Statement, Karratha, Roebourne, NYFL Trust
October 1, 2014
I addressed the Karratha business community at a breakfast hosted by the new
City of Karratha. These Pilbara folks certainly understand the need for a
long-term view in their planning. They are visionary. The Shire of Roebourne
has experience strong growth and exceeded the minimum population of 20,000 to
transition to city status. Now it seeks to raise its profile and attract more
private investment, leading to jobs and diverse opportunities for its
residents. Congratulations to the mayor of the new city of Karratha, Councillor
Peter Long, and Chief Executive Officer Chris Adams.
drive north, and I was in the town of Roebourne to meet with the Ngarluma
Yindjibarndi FoundationCEO, Evan Maloney. The NYFL trust, as it is called, was
established in 2000 and is developing business activities that provide revenue
streams over and above the initial funding from the north-west shelf partners.
This Indigenous foundation has more than 2,000 members engaged in training,
apprenticeships, employment and managerial roles. Primarily, NYFL
commercialised enterprises include the general store, tyre store, housing and
construction, nursery and a cafe. NYFL has recently opened stage 1 of its new
development, which is the amphitheatre which will provide for commercial uses
such as conferences and events. It has been a challenge for the people of
Roebourne to access economic opportunities and build skills. However, NYFL has
guided a partnership approach with companies such as ESS, Bright and NRW. It is
a success story in the Pilbara.
The SPEAKER: In accordance with standing order 43, the
time for members' statements has concluded.