It is hard to believe we are at the end of September already – what a busy period it has been in the region with so many events and activities happening to assist with the recovery of our region post COVID. I hope you enjoy reading this newsletter and staying up-to-date with the latest projects, initiatives and events the Commission has been involved with across the region.

In early September I had the pleasure of attending the official opening of the Dwellingup Trails and Visitors Centre. What an absolutely outstanding facility this is for not only Dwellingup, but the whole Peel region. It really will help attract visitors and adventure enthusiasts from all over the state and Australia with its state-of-the-art design and facilities available. My congratulations to the Shire of Murray for delivering such a key piece of infrastructure for WA trail users. You can see the video of the opening here – https://www.facebook.com/watch/Dwellingup Trails

Dwellingup Trails & Visitor Centre opening
Regional Innovation Summit 2020
A key event I attended this month along with a range of stakeholders from all over the state was the State Regional Innovation Summit. Held in Geraldton and opened by our Minister for Regional Development, the Summit was looking at how regions can develop skills for the future, attract investment and develop regional innovation.

It was an excellent opportunity to learn, network and hear first-hand from a range of leaders and innovation champions pathways to support the growth of regional innovation ecosystems and how changing technology, market demands and shifting industries influence this. Our prosperity as a region and our regional competitiveness is going to depend on our ability to innovate now and into the future and this has enormous opportunities to create opportunities and jobs.



My community shout-out this month goes to the inspiring and wonderful Barbara Pickett who was recently named Female Elder of the Year at the NAIDOC Perth Awards.

I have known Barbara for many, many years through our association with the Koolbardies Talking group where she found the courage to tell her story and since then, she has used her story as part of her mission to educate today’s youth.

She is a truly selfless person who has such a deep knowledge of her community and culture. This accolade is so well deserved as it helps shine a light on her tireless community work in the Peel region and I congratulate her on this recognition.

Read more in the Mandurah Mail here – image courtesy of the Mandurah Mail.

Read more about the range of activities and initiatives the Commission has been involved with in our September e-news by clicking here.

Paddi Creevey OAM


Barbara Picket NAIDOC Award