The Pilbara is currently enjoying heightened activity and growth while the rest of the world is struggling through the global financial crisis, Pilbara Development Commission chairman Tim Shanahan told MINING DAILY.
Shanahan said the Pilbara was inundated with opportunities and as such is still grappling with the issues of growth and infrastructure.
“Land availability and affordable housing is one of the biggest issues facing the Pilbara. If there was more housing available, the region would grow as more people would move to the Pilbara to live and provide services,” he said.
Shanahan was recently appointed as the new chair of the Pilbara Development Commission which co-ordinates with the State and Federal Governments on achieving the region’s top priorities.
“There is a range of funding opportunities for the Pilbara that are coming from the Royalties for Region program and the Government’s economic stimulus package,” Shanahan said.
“It is important that the Pilbara puts their best foot forward in order to secure support for their activities. Just this week the State Government announced a $300million funding package for the Pilbara through its Royalties for Region program.
The Pilbara Development Commission makes up one of the State’s nine Development Commissions.