Board Meeting – Karratha – August 2021

CTF's Board and Exec team recently held the August board meeting in Karratha. This gave the board an opportunity to connect with local business, and find out more about the developments and projects happening in the Pilbara.

The Board learned from industry stakeholders the breadth of development being experienced in Karratha including housing, renewables, commercial and resources construction.

CTF Board and Executive team arrive in Karratha

Day One

The group commenced the two-day visit by meeting with local builders on site, to understand the issues and opportunities specific to the region and the positive pipeline of work they are now seeing.

They also discussed challenges they are facing such as acquiring access to and sustaining the hire of apprentices in the region, as well as questions regarding access to CTF funds

The visit to builders was very well received and it was decided to follow up with visits from CTF’s Industry Training Advisors.

That night the Board hosted a sundowner at the City of Karratha's Red Earth Arts Precinct. Stakeholders were welcomed to country by Patrick Churnside from Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation.

It was a successful evening networking with representatives from the resources sector, local government, local building companies, along with contractors and engineers.

Day Two

The following day the Board met where Chief Executive Officer of the City of Karratha, Chris Adams shared with the Board the current economic growth being experienced in Karratha and the pressures this is creating in skills shortages, and housing, and how these challenges are promoting more local trades in Karratha.

The Board then discussed how the CTF could assist in the disaster recovery from events that occurred earlier in the year as they head towards the rebuild phase.  They also discussed opportunities to support mentoring programs across the State to better support apprentices on their training journey.

Following the board meeting the team were privileged to experience a tour of the Ngajarli National Park rock art. They were joined by tour guides from the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation who shared their stories and knowledge of the rock art and plants from the area.

The tour wrapped up with with a tour of Woodside Energy's Pluto operations where the Board also heard from Woodside on the importance of a skilled construction workforce to facilitate their plans for expansion in the Burrup Peninsula.

A productive trip overall and the Board looks forward to many more in the future.

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