The South West Development Commission today hosted the augural meeting of the South West Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Hub (SW AMTECH) Industry Leaders’ Group.
The group will provide strategic advice and direction on the implementation of a feasibility study into the viability of an advanced manufacturing hub proposed for Bunbury Geographe.
The SWDC-led study will be undertaken over about 12 months, as part of efforts to unlock future economic development and job opportunities.
In September, the State Government announced it was backing the potential of the South West’s advanced manufacturing industry, allocating $485,000 towards the study.
Since the funding was announced, SWDC has formed an internal project management office, founded an industry leaders’ group, and undertaken research and analysis.
Advertising for the consultancy firm that will deliver the study is underway, with the contract anticipated to be awarded by March 2021.
SWDC chief executive officer Mellisa Teede said the industry leaders’ group is expected to be a driving force in the implementation of the study.
“This initiative represents an excellent opportunity for local industry and the community to work with the State Government for the good of the future of our region,” Ms Teede said.
“What we are doing is planning now, to create the jobs of tomorrow.
“We want to foster new opportunities for industry to create long-term economic growth and new jobs including apprenticeships.
“And one way we are doing this is by looking at ways to drive local capability and competitiveness through our advanced manufacturing industry, which has room to grow.”