There are high hopes a new memorandum of understanding will buoy business opportunities in the region.
The move announced at yesterday’s Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry 2019 What’s Down The Track Forum outlines an agreement to identify opportunities to improve awareness of local procurement opportunities.
Signed by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA, the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission and the KBCCI, it is hoped it will grow local business capability and industry connections.
CME chief executive Paul Everingham, who made the announcement, said the MOU would build on the strong contribution of the WA resources sector to the region.
“In 2017-18, the resources sector contributed more than $1.33 billion to the Federal electorate of O’Connor, which encompasses the Goldfields-Esperance region,” he said.
“This contribution included wages and salaries, business purchases, community contributions and local government payments.
“More than 850 businesses in the electorate were also directly supported. These are impressive figures, but we want to do more when it comes to creating greater opportunities for local businesses.”
Mr Everingham said a series of local procurement workshops would be held to identify actions already undertaken within the region and identify gaps, ultimately agreeing to a set of best practice, local procurement principles.
The first workshop was held this month, with BHP Nickel West, Evolution, Gold Fields, KCGM, Northern Star Resources, Norton Gold Fields and Oz Minerals participating.