Perth, the largest city in Australia, being the fourth most populated city in the big island, founded by Captain James Stirling in 1829, it is one the most famous city in Australia, it might be confused with the original Perth, located in Scotland it seems like a long way from the scottish domains, yet the Australia city took its own name after this city.
The name Perth derives from a Pictish word for wood or copse, the Picts were the first people on the Scottish lands, the language Pictish is dead already and there are not people left that might know it. The Australian city saw its name being born after the influence of soldier and politician, Sir George Murray, then Member of Parliament for Perthshire and Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. The city might not have a great start, its popularity only sprung after Australia’s involvement with World War II serving as a base for submarines.
As from 1870, Perth was still described like a quiet small town, “…a quiet little town of some 3000 inhabitants spread out in straggling allotments down to the water’s edge, intermingled with gardens and shrubberies and half rural in its aspect … The main streets are macadamised, but the outlying ones and most of the footpaths retain their native state from the loose sand — the all pervading element of Western Australia — productive of intense glare or much dust in the summer and dissolving into slush during the rainy season.”
This is specially interesting to point at since Perth its one of the largest isolated cities, Adelaide being the nearest city from Perth.
Many immigrated to Perth, people from all over the country saw an opportunity in this great land, especially those from Italy, Greece, Britain and Yugoslavia started a rapid growth in the population, its economy was growing ever since the war, people sought economic activity after several mining booms that led to a rapid growth on the classes living in the city and it even put the city on the map after that mining boom, several mining activities took place around the state.
Now the eyes of the oil and gas industry are set on this once called quiet little town, 5,000 people are expected to join on Perth land to take part in the much awaited 18th International Conference and Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas, or LNG 18, this is especially important for the city, since the LNG is the biggest event they have ever had after the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth in 2011, it was also the largest gas and oil conference ever hosted in WA.
“LNG 18 is expected to deliver $45 million in benefits to the State’s economy, It will be a significant boon to the hospitality and tourism industry with the number of hotel bookings equivalent to 2,300 nights at a value of about $6 million. The week of the conference will be an opportunity for Perth to shine in the international spotlight. “Conference delegates, of whom 68 per cent are from overseas, will attend a dinner function on April 14 overlooking the Swan River at Sir James Mitchell Park, and will dine on the best of Western Australian produce.” Premier and State Development Minister Colin Barnett said.
It is a key meeting for gas and oil entrepreneurs, they will have an a open and safe space made specifically for them so they can network, learn more about the business, new technologies and innovation, it is important for industry leaders to attend this prestigious event, so they can be updated about the industry and can achieve better understanding to the day-to-day innovations the industry brings.
“The size of this event has made it a significant logistical challenge, requiring the construction of temporary infrastructure at the PCEC site to accommodate the large number of delegates and exhibitors,” Mr Barnett said.
This event comes at a great time when the Gorgon project is solidified and the Wheatstone is starting to see daylight, Perth is growing into maturity in the oil and gas industry, it will soon become in one of the world’s leading jurisdiction for oil and gas, and it keeps growing since 2015 the production capacity was 20.6 million tonnes but this year, the WA’s LNG production doubled to 50 million tonnes, making WA one big contender