Draft Economic Development Plan Discussion Paper (Closed)

In 2018 the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley engaged a Senior Economic Development Officer (SEDO) to coordinate and facilitate economic development activities in our Shire. One of the tasks of the SEDO is to prepare an Economic Development Plan (the Plan). After consultations with the business community, a Discussion Paper has been prepared for wider community input to further inform the preparation of the Plan.


The Discussion Paper outlines our strategy to coordinate and facilitate projects and stimulate economic activity. However, the Shire alone can’t achieve all outcomes. We need to have commitment and buy-in from the business sector, industry peak bodies and community organisations. 

We are a remote shire with a small population base – hence a small rates base. This gives us little scope to independently self-fund infrastructure and other projects. We are therefore reliant on State and Federal government funding.

We have many potential projects in the pipeline in the region, including Project Sea Dragon, Airport Runway Extension project, Kununurra Heavy Vehicle By-pass Road project, KAI’s cotton gin project, sealing of Moonamang Road project, airport precinct development, Wyndham Port Precinct development, golf course development, Kununurra Leisure and Aquatic Centre Redevelopment, etc. However, due to our inability to self-fund projects, our role is one of a strong advocator. We have ramped up this role and have been talking to senior Federal and State politicians. We believe we are making some headway.

Normally an economic development plan would contain targets for things such as employment outcomes. However, due to our financial position, we believe there is no point setting targets that we may not be able to meet. Hence, the Discussion Paper outlines how we intend to utilise our strategic levers to achieve results including existing and new business development which can create jobs. These are outlined in detail in the Discussion Paper.  The Discussion Paper also outlines impediments to growth and some solutions. You may have other suggestions and solutions that you might wish to share with us.



We would be pleased to hear your views. Your input will assist in the finalisation of our Plan. If you have any comments or suggestions, please send them to email: Alfred.nagaiya@swek.wa.gov.au. If you wish to discuss any aspect of the Discussion Paper, you could also call Alfred on mobile 0401 710 383.

Please note submissions close at 4.30pm on Friday, 8 March 2019.