, big events and a flying visit from the Eagles

Each week, RDA Pilbara 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 September 29 to October 6.

Your chance to join RDA Pilbara An exciting opportunity is still on offer for the right candidate to join RDA Pilbara as a Contract & Program Manager and manage our West Pilbara Communities for Children Program.

RDA Pilbara is a Facilitating Partner for the Department of Social Services' Communities for Children Facilitating Partner (CfC FP) program, which is a place-based model of investment supporting children and families in disadvantaged communities across Australia.

If you enjoy a busy and rewarding role and have experience with contract management and procurement and grants, please consider applying.

The role makes important contributions to strengthening Pilbara communities and comes with a range of benefits, including flexible working arrangements, five weeks' annual leave and professional development opportunities.

Call for RDA Pilbara Committee nominations Regional Development Australia is calling for leaders to drive regional economic development in the Pilbara. People with commitment to economic development, vision, drive and experience, who are able to foster strong communication between local communities and all levels of government, are encouraged to submit an application.

Women, First Nations Australians, people from diverse cultural backgrounds, and people with disability are encouraged to apply.

Apply for a role as Committee member by 18 October 2023 to join a national network of local people creating local opportunities. Join your RDA:

Pilbara Summit just around the corner One of our region’s major industry events – the Pilbara Summit – is now only a matter of days away.

The two-day Summit will attract a capacity crowd to the Red Earth Arts Precinct, with RDA Pilbara looking forward to being part of the important conversations that will help take our region forward.

Major themes for this year’s Summit include decarbonisation in the Pilbara (including industry), new energy opportunities (including for export) and Traditional Owner engagement and agreement-making (particularly around renewables projects).

The Summit has an increasingly international flavour to it, with 2023 seeing diplomatic representation from Norway and France, and a Canadian Aboriginal law expert on the speaker list.

More details:

Don’t miss the North West Multicultural Show Speaking of big events, don’t forget about the North West Multicultural Show, which is being held at the Red Earth Arts Precinct on Saturday October 14.

The cultural diversity of Pilbara communities is one of our biggest selling points as a region and the Multicultural Show is a great opportunity to celebrate that – and to enjoy some wonderful food!.

RDA Pilbara is very proud to be a sponsor.

More details and tickets:

Resources industry makes progress on diversity Sticking with the diversity theme, it was really pleasing to read an article on the ABC Pilbara website this week about the ever-growing representation of women in mining and resources.

It’s equally pleasing to see a Pilbara-based business leading with the way, with the story profiling a number of initiatives Pilbara Minerals has put in place at its Pilgangoora lithium mine to provide support networks for women on site.

Read the full story at:

Australian gas strategy now open for consultation The Federal Government has this week opened up consultation on Australia's Future Gas Strategy - which will outline the country's approach to managing gas up to 2050.

Natural gas is not only critical to the economies and communities of the Pilbara but also of great national and international importance, with many of Australia's Asian neighbours relying on our gas for energy security and decarbonisation.

A discussion paper has been published to help inform the Strategy and the Federal Government is calling for submissions, with a deadline of November 13.

More details at:

Eagles flying high in the Pilbara Representatives of the West Coast Eagles were back in the Pilbara recently, supporting the second annual East Pilbara Carnival in Newman.

The unique event is a collaboration between more than 23 organisations and for some of the participants it’s the only structured age-appropriate carnival they will get the chance to compete in this year.

Both boys and girls were able to play, with players from Newman, Tom Price, Paraburdoo and the Western Desert involved.

Read more at:

Image credit: West Coast Eagles website

Emerging Minds Australia workforce survey

The Emerging Minds Australia 2023 National Workforce Survey for Child, Parent and Family Mental Health is now open.

It's an extremely important tool to help shape child mental health policy, and the team at Emerging Minds wants to hear from anyone working in health, social or community services to better understand workforce needs and practice challenges.

Participation offers the chance to win 1 of 5 iPads and the survey can be accessed here:

RDA Pilbara Grants Hub is now open

A reminder that RDA Pilbara’s Grants Hub is now open and ready to act as a one-stop shop for all local businesses, community groups, not-for-profits and individuals who are considering applying for a grant.

You can see what grants are available, register to receive alerts when new opportunities arise and access tips to help you apply for grants.

The Hub is live and ready to go, so please visit it here:

RDA Pilbara AGM October 24 There are now less than three weeks to go until RDA Pilbara's 2023 AGM is held in Karratha - a chance to celebrate achievements of the past year with us, network with fellow professionals and look ahead to the future.

For catering purposes, we request that everyone intending to come along please lets us know by October 20. RSVPs can be sent to Natalie at

Pilbara Ports projects powering along A couple more visually impressive updates from Pilbara Ports Authority this week on the Spoilbank Marina and Lumsden Point projects. Spoilbank's boat ramps are expected to be open by the end of the year, while Lumsden Point will facilitate the export of battery metals, the import of renewable energy infrastructure and support the growth of direct shipping services to the Pilbara.

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