1304.5 - Stats Talk WA, Dec 2009  
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Client Liaison
Summary of Events

The Brew
As a result of ABS involvement in the All-of-Government Bizlinks initiative, Bodi Ledwij from the Client Services Branch was invited to be a guest speaker at Challenge Stadium for The Brew – Small Business Expo.

The Brew is all about bringing businesses together to access information and inspiration; to share and develop opportunities; to market and promote the business-to-business products and services that are available locally.

Bodi’s role was to promote the use of statistics as a way of making informed business decisions and to highlight some of the useful ways to locate target markets using freely available Census data off the ABS website.

For more info about The Brew, please visit their website at <www.thebrew.com.au/>.

The Brew Small Business Expo Online Onhold Staff

Pilbara Spotlight
On 23 September 2009, the WA office of the ABS launched one of its most successful collaborative pieces of work to date, The Spotlight on the Pilbara.

Supported by the Minister for Regional Development, Brendon Grylls, the regional spotlight initiative presents a series of community indicator frameworks developed in partnership between the ABS, the nine WA Regional Development Commissions, and the WA Department of Regional Development and Lands.

The Spotlight Project brings together selected statistical information about each region from a wide variety of sources to provide a practical framework for use in regional strategic management and policy development.

For more information, visit <www.regionalspotlights.com.au/>.

Brendon Grylls inteviewed at the launch “Spotlight on the Pilbara Website” launch

WALIS Forum
The WA Land Information System International Forum is one of the premier Geographic Information System conferences in Australia, attracting over 800 delegates from a diverse range of professions. Held every 18 months, the Forum provides an opportunity to address issues related to all aspects of location-based information.

The theme of this year was “Business Intelligence, Business Solutions & Education” and the WA office of the ABS demonstrated some of the useful mapping tools freely available off the ABS website. This was to assist people with using location-based information and to demonstrate the collaboration and sharing of geographic information across different sectors.

The next WALIS Forum in 2011 will be held in conjunction with the International Society for Digital Earth Symposium (ISDE 7).

WALIS International Forum Bodi Ledwij giving an ABS website demonstration