Premier attraction at City Business Forum

The Hon. Mark McGowan MLA, Premier of Western Australia, will provide the keynote speech at the City of Joondalup’s first business forum of 2022 at Joondalup Resort on Thursday 2 June.

Mr McGowan will address the forum theme: Growing the global economy through local communities, speaking about the importance of economic diversification for the State and how strategic growth centres like Joondalup will play a significant role in WA emerging stronger from the pandemic.

The Premier will then discuss these issues in a conversation session with City of Joondalup CEO James Pearson.

It is the second time the Premier has attended a City of Joondalup business forum, having previously delivered a keynote speech at the City’s June 2019 forum. Premier McGowan and his Cabinet met in Joondalup in 2020.

A sold-out audience of 320 is expected.

“Setting up our State for the future is one of my Government’s key priorities and the most fundamental way to achieve that is to diversify the economy,” Mr McGowan said.

“We are investing across a range of industries and economic infrastructure projects in Perth’s north and beyond to drive deeper economic diversification and generate jobs.

“My Government’s Diversify WA strategy and WA Jobs Plan are enabling us to build a resilient economy as Western Australia continues to reconnect with the world.”

Also speaking at the forum will be Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCIWA) Chief Economist Aaron Morey.

Mr Morey will provide an update on the WA economy, bringing to light some of the challenges and supply chain vulnerabilities that have emerged during COVID-19 and highlighting the impact the pandemic has had on housing markets and local communities.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said it was testament to the high regard that the City and its business forums are held that Mr McGowan had again put aside time to address the Joondalup and northern metropolitan business community.

“This is an opportunity for key City stakeholders to hear directly from the Premier of our State about the Government’s strategy to boost and sustain economic growth and the opportunities it offers to people and businesses in Joondalup, and the northern region we serve, as WA emerges stronger from the COVID-19 challenge,” he said.

“Supply chain disruption, the global pandemic and the changing workplace affect our community, families, employment and businesses.

“As Perth’s northern growth and innovation hub, with capabilities in education, health, cyber, tourism, AI, robotics and digital, the post-pandemic world presents major opportunities for Joondalup.”

Those interested in attending can register online via Ticketbooth by Friday 27 May.

For more information, contact the City’s Economic Development team on 9400 4564 or email

Business Forums

The first Business Forum for 2022 will be held on Thursday 2 June at Joondalup Resort and will see Premier Hon. Mark McGowan MLA provide a keynote speech about the importance of economic diversification in Western Australia.

Tickets for this event are on sale now through Ticketbooth.

The City’s Business Forums are held twice a year to provide connections and support for local businesses to assist them to grow and develop within the City of Joondalup.

Past Business Forums

Date Theme Keynote Speaker
22 July 2021 Future Proofing Joondalup Gihan Perera
7 May 2021 Shaping the Future Economy Bernard Salt AM
5 November 2020 Growing the Visitor Economy Hon. Paul Papalia CSC MLA
25 June 2020 Emerge Stronger Joondalup’s Economic Recovery Mark Wallace
12 March 2020 Growing Business Through Innovation Hon. Karen Andrews MP
27 June 2019 Sharing Our Prosperity Premier Hon. Mark McGowan MLA
21 March 2019 Small Business Support: Start I Grow I Prosper David Eaton

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