Events on show
At the South West Development Commission, we are big fans of events - and not just because they are fun.
Events put the region on the map, encourage tourism, boost our economy and bring social benefits to the communities they are held in.
There were a number of events happening in the South West over the weekend and I was pleased to attend the launch of the State's National Youth Week celebrations in Bunbury on Saturday.
It was a fantastic event with plenty to keep the young - and young at heart - entertained.
Fostering international partnerships
The South West Development Commission is continuing to increase the profile of the region on the world map.
In the coming weeks we will host delegations from China and Laos.
In addition, we have teamed up with TradeStart to hold a promotional event in Jakarta next week.
This event will showcase food and wine from the Margaret River region, with the aim of facilitating trade opportunities and promoting the South West as a tourist destination.
Seniors' housing project gets funding
The South West Development Commission has welcomed the recent announcement of funding for seniors' housing in Capel.
The project was among 14 across the State which were allocated a share in $24.6 million in Royalties for Regions money over four years through the Regional Development Council's Action Agenda Funding Round.
It is terrific that Access Housing Australia had been allocated $1.95million towards the construction of 17 new two-bedroom villas in Capel.
We have long been supporters of this project.
A time to reflect
It will be Anzac Day next Wednesday and I encourage everyone to take up the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by those serving our country.
April 25 has long been a day of national remembrance, with each anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli bringing with it an occasion to commemorate those who have served.
South West Development Commission CEO