Jill Williams, East Kimberley Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Our guest speaker this week was EKCCI President, Jill Williams, who provided an update to those present on three of the Chamber's current focus areas. She outlined their main priorities which are Communications, Regional Branding, and Street present children.
The Federal Communications review team came to town. Wasn't well advertised and subsequently was not well attended. The Shire & Chamber were there, however. The consultation was held at KGT where they face quite significant challenges around maintaining an adequate mobile signal. This reinforced the messages that the Shire and Chamber wanted to convey to Wendy Duncan and her team. The Chamber will be submitting a formal submission to the review consequently, they're urging all members to complete the survey they will be sending out shortly so that they can adequately compile a representation of the community concerns over communications challenges in Kununurra.
Level of crime in town
Street present children have been causing a lot of concern for the community and the Chamber has developed a project which focuses on changing from rewarding negative behaviours to focussing on creating positive interactions between children & business owners and rewarding good behaviour. The first month has seen incidents reduce and the 80 children registered will (mostly) be receiving tickets to the Show. Those who have offended and been caught, will not receive the tickets. Jill has also been working with two historical offenders and has worked with KGT to engage them both in traineeships.
So what's the next step? The kids have identified that they would like Maccas and a trip to Katherine Hot Springs. Horizon Power has helped with funding the next month's rewards, and the Chamber will be reinforcing the need to think of a monthly deal and work towards encouraging other stakeholders and the business community to work with WAPOL on this project. The Chamber has also written to the Federal Minister for Human Services (The Hon Michael Keenan MP) and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs (The Hon Nigel Scullion) AND Premier McGown asking for a roundtable on the issue. The challenges, as identified by the Chamber are issues such as siloisim from service providers, rather than working together: the focus is the need to change this mindset to provide a cohesive service model with wraparound services for the child & families.
We can't promote something that's not adequately branded. The EKCCI generated a small profit from last year's Kimberley Economic Forum, these funds are being invested in this project and have been used by Ord Co to start working on developing something to brand the region. They are hoping to work with the Agricultural sector to adequately brand our region across the economic drivers in our region.
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