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Western Power Load Forum

Renewables and access to energy key opportunities from the Eastern Goldfields Load Permission Scheme (ELPS).
Over sixty participants gathered for the Eastern Goldfields Load Permission Scheme (ELPS) information forum hosted by Western Power in Kalgoorlie last week.

The forum was held to discuss the development of the ELPS and how it works with industry to provide a managed interruptible supply.

The ELPS enabling infrastructure initiative was activated in June 2021.

Presentations were also given by industry users of the ELPS, including mining company Norton Goldfields, providing valuable insight into the practical applications, benefits, and challenges of the scheme.

Lynas Rare Earths Limited, which has secured access to the ELPS for its new rare earths processing facility in Kalgoorlie, shared information about the scheme at the forum.

Lynas announced a new agreement with Western Power to meet its peak maximum power demand of 12MW and average maximum demand of 8.7MW through the ELPS.

The ELPS enables more South West Interconnected System (SWIS) users based in the Eastern Goldfields region to replace non-renewable supply, such as diesel, with options that are greener and more cost-effective.

Regional Budget Breakfasts

Budget Breakfasts in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Esperance.
The GEDC, together with the Chambers of Commerce and Industry based in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Esperance, recently hosted two WA State Budget Breakfasts for 2021 in the region with around 100 people attending.

Minister Papalia and Minister Whitby presented a budget overview in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Esperance, respectively, answering questions on how the budget announcements affect the Goldfields-Esperance region.

To access regional budget fact sheets, visit Our State Budget and select from the Goldfields, Agricultural or the North West Central areas fact sheets that cover the Goldfields-Esperance region.

KBCCI 32nd Annual Business Awards a Success

GEDC Board member Shaneane Weldon, left, with Rowena Leslie and Katrina Stubbs from Kai Rho Contracting.
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s annual Business Awards are a premier event designed to recognise and celebrate the quality and diversity of the regional business and not-for profit community.

GEDC is a proud supporter of this event, participating as Business Awards category judges and sponsoring the Aboriginal Business of the Year category award.

GEDC Board member Shaneane Weldon presented the Aboriginal Business of the Year Award to Rowena Leslie and Katrina Stubbs of Kai Rho Contracting. 

The judges for this award were impressed with Kai Rho’s consistently high level of delivery within the mining services sector, and its passion for people through a growing, skilled Indigenous workforce.

More than 400 people attended the masquerade-themed event on Saturday, 11 September, with 42 businesses and 44 individuals nominated for awards.

Esperance Workforce Survey

The GEDC is assisting the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) to conduct a workforce needs survey of Esperance businesses and employers.

The survey asks employers about their current workforce needs and whether they are experiencing labour and training gaps in their respective sectors.

Employers from all local sectors are invited to participate in the online survey, which will be used to inform targeted workforce development responses for the Esperance region.

If you are an Esperance-based employer and interested in participating in the survey, please contact either the ECCI at or 9071 5142 or the GEDC at 9083 2206.

Regional Economic Development Grants – open now 

Round 4 RED Grants - open now.

SEGRA Conference in Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia Conference.

Local Content

DFES Plant & Equipment Hiring Services

Requirements for a panel arrangement for the provision of hiring services for the plant and equipment to support Department of Fire & Emergency Services in responding to disasters, searches, rescues and other support operations to the community of Western Australia. Applications close 23 September 2021. 

Cleaning Services at Bandy Creek Boat Harbour

This request is for the provision of a cleaning service at the Bandy Creek Boat Harbour premises in Esperance, including public amenities and the DoT office. Applications close 24 September 2021.

Commercial Solar PV and Batteries

Horizon Power invites tenderers to submit a response for the Provision of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Behind the Meter Batteries.  Submissions close 29 September 2021.
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Events, Workshops & Training

Future of Food Conference

The Future of Food conference exists to inspire and initiate change within the Australian agri-food sector: to recognise future-forward businesses, champion innovative and successful agri-food professionals in their food journey, and support the development of a progressive local food industry.  The conference is being held in Mandurah on 23-24 September 2021.

Norseman Timber Day

The Shire of Dundas, Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission and Forests Products Commission are hosting a Timber Industry Development Day in Norseman on Wednesday, 6 October 2021.  The day will include an overview of Forestry and, Great Western Woodlands, including timber history, resource availability and new industry ideas. A timber milling demonstration, bus tour and gold coin charity sausage sizzle lunch will also form part of the day’s activities.

Kalgoorlie Regional Communication Forum

The WA Industry Link Kalgoorlie Regional Communication Forum will provide small-to-medium sized businesses the opportunity to hear directly from State Government Agencies about local contract opportunities in the Goldfields-Esperance region.  The forum is being held on 6 October 2021.
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Funding Opportunities

Southern Rangelands Revitalisation Project

The State Government is seeking 25 pastoralists from the Goldfields, Mid West and Gascoyne regions to participate in this pilot project, that will focus on providing support to pastoralists to investigate and design long-term solutions for on-station improvements in rangeland condition and livestock profitability. The pilot will support this by funding participants to attend relevant training courses and providing access to professional expertise. Expressions of Interest to be part of the project close at 5pm on 29 October 2021.

WA Tourism & Travel Agent Support Fund 2021

The fund is open for businesses operating in accommodation, tourism attraction and experience, tour and transport (travel and transfer services), and travel agency that have been impacted by the lockdowns and border restrictions in place across Australia.  Applications close 30 September 2021.

2022 Science & Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry

The Australian Government annual grants program supports young Australians aged 18-35 by funding projects that will benefit Australia's primary industries. There are 12 industry categories available for application. Applications close 1 October 2021.
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The Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission Acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country across the regions in which we work, live and travel. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging; we also extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and celebrate theirs as being the oldest living continuous culture.
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