The Peel Development Commission, in partnership with the Invest and Trade WA team from the State Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, was delighted to welcome four of the state’s trade commissioners to the region on Friday. The visit was an opportunity for the Commissioners to learn about trade and investment opportunities in the region, as well as plans for the region’s future growth.

Western Australia’s Trade Commissioners play a critical role in advancing international opportunities for Australians. This was a chance for the Peel Development Commission (PDC) to brief the Commissioners and Invest and Trade WA on the development priorities for the region and to show off some of Peel’s unique capabilities, create some new connections to overseas business networks, create awareness and attract investment into the region.

The Commissioners were able to learn more about the region from PDC Board Members while viewing our fantastic waterways with Mandurah Cruises. They then took in a progress tour of the Peel Business Park, and a visit to Fruitico’s Riverdale Farm painting the vision for Peel as a progressive, prosperous and dynamic region with a culture of care and framing presentations on future and current regional plans and projects.

These projects and enterprises illustrate the region’s advantage with existing and emerging export and tourism opportunities, and in becoming a regional hub for innovation in food and agriculture.

Transform Peel, the 35-year visionary project to create new industries, more jobs and improved food security, of which the Peel Business Park is a strategic element, demonstrates the innovation and collaboration the region is becoming known for.

Paddi Creevey, Chair, Peel Development Commission, said the visit enabled many solid connections with plenty of follow-up potential. These relationships and opportunities, the collaboration between government, industry, and the community, are a key component of the Peel Development Commission’s vision for diversifying our regional economy and creating a bright future for the Peel.

“Our role in connecting communities, industry and government helps to make our region prosper and our regional economy stronger. A strong economy and regional prosperity requires collaborative relationships between industry, government and communities. The Trade Commissioners’ visit was a fantastic opportunity to link into relationships with some of our closest international economic partners and achieve advocacy for the investment opportunities our region offers.”

The Trade Commissioners participating in the tour included Peter Baldwin, Commissioner, India, Stuart Crockett, Commissioner China, David McCulloch, Acting Commissioner Japan, Jennifer Mathews, Commissioner Indonesia and Rebecca Ball, Executive Director, Invest and Trade WA.