Western Australian Governor Kim Beazley has sought out Edith Cowan University academics to share their expertise and help shape WA moving forward.
ECU School of Business and Law’s Associate Professor Flavio Macau and Professor Kerry Brown visited Government House to offer their insights into WA’s supply chains, which have faced unprecedented challenges due to COVID, floods, and the war in Ukraine.
Other topics included additive manufacturing, the AdBlue crisis and the 'gap' in fertilizer production in 2023/24, while an overreliance on overseas supplies for products such as petrol and chemicals was identified as an area of concern.
“Kerry and I mentioned that more information about inventory levels and international benchmarks are needed, along with a strategic approach to what should be made in Australia,” Professor Macau said.
“There is a shift from ’just-in-time’ to ‘just-in-case’, along with a 'China plus one' global supply strategy. Also, lowering warehousing and transportation costs to boost supply chain resilience must be further discussed by industry, government, and academics.”
The visit came after Professor Macau’s attendance at the Governor’s Strategic Foresight Dialogue event in February.
“Kerry and I are looking forward to engaging in these dialogues again,” Professor Macau said.
The wide-ranging discussion offers an insightful snapshot of Professor Shirley’s theatre career, his passion for teaching, his ambitions and plans for WAAPA and what moving into the city as part of ECU’s City Campus will mean for the world-class Academy.
“The city campus is going to really project WAAPA into an international space,” he told Governor Beazley.
“It gives us the opportunity in a state-of-the-art facility to explore the potential for training in the future – and not just explore it, but to begin to set industry agendas.”