PILBARA AGED PLAN
In April 2003, Innovative Business Improvement Systems Pty Ltd (IBIS) was selected by the Pilbara Regional Council to provide a report on residential aged and community care services in the Shires of Ashburton, East Pilbara, Port Hedland and Roebourne.
This Regional Plan articulates the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Pilbara Committee’s economic, environmental and social vision and goals, and underpins the work and priorities of the key stakeholders in the Region. With its foundations in The Pilbara Plan (2008) commissioned by the (then) Pilbara Area Consultative Committee, this Regional Plan has broad stakeholder endorsement and is simultaneously a planning, working and guiding blueprint for the Region.
This Plan both guides and acknowledges government priorities for the Pilbara Region, and reflects the local communities aspirations, issues and concerns. As a “work-in-progress”, it is the blueprint through which RDA Pilbara will deliver on its goals and responsibilities, while continuing to engage with a wide range of stakeholders, including the regional community, as identified in this document.
The challenges associated with the Pilbara Cities objective of transforming a region from one which has grown and fluctuated according to the investments and projects in exploiting its resources to a more sustainable and “normalized” set of towns and communities, cannot be underestimated. This Regional Plan sets the framework and outlines the actions, present and future, which are required to achieve this transformation of the Pilbara Region.
REGIONAL TOURISM PLAN
The Pilbara Regional Tourism Strategy was developed in September 2007 by Kadar Pearson & Partners Pty Ltd on behalf of the Pilbara Regional Council following an extensive review of the industry’s past, current and potential performance. Information that was considered as part of the review included industry and product development, visitor servicing, tourism marketing and the respective roles played by a wide range of key industry partners and stakeholders. It was confirmed in this report that the tourism industry is a significant contributor to the regional economy not only in financial terms but also through its contribution to economic diversity across the region by providing business opportunities and employment for residents.
The Pilbara Region is Western Australia’s second most northern region. It covers a total area of 505,378 square kilometers (PRC, 2004) and spans from the Indian Ocean to the west and Northern Territory border to the east. There are four member Councils in the Pilbara region and include the Shire of Roebourne, Shire of Ashburton, Shire of East Pilbara and the Town of Port Hedland. In February 2006, the Pilbara Regional Council (PRC) resolved to develop a regional waste management strategy for the Pilbara region. The project has been funded with contributions from the PRC 2006/07 Budget, a Pilbara Development Commission Grant and through industry contributions from BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto (Pilbara Iron) and Woodside.