With Graeme Baesjou
South West Development Commission acting chief executive
If you are holding a community event next year, I encourage you to apply for funding through the Commission's South West Events Program.
Grants of up to $4,000 are available for event expenses, with grants of up to $2000 available for event management coordination.
Applications for funding through this funding scheme close 4pm, Thursday September 29 2011.
Securing a sustainable supply of water for industries in the Collie and Kemerton areas has been a focus of the Commission in recent times.
Two Collie-Kemerton industry group workshops have been convened to examine options to reduce salinity in the Wellington Dam and frame an integrated water management strategy that will provide a higher degree of certainty for water users in the future. Input from industry representatives has been extremely valuable in this process.
Our collective efforts are sharply focused on developing a workable water management plan for Collie and Kemerton in the face of increasing demand and decreasing supply.
By now you have probably heard of SuperTowns, and no doubt you are wondering what this means for the South West region.
With Collie, Manjimup and Margaret River all given SuperTown status, you can expect to see planning being undertaken to make these towns even more attractive places to live in the future.
The aim of SuperTowns is to offer more choices for people wanting to live in regional areas and provide an attractive alternative to living in the metropolitan area.
Through Royalties for Regions, a share in $80million is available to the nine SuperTowns for transformational projects, with $5.5million also available to assist with strategic planning in these communities.