The strategy, Newman Futures, focuses on building a diverse and sustainable local economy equipped to harness innovation and emerging technologies.
Supported by BHP and the Shire of East Pilbara, the Newman Futures strategy was developed through a co-design with members of the Newman community, including more than 300 face–to-face meetings.
BHP General Manager Newman Operations Marie Bourgoin said the Newman Futures strategy builds on the town’s strong foundation to create a vision of what the future of work, training and life will look like in town.
“Technology is playing a big part in how we live and work, and we want to make sure we bring the community along this exciting journey with us to shape Newman’s economic and social future together,” Marie said.
“We are already seeing some impactful changes in town, with lots of conversations about being future ready and training and education sessions underway.
“In the last couple of weeks, Newman has hosted Indigenous Digital Excellence and Firetech, two digital education companies who ran science, technology, engineering and maths workshops and classes for thousands of local and indigenous students.”
Shire of East Pilbara president Lynne Craigie said Newman Futures was all about securing the long-term outlook for the community – to enable people to continue to call Newman home for as long as they want to.
“As a Shire, we believe Newman is ideally placed to become a true central service hub for the East Pilbara and mining equipment technology and services,” she said.
“We want to expand its role as a base for the mine workforce but this will not happen without determination on our part and a focus on where we want to be years from now.
“Newman Futures aims to address the barriers to achieving our town’s potential – be it a lack of suitable housing, inadequate health services, gaps in our cultural understanding or failures to give our future workers the skills they need to engage fully in the workforce.”
For more information or a copy of the strategy, please visit www.newmanfutures.com.au.
The Newman Futures strategy was launched at a breakfast function on Friday November 22 2019.