In a first for the Pilbara region, the State Government is inviting local residents to a ‘21st Century Dialogue’ to have their say on the future of Newman.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan today announced that the innovative forum - Dialogue with the Pilbara: Newman Tomorrow - would be held on September 30.
The event will be the largest community dialogue held in the region. It will focus on what the Newman community want from their town and what needs to be done now to achieve it.
Ms MacTiernan said Newman was at a critical point in its history, with extraordinary growth in the iron ore mining industry, and growing interest in the Karijini National Park creating challenges and opportunities for a more diverse economy.
“There have been numerous social impact and planning studies done for the town and surrounding indigenous communities,” she said.
“Using these studies as building blocks, it is now time to get government, industry and the community talking together to determine the best way forward.
“More than 250 people from Newman and the surrounding Martu communities are expected to take part in the forum which will give them the opportunity to have their say in shaping the future of Newman.
“The dialogue is structured so everyone who participates shares ideas and has a say.
“To ensure that the forum represents a broad cross-section of the community, a third of the invitations will be sent to a random sample of Newman residents, a third to stakeholder organisations, and the remaining will be selected from those who nominate themselves in response to community advertisements.
“The forum will be similar to the Dialogue with the City attended by 1,100 people in Perth in September 2003, out of which a community planning strategy, ‘The Network City’ was developed and will soon be considered by the State Government as the blueprint for Perth.”
Those interested in attending the Newman forum can contact Melanie Police at the Shire of East Pilbara on 91754100 or Cindy Portland at the office of Hon John Ford MLC on 9177 8904 by Monday, September 6.
Ms MacTiernan and Local Government and Regional Development Minister Tom Stephens will attend the forum, which is also being supported by the Shire of East Pilbara, Pilbara Development Commission and BHP Billiton Iron Ore.
A steering group of community, local, regional and State members will oversee the process.
Minister's office: 9213 6400