The future of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder economy will be revealed on Thursday with the launch of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Growth Plan, an initiative of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder in partnership with the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission.
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Growth Plan is the final plan to be released from the first stage of the Regional Development Council’s Regional Centres Development Plan, and will drive the economic growth of Kalgoorlie Boulder to strengthen its position within the WA economy.
The Growth Plan is focused on developing partnerships between the private and public sectors; responding innovatively to barriers to economic growth; and translating visions and aspirations into potential investment, jobs and greater quality of life.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker, who will Chair the Growth Plan Governance Group, said despite speculation on the future of Royalties for Regions and the new Government’s regional plans, the City was committed to delivering on the Growth Plan.
“We have spent a significant amount of time and money on the development of these documents, and we will now be using them as part of our strategic planning,” he said.
“If there is funding available for Growth Plan projects, of course we will pursue it. If there’s not, we will find alternative ways of funding the projects. It may take a little longer, but these are projects and initiatives that our City needs to pursue.”
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor John Bowler, who was the Chair of the Growth Plan Partnership, said the Growth Plan was truly a reflection of the community’s desire for economic diversification.
“There was massive amounts of community engagement done as part of the Growth Plan development, and we owe it to the broader community, including the residents and the various industry stakeholders, to take on board what has been said and work towards a strong and sustainable economic future for Kalgoorlie-Boulder,” he said.
“What we have now is a clear direction for economic development and diversification, which has been driven by community feedback, and will continue to be driven by industry champions from within the community, as we pursue the seven focus areas of the Growth Plan.”
Chair of the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission, Kate Fielding, said the development of the Growth Plan has ensured a strong partnership between the GEDC, the City and other key stakeholders.
“There has been so much work done, not just by the GEDC and the City, but also by other key industry stakeholders such as the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chamber of Minerals and Energy, Regional Development Australia Goldfields-Esperance,” she said.
“This collaborative partnership along with advisory groups, which will be formed to address the seven focus areas, is important to the future implementation of the Growth Plan.”
Ms Fielding took the opportunity to acknowledge and thank the many participants who had contributed to the development of the plan through the Futures Forum held in May 2016 and the many local consultations that occurred in 2016.
The Growth Plan is available to download from the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Strategic Planning Documents page