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Goldfields-Esperance: a filming destination

Photographers Jayde Guest and Ian Brodie.
The GEDC has celebrated the release of two guides to filming in the diverse region of Goldfields-Esperance: Imagine That and On Location.

Produced in partnership with Screenwest earlier this year, the Film Friendly documents provide the perfect starting point for productions considering the region for their next film or screen production.

Imagine That is a location guide highlighting the versatility of places and venues on offer in Goldfields-Esperance, to showcase regional Australian locales or simulate an array of international film landscapes ranging from English forests and Caribbean beaches to the salt lakes of Utah and small-town America.

On Location details the rich catalogue of film projects undertaken in the region, which has hosted productions as varied as Nickel Queen, WA’s first feature film; a film adaptation of Tim Winton’s acclaimed novel Dirt Music; and local stories like the ongoing Aussie Gold Hunters series.

The guides were brought together by renowned film photographer, Ian Brodie, and local photography attachment, Jayde Guest, pictured.

Mystery Road: Origin filming begins

Mystery Road: Origin.
Filming commenced last week for the third series of the acclaimed drama TV series Mystery Road: Origin in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. This production, which showcases the Goldfields-Esperance region, is supported by the State Government’s $16 million Western Australian Screen Fund.

As part of our Film Friendly initiatives, the GEDC has been working with Bunya Productions to create employment opportunities, training and mentoring for local people and businesses, as well as assisting the producers with location scouting across the Goldfields.

Tourism and Innovation key focus for Regional Visit

GEDC and DJTSI staff during the recent visit.
In early October, the GEDC hosted representatives from the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, including Director-General, Rebecca Brown and the CEO of Tourism WA on a visit to the region.

Several stakeholder forums were held including a tourism session and an innovation and start-ups forum in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, in addition to meetings with a variety of businesses and industry representatives.

There were many great outcomes from the visit, highlighting local initiatives increasing visitation and tourism products, sharing concepts to foster regional innovation hubs, and exploring partnership opportunities in emerging sectors like automation technologies.

The GEDC is hosting an ‘Innovation Unconference’ as part of the SEGRA conference event in November. If you’re interested in being part of this participant-led innovation session, email

 WA Industry Link Forum

Deputy Premier Roger Cook, centre, meeting with GEDC, KBCCI, DPIRD, DJTSI and local MPs.
The GEDC welcomed a visit from Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade; Science, Roger Cook MLA, to Kalgoorlie on 6 October to open and attend the WA Industry Link Forum with local business and government agencies.

The forum featured presentations from State Government agencies including the Departments of Finance, Training and Workforce Development and Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. Agencies provided information on future State Government procurement opportunities in the region.

For more information on future works and projects in the region, visit the G.E Business Register and Pipeline of Works websites.

Dundas Mining Activity, Business Information Session

GEDC’s Rex Drabik, Pantoro Operations Manager Scott Huffadine, Local Content Adviser Peter Rampellini, Karora Resources Group Manager Christian Ridley, Manager METS WA Export Hub Michael Beaton & IGO’s Contract and Procurement Lead Robert Rickie.
The GEDC and the Shire of Dundas hosted a Dundas Mining Business Information Session in Norseman on 13 October featuring speakers from Karora Resources, Pantoro Limited, IGO and METS WA Export Hub.

More than 100 people attended the session to hear an overview of current resource projects in Dundas and the potential procurement opportunities for local businesses.

METS WA Export Hub also provided an overview of the services they provide to SME, mining, and mining services companies.

The forum, which included an opportunity to network over lunch, was well received by mining companies and local businesses alike.

The GEDC is co-hosting a similar forum with the Fitzgerald Business Network in Hopetoun in November and is anticipating similar forums in Coolgardie and the Northern Goldfields in early 2022.

Weaving wonders with REDs

Tjanpi Desert Weavers with their art.
Tjanpi Desert Weavers has been supporting Aboriginal fibre artists in the Ngaanyatjarra lands since 1995. They enable over 400 women to earn an independent income and remain in community and on Country.

A recent RED grant has helped expand operations with two new satellite offices to increase artwork production, skills development, sales, and support economic outcomes for Ngaanyatjarra women.

The Round 4 RED grant applications for Goldfields-Esperance organisations close at 5pm today (Thursday 21 October).

We encourage applicants to review and submit their application on SmartyGrants well before the closure time, as late or incomplete applications are not accepted.

Local Content

New Chinese Decrees for Imported Food

New requirements from China require all overseas manufacturers of imported food to be registered with the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC). The requirements capture a broad range of food products, including low risk foods. Market access advices notices have been distributed by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment regarding the new requirements, which take effect from 1 January 2022. DAWE is hosting a webinar on the new requirements this Friday, 22 October 2021 at 10:00am AWST. Industry and businesses affected by the new requirements are encouraged to attend.

Regional Covid-19 Vaccinators sought

The WA Country Health Service (WACHS) is seeking applications from people who live in country WA and are looking for an opportunity to work in the vaccination rollout. Under the direction of a registered health professional, the COVID vaccinator can administer COVID-19 vaccines in accordance with WA Health COVID-19 Vaccination Program Standard Operating Procedures and legislative requirements. Applications open until 30 April 2022.

Ngaanyatjarra Lands Renewable Energy Project – Expressions of Interest

Horizon Power invites suitably qualified suppliers to respond to the Ngaanyatjarra Lands Renewable Energy Project Expression Of Interest (EOI). The scope of works includes the addition of solar Photovoltaic (PV) + Battery Energy Storage Solutions (BESS) facilities to complement the existing diesel generation assets. Horizon Power encourages local, regional, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registered suppliers to respond. Submissions close 28 October 2021.
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Events, Workshops & Training

ECCI Recognition Awards & Celebration Evening

The ECCI is collecting nominations for the 2021 Business Recognition Awards under the following categories: Apprenticeship and Traineeship Award, Rising Star Award, Innovation and Excellence Award, and Customer Excellence Award. Nominations close 22 October 2021.

Award recipients will be announced at the ECCI 2021 Celebrations Evening, which aims to celebrate the past year’s achievements in the business community. The event is being held on 30 October 2021 at the Esperance Bay Turf Club, registrations are essential. This event is sponsored by the GEDC.

Free Tour Guide Workshop – Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Brought to you by Our Gems WA, Tourism Council WA is hosting a tour guide workshop on 26 October 2021 to assist with developing locally led tours. The workshop will cover tour logistics, delivering a quality narrative, risk management, duty of care and more. Registration is essential as places are limited.

Human Resources Workshop in Ravensthorpe

The Small Business Development Commission is running a workshop on human resources and recruitment, designed for newly started and established businesses. The workshop is being held on 26 October in Ravensthorpe. Registrations essential.
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Funding Opportunities

New ‘Harvest Force’ initiative to support a local grain harvest workforce

The State Government has joined with Grain Growers Ltd and Agribusiness Australia to launch the Harvest Force to help mobilise a local agricultural workforce. The Regional Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme provides eligible applicants access to $40 per day for a maximum of 12 weeks' accommodation, and up to $500 for travel.

Aurizon Community Giving Fund

The Aurizon Community Giving Fund provides cash grants for charitable initiatives and projects aimed to improve the health and wellbeing, community safety, environment and education in local communities in which Aurizon operates and its employees reside. Applications close 22 October 2021.

Cashless Debit Card Support Services

Not-for-profit organisations that are directly involved in supporting Cashless Debit Card participants in Cashless Debit Card locations are eligible to apply for the Strong and Resilient Communities Activity funding. Applications close 25 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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