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Opening the door for local businesses to be part of waterfront project

Friday, 2 June 2017

The capability of locals to contribute to a project designed to take Bunbury forward was highlighted at a special information session on Thursday (June 1).

About 130 people attended the Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront event to showcase what their business or organisation has to offer the Dolphin Discovery Centre redevelopment of the multi-stage project.

Organised by the South West Development Commission, the event gave attendees the chance to showcase how they can assist the three short-listed tenderers to deliver the upgrade and expansion of the popular tourist attraction.

SWDC acting chief executive officer Anna Oades said the session was designed to act as a springboard to potential future business partnerships.

"Attendees had a chance to meet face-to-face with representatives from the short-listed tenderers, and discuss their capabilities with them," Ms Oades said.

"It was successful in highlighting to the short-listed tenderers the depth and breadth of capability in the Bunbury business community that's available to help with this project."

SWDC assistant director infrastructure Ashley Clements said positive feedback about the event was received, including the speed networking segment of the morning.

"The Commission's role was to bring people together. We're already starting to hear stories about people making connections that they hope will lead to work," Mr Clements said.

Bunbury MLA Don Punch said the event was a great opportunity to link local suppliers to lead contractors involved with the next stage of the waterfront project.

"The government is committed that wherever possible local employers have the opportunity to gain work out of government contracts, and I hope to see more of this type of event into the future," Mr Punch said.

SWDC plans to coordinate similar events as the TBW project moves into stages two and three.

The information session formed part of efforts by the State Government and SWDC to maximise the number of local jobs created by Royalties for Regions-funded projects in the South West.

The capability of locals to contribute to a project designed to take Bunbury forward was highlighted at a special information session on Thursday (June 1).
About 130 people attended the Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront event to showcase what their business or organisation has to offer the Dolphin Discovery Centre redevelopment of the multi-stage project.
Organised by the South West Development Commission, the event gave attendees the chance to showcase how they can assist the three short-listed tenderers to deliver the upgrade and expansion of the popular tourist attraction.
SWDC acting chief executive officer Anna Oades said the session was designed to act as a springboard to potential future business partnerships.
"Attendees had a chance to meet face-to-face with representatives from the short-listed tenderers, and discuss their capabilities with them," Ms Oades said.
"It was successful in highlighting to the short-listed tenderers the depth and breadth of capability in the Bunbury business community that's available to help with this project."
SWDC assistant director infrastructure Ashley Clements said positive feedback about the event was received, including the speed networking segment of the morning.
"The Commission's role was to bring people together. We're already starting to hear stories about people making connections that they hope will lead to work," Mr Clements said.
Bunbury MLA Don Punch said the event was a great opportunity to link local suppliers to lead contractors involved with the next stage of the waterfront project.
"The government is committed that wherever possible local employers have the opportunity to gain work out of government contracts, and I hope to see more of this type of event into the future," Mr Punch said.
SWDC plans to coordinate similar events as the TBW project moves into stages two and three.
The information session formed part of efforts by the State Government and SWDC to maximise the number of local jobs created by Royalties for Regions-funded projects in the South West.

 

 

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