The development of a “Technology Precinct” in Bentley to complement activities in and around the existing Technology Park has taken a step forward with the appointment of a six-member management board to progress the initiative.
Commerce and Trade Minister Hendy Cowan said the Bentley Technology Park, which houses 82 companies employing more than 2,400 people, is the most successful technology park in Australia and is recognised internationally as a leader in its field.
“The aim of the Technology Precinct is to build on the park’s success by developing links with surrounding industry, community and educational facilities to enhance the economic potential of the wider area,” Mr Cowan said.
“The whole precinct will then become synonymous with technology and innovation and be promoted as such both nationally and internationally.”
Organisations and facilities surrounding the Technology Park include research and development organisations, manufacturing industry, government agencies, educational institutions, recreational facilities and social and community organisations.
“All up, the precinct provides study and employment for over 30,000 people each working day,” Mr Cowan said.
“There is great potential to develop synergies between all of these facilities, organisations and the local community within a technology precinct which is both a flagship for innovation and a vibrant area to work, live, study and take leisure.”
Mr Cowan said the management board brought together a range of expertise in all areas embraced by the precinct, including research, education, technology, community, youth and aged issues, enterprise development, land development and planning.
The board will be chaired by Ms Marian Tye, a businesswoman and academic with an extensive background in enterprise development and business facilitation. Her present focus is on identifying opportunities resulting from advances in communications technologies.
Other board members include Professor Paul Rossiter, vice chancellor (research and development) Curtin University; Mr Paul Conti, director, Sheffield Estates Pty Ltd; Ms Debbie Doncon, executive director, Independent Living Centre of WA; Mr Allan Tranter, managing director, CANDA Holdings Pty Ltd (trading as Creating Communities); and Mr John Poulsen, head of Minter Ellison’s Corporate and Commercial Group.
The board’s activities will be to progress projects that assist with the promotion and development of the precinct.
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