1304.5 - Stats Talk WA, Sep 2009  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/09/2009   
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Summary of Events

National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week is an important time for Australians to recognise and acknowledge the rich history and contributions Indigenous people have given the wider community.

This year, as part of our celebrations, the WA Office was honoured by a traditional ‘Welcome to Country’ by Mr Kim Collard. In addition to this traditional ceremonial dances were performed by the Moorditj Dance Troupe who were accompanied by Associate Professor Richard Walley who played the didgeridoo.

The ceremony culminated in the presentation of artwork by local Noongar spiritual artist, Mr Rod Garlett to the WA Office.

Mr Kim Collard ABS staff at the NAIDOC ceremony

Regional Spotlight
The ABS recently met with the Mid West Regional Council, the Mid West Development Commission and City of Geraldton-Greenough to progress the Regional Spotlight project on the Mid West.

A joint initiative between the ABS, the Regional Development Commissions and Department of Regional Development and Lands, the project aims to develop community indicator frameworks that will inform strategic planning and policy development across regional WA.

The first Spotlight on the Pilbara is to be launched this month, and work has commenced for both the Peel and Mid West regions. The Mid West visit provided an ideal opportunity to initiate the community consultation process and seek input into the selection of statistical indicators for the region.

HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton Batavia Coast Marina, Geraldton

State of the State
Established in 1993, the Government Entities Marketing Association (GEMA) is designed to provide support to government entities by assisting them to explore innovative techniques relating to sales and marketing at seminars held throughout the year.

The breakfast seminars are held at the Parmelia Hilton in Perth and encourage participants to work together to improve skills and service delivery in government and to network to develop new business relations and opportunities.

The ABS has been invited to present at the upcoming seminar in November, where Phil Smythe will deliver the ‘State of the State’, a statistical talk about how WA is currently tracking.

If you are interested in attending this event, contact Bodi Ledwij on 9360 5125.