Future of the Kimberley

Future of the Kimberley

May 29
Join CEDA in Western Australia's iconic Kimberley region for an in-depth discussion on how the vast number of opportunities present in this region can be optimised.


Jeff Gooding, Chief Executive Officer, Kimberley Development Commission
George Bauk, Managing Director, Northern Minerals
Andrew Smith, Country Chair, Shell Australia
Eric Streitberg, Executive Chairman, Buru Energy

Event overview

The Kimberley region has one of the strongest and most diverse industrial sectors in Western Australia, with oil and gas, mining, agriculture and tourism all contributing strongly to the local economy. With the region being located so closely to South East Asia, there is an enormous opportunity for the Kimberley to feed the burgeoning demand for energy, resources, high quality food and safe holiday destinations being driven by China and Indonesia’s growing middle class.

At this event, CEDA’s expert speakers will seek to address the following questions:

  • How can the Kimberley capitalise on these opportunities?
  • What impact will market instability, high costs, environmental concerns and skilled labour shortages have on major projects in the region?
  • With half the Kimberley’s population being Indigenous, what strategies are being implemented to improve Aboriginal outcomes?
  • Where is additional investment in services and infrastructure required?

Read the event summary: Future of the Kimberley

Session themes and speakers

Meet the keynote speakers

Hon. Mia Davies MLA
Minister for Water; Forestry

Ian Harper
Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

Hon. Terry Redman MLA
WA Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting for State Development; Leader of the WA National Party

Brad Stelfox
Adjunct Professor, International Institute of Agri-Food Security, Curtin University, Adjunct Professor, Department of Biological Science, University of Alberta, Canada

Meet the speakers

Jeff Gooding
Chief Executive Officer, Kimberley Development Commission

George Bauk
Managing Director, Northern Minerals

Andrew Smith
Country Chair, Shell Australia

Eric Streitberg
Executive Chairman, Buru Energy

Russell Barnett
Partner, Australian Venture Consultants; Consultant, Broome Future Limited

Alan Duncan
Director, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre

Nick Belyea
Chief Executive Officer, Broome International Airport

Frank Tudor
Managing Director, Horizon Power

Kevin Shellack
Chief Executive Officer, Kimberley Port Authority

Wayne Bergmann
Chief Executive Officer, KRED Enterprises

Kirsty Forshaw
Cattlemen's Association, Kimberley

Ian Gay
Chairman, Australia's North West Tourism

Tony Lee
General Manager - Community Programs, Nyamba Buru Yawuru

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