Digital City Joondalup is future fit
Thursday 22 July 2021
Joondalup Resort, Country Club Boulevard, Connolly
Globally-ranked futurist and social media business influencer Gihan Perera applauded Joondalup’s strides toward a thriving digital future in his keynote address at the City of Joondalup’s July business forum.
Speaking to more than 150 members of the local business community and key City stakeholders, Mr Perera said the City’s competitive mix of cyber experts and supporting infrastructure, as well as a focus on education and innovation, saw it well-positioned to meet the digital demands of the future economy.
His presentation highlighted that access to technology was now cheaper and faster and that the world was flatter, meaning businesses can make their mark globally from anywhere in the world.
“An impressive 85 per cent of companies accelerated their digital transformation in 2020. We must remember that innovation is people first, then technology – each of us has been forced to adapt quickly and take action amidst great uncertainty of late,” he said.
“We must truly enable the infrastructure needed for the future, such as NBN. These are the building blocks required for innovation – start laying the right foundations now. Joondalup has all the ingredients to be a global innovation hub – fit for the future.”
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the business forum was an essential part of shaping the City’s new 10-year Strategic Community Plan, a strategic document that will guide the City and its operations over the next decade.
Reflecting on the City’s transition from an economy supported by rapid population growth to one driven by public and private investment, innovation, and entrepreneurship, Mayor Jacob said the City was already attracting talent, research and investment both locally and globally.
“In recent months we have seen major public and private sector funding coming into our region, ranging across retail, health, education, amenities, hospitality and social services. In the last quarter, the City received development applications for several large projects worth an estimated $140 million,” he said.
“Coupled with being the site of WA’s first federally funded Innovation Hub, Joondalup has the potential to be the epicentre for homegrown and global talent, start-ups and scaleups.
“At the same time, the City maintains its commitment to our small businesses – which make up the majority of the City’s 13,000 businesses – including delivering business ready programs aimed at helping businesses be cyber safe and increasing their digital readiness.”
Mr Perera said the City and its businesses had an opportunity to build on its advantages in cyber security by further developing talent and skills in the sector and sharing the story about why cyber security is important for everyone.
Joining Mr Perera on the forum’s panel to discuss how the Joondalup economy is thriving through disruption were recently appointed Director of the WA AustCyber Innovation Hub Cecily Rawlinson and Rachael McIntyre, the General Manager of State Corporate Affairs at nbn co.