How can we make the community even better? It's a question we ask ourselves everyday at the South West Development Commission as we go about the process of regional development.
At the moment the South West Development Commission is working on a number of projects that will benefit Bunbury and the region.
Something that I find particularly exciting is the Commission's efforts to see Bunbury become the State's second city. The South West is the regional economic powerhouse of Western Australia and Bunbury is a fantastic place to live, work and invest. It has a lot to offer - and we can only build on its potential.
One project that is strengthening the city's profile on an international scale is the Bunbury-Jiaxing Business Office, which provides a valuable link between the two sister cities. I am pleased to say the office is proving to be a good platform for economic activity, with trade and investment flowing in both directions.
Another Commission project is the provision of outdoor fitness equipment in South West shires to improve quality of life for residents. The City of Bunbury's was one of the first sets of equipment to be installed.
Something else that will help improve Bunbury is the Commission's efforts to transform it into a more pedestrian-friendly city. We are working with the City of Bunbury to enhance Bunbury's central business district for pedestrians.
This week we will be launching an Active Ageing Report that will help guide planning throughout the South West region. The findings in the report will show what can be done to assist people to age actively and be able to participate fully in the local community.
I would like to congratulate all recipients of the recent round of Royalties for Regions - South West Regional Grants Scheme, which is administered by the Commission. The funding will help a range of organisations, including Bunbury's Dolphin Discovery Centre, Bunbury Senior Citizens Centre and Bunbury Sea Rescue.
Many of these groups rely on volunteers and I would like to highlight the important work they do. Because of them, Bunbury is able to offer important services − and we are proud to support their efforts.
South West Development Commission CEO