Since securing a commitment for funding at the last State election, Creative Albany has been busy talking to government about innovation in the Regions as the WA government formulates it’s policy and funding priorities. Watch Local member Peter Watson and Minister MacTiernan talk about the DIGS Hub here:
We were invited to attend a round table discussion with the Premier in August as one of only 2 regionally based creatives, In October we met with Peter Watson MLA and Minister MacTiernan to confirm the commitment of $340,000 for our DIGS hub proposal, and in November we were invited to attend the Regional Innovation Summit in Bunbury.
The Summit provided valuable opportunities to meet other creative groups from all over the State - and hear from national experts about trends in innovation, successful models and upcoming opportunities. The summit was hosted by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development who presented a strategy for supporting innovation and entrepreneurs in WA. This includes 4 pillars to help build innovation ‘ecologies’;
PILLAR 1: Talent, Skills and Entrepreneurs – How do we build and maintain a strong pipeline of talent with a relevant mix of STEM and entrepreneurial skills to commercialise ideas globally?
PILLAR 2: Investment and Infrastructure – How do we ensure an accessible network of transport, telecommunications and capital to facilitate the movement of people, information and goods?
PILLAR 3: Culture and Collaboration – How do we increase connectivity between regions and stakeholders to better support entrepreneurs and innovators for success?
PILLAR 4: Marketing and Promotion – How do we celebrate our successes and develop a consistent, globally recognised brand that attracts investment and talent to our regions?
Creative Albany was able to send Sally to Bunbury with the assistance of Country Arts WA and we gratefully acknowledge their support:
We are now working to secure the release of the DIGS funding based on the guidelines presented at the Summit, and are building partnerships with other organisations so as to ensure we have a strong and sustainable base to work from.
If you would like to know more about DIGS or attend our DIGS networking events, please contact us.