Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Geraldton Greenough - Issue No.: 524 Issue Date: 20 May, 2019

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Dr David Honey MLA

Economic Development: A Vison for the Future

David Honey is the MLA for Cottesloe, the Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition and the Shadow Minister for Water. He was raised on a farm in Cranbrook, is married with 6 children. Prior to politics he had extensive leadership roles with Alcoa. He has a Doctorate in Chemistry from U.W.A and is extremely concerned of the future for our children and grandchildren.

W.A has thrived on our economic development, particularly mining, over the last 50 years but resources are diminishing rapidly. What is going to happen in the next 50 years ?

Economic development relies on water, affordable energy and infrastructure. W.A pours millions of litres of wastewater into the ocean which could be recycled and yet spend huge amounts on desalination plants to supplement our supplies. We have 2% of the worlds natural gas reserves which are getting more costly to harness and will be depleted in approx. 50 years, and yet export 20% of this resource. The cost of gas in Australia is $6/gigajoule. Compare this with Saudi Arabia who do not export any of their natural gas and the cost is $1/gigajoule. Who is smarter ?

Tuning in Tony?

Douglas offers thanks for the presentation, as only he can do!

On a recent study tour to Israel (Pop 8 million) with limited natural resources, the government has specialised in fostering human capital. Israel is the third largest economy attracting venture capital for entrepreneurs and start ups. 86% of their water is recycled into agriculture. The huge horticultural company Netafim is based in Israel.

When are governments going to change their thinking?

What does the future look like for our children/grandchildren in 50 years?

( I hope I have captured the thrust of Dr. Honey’s talk. It covered many ideas. GW)

Questions from Doc: Perthcentric policies; Viki: Air travel to the North from Gero.

 

Douglas, after his thought for the day, offered a vote of thanks and the End Polio certificates.

Author: Geoff Wood

Published: 5 May, 2019

 


Meeting Rosters
Date
Setup & Door
Setup & Door
Guest Speaker Host
Invocation & Toast
Raffle & Rotary Cor
Guest Speaker Thanks
Fines Master
Student
22 May, 19
Raj Mavath
Tom Maina
Kevin Watson
Kim Stokes
Clark Scarff
Ray Haynes
Hugh Lavery
Jim Dillon
29 May, 19
Michelle Mitchell
Kevin Watson
Lew Hills
Douglas Bruce
Kim Stokes
Paul Pirrottina
Laurie Dines
Phil Martin
05 Jun, 19
Peter Sukiennik
Kerryn Horo
Bruce Ralph
John Gooch
Geoff Wood
Geoff Watson
Phil Martin
Kim Stokes
12 Jun, 19
Ian Taylor
Steve Muir
Raj Mavath
Viki Fennell
Hugh Lavery
Robert Houwen
Jim Dillon
Geoff Watson
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Our Club
Batavia Hall, Geraldton Grammar School
Wed, 22 May, 19
9:00am
22 May, 19
Our Club
Batavia Hall, Geraldton Grammar School
Thu, 23 May, 19
9:00am
22 May, 19
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