Premier addresses local business community

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Earlier today The Hon Mark McGowan MLA, Premier of Western Australia, addressed more than 230 members of the City’s local business community at a breakfast forum at Joondalup Resort.

The Premier launched the new Streamline WA online portal, a new tool to slash red tape and increase collaboration between small business and State Government.

In the Premier’s address, he shared an overview of the State Government’s Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity program and outlined the Government’s agenda, key investments, reforms and the anticipated benefits it would bring to the City of Joondalup and northern corridor – one of the fastest growing regions per population in Australia.

Mr McGowan said one of the key targets the Government had set as part of the Our Priorities program was to create 150,000 new jobs by 2023/24 and that Streamline WA would assist by identifying and removing barriers for economic growth and job creation.

“The Streamline WA portal will enable small business and community members to propose ways to cut red tape, reform regulation, increase collaboration and encourage job growth,” Mr McGowan said.

“Together with small business and local government, we want to work together to create new job opportunities and encourage economic growth to ensure a sustainable and exciting future for our northern suburbs.

“Joondalup is often called the second capital city of Western Australia for good reason − it is a hub of economic activity and over the next decade will continue to grow.”

The Premier then took part in a 20-minute question and answer session, which was facilitated by Joondalup CEO Garry Hunt.

Questions the Premier addressed from the audience included: How the City of Joondalup could capitalise on the recent occupation of the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation at Prime House and whether the McGowan Government was supportive of the creation of a technology precinct in the City of Joondalup?

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said there were many notable areas of alignment between the State Government’s priorities and current City of Joondalup focus areas, particularly in relation to jobs creation, Asian engagement and international education, innovation and cyber security.

“The Western Australian Government has a target of creating 150,000 new jobs in the State by 2023-24. Our own Joondalup Activity Centre Plan has an objective to grow employment in the Joondalup City Centre to 45,000 jobs by 2050 and current jobs growth indicates we are on track to achieve that target,” he said.

Mayor Jacob said the City’s Economic Development Strategy outlined a strong commitment to global initiative and the implementation of the City’s international activities had added over $70 million of economic activity to the local economy which has the capacity to create an additional 247 full time equivalent jobs.

“The City’s IEDAP highlights Joondalup’s core strengths in sectors such as international education, tourism, health and medical (aged care). The implementation of the IEDAP is already contributing positively towards investment, jobs growth, education and visitor attraction for the City of Joondalup,” Mayor Jacob said.

“Earlier this year, the City sent a formal delegation to China to negotiate formal agreements with the cities of Jinan and Huzhou that will enable several bilateral economic opportunities within the priority sectors of health, education, tourism and vocational education training.

“A key objective of the delegation was for the City to assist its key stakeholders achieve their business goals and to increase international trade between Joondalup and businesses in China. This has largely been achieved and the City’s delegates secured the required contacts and opportunities to take the next steps to directly engage with China, with minimal involvement from the City.”

Mayor Jacob said the City also had a goal to build Joondalup’s reputation as a place for innovation and creativity by enhancing growth in the creative industries and innovative businesses that expand local strategic employment.

“Joondalup has emerged as the hub of cyber security in Western Australia and the existing collaborative relationship between the State Government’s Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI), Edith Cowan University (ECU), local businesses and the City continues to generate significant positive outcomes,” he said.

“Our City is also home to several home-grown training institutions and technology businesses, including North Metro TAFE, ECU, SEQTA, Sapien Cyber and the newly-established Australian Medical Association (WA) International Training college.”

Attendees also took the opportunity to access information from a range of business support organisations.