Great Southern investment opportunities in focus

Investment information and networking opportunities continue to be promoted by the GSDC to maintain and build the region’s profile among potential investors.

Jonathon Bilton and Ambassador Mark Sawers at Albany's commercial shellfish hatchery

Jonathon Bilton and Ambassador Mark Sawers at Albany’s commercial shellfish hatchery.

Recently, the Commission hosted Mark Sawers, Australia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, the Central African Republic, Djibouti and South Sudan.  Ambassador Sawers is particularly interested in developing trade and industry investment links between Ethiopia and regional Western Australia. Ethiopia has a population of 100 million and has the fastest growing economy in Africa.

As part of the visit, GSDC and the City of Albany hosted a reception for the Ambassador and Australia's Consul in Çanakkale, Turkey, Dylan Walsh­­.

Other delegations hosted recently by the GSDC came from China and Japan, including a group accompanying the Governor of Hyogo Prefecture in Japan.

The eight-member Japanese delegation visited Albany in April, focusing closely on investment opportunities in tourism and aquaculture.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan traveled from Perth to join GSDC Chair Ross Thornton and the Japanese visitors for a tour taking in aquaculture facilities and some tourism highlights.

The group visited Emu Point where Great Southern Shellfish director Robert Michael highlighted the potential of the aquaculture industry in Albany’s protected waters.

The tour also included the shellfish hatchery at Frenchman Bay and the recently upgraded viewing platform at The Gap.

After a luncheon featuring Great Southern produce, the delegation inspected the Albany Entertainment Centre and viewed a presentation by the GSDC, showcasing the region as an investment and tourism destination.

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