Planning for a capable, skilled and diversified workforce in the future features prominently in the vision of Peel as a progressive, prosperous and dynamic region with a culture of care, and that means supporting local participation and innovation within the region today.
The State Government’s commitment to creating more local jobs is underpinned by the WA Jobs Act, and the appointment of a dedicated Peel Local Content Advisor ensures that opportunities for WA businesses to deliver government goods and services are maximised.
The Transform Peel project is set to provide opportunities for businesses in Peel and I’m thrilled with the investment and innovation interest that the Peel Business Park has already triggered as part of this initiative.
Over the course of the project, Transform Peel is set to contribute up to $16 billion in economic output to the region and up to 33,000 jobs by 2050. That means economic growth, more jobs and innovative new industries.
The procurement of trunk infrastructure for the Peel Business Park will soon be commencing and to support community and business engagement across the region, our Peel Local Content Advisor has been working in collaboration with Landcorp to ensure that opportunities for local businesses to participate are maximised.
With support from the Peel Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the development and promotion of the Peel-based business register is an important first step in maximising local participation in the work the project generates.
A really important aspect of the register that I can’t stress enough, is that it encompasses a wide and diverse range of businesses and does not discriminate based on size.
While civil construction and companies providing site works, for example, are probably an obvious match, we’re encouraging all of the associated and ancillary product and service providers to register their interest.
This could be anything from catering services, human resources, plant hire, landscaping, artists and heritage management.
Engaging our local businesses in local projects and supporting their capability for success, is fundamental in creating momentum, growth and prosperity for the region and this register is a way for local businesses to get onboard.
We are in the middle of doing things very differently to what’s been done in the past and opportunities like the Peel-based business register reflect our commitment to connecting local businesses with Federal, State and Local Government initiatives to ensure better outcomes for our region.
Paddi Creevey OAM is the chair of Peel Development Commission