Regional Development

Fourth OECD Meeting of Mining Regions and Cities



20-23 June 2023  Karratha, Western Australia












What's the issue?

World cosumption of raw materials is set to nearly double by 2060 - mining regions supply the raw materials for the future. There are unique opportunities here (investment and technological innovation, high wage jobs, participation in global value chains) - but also challenges (Dutch disease, vulnerability to external shocks, and environmental impacts). These impacts, are amplified at the regional and local scale where mining and extractive operations take place.

Successfully navigating these challenges requires the implementation of regional development policies. The OECD is implementing a project to develop recommendations for improving regional development outcomes for regions and cities specialised in mining and extractive industries. 

About the event

The meeting in Karratha will focus on sharing lessons and leading practices related to two main pillars:

I. Diversification and green value chains: The green transition can open up long-lasting business opportunities in mining regions.

  • Fostering entrepreneurial culture and creating opportunities outside mining
  • Upscaling local business to make the most of the green transition
  • Skills for the future: new jobs for the green and digital transition in mining
  • Partnering with Indigenous communities to unlock new business opportunities

II. Liveable and sustainable mining communities: Greater liveability needs to be aligned with sustainable use of resources.

  • Accelerating the environmental transition in mining regions
  • Collaboration with the private sector to improve environmental and social outcomes
  • Sustainable housing supply and infrastructure
  • Attracting and retaining women and youth

 Find out more about the OECD mining regions project...




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About the region


Karratha is the capital of the Pilbara Region in Australia’s north west. The region is well known for its Aboriginal history dating back 40,000 years and its spectacular scenery that is thought to be around 2.8 billion years old. The Pilbara supports 63,850 jobs and has an annual economic output of more than AUD 61 billion. 


Dampier Archipelago

Karratha hosts multi-national corporations and has a long history of exporting iron ore, liquefied natural gas, salt and ammonia products. While this activity is set to continue into the future, the region boasts numerous other comparative advantages that present opportunities for new industries and economic diversification.

Karratha is also known for its spectacular landscapes and recreational offerings, which include world-class camping, boating, fishing, four-wheel driving and unique eco-cultural experiences.

Rock Art located in the Murujuga National Park



Red Earth Arts Precinct
27 Welcome Road
Karratha WA 6714




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