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e-Newsletter February 2016

Providing comfort in tough times 

relief trailers

We live in a wonderful part of the world. But like other areas around the globe, our region is vulnerable to natural disaster.

While we can't predict the future, it is important the South West is as prepared as possible for any challenges that might come its way. With this in mind, we have made community emergency response trailers available at strategic locations around the South West.

Stocked with basic overnight supplies such as sleeping bags, air mattresses and pillows, the trailers can be deployed anywhere across the region in the unfortunate event they are needed by people having to use temporary accommodation.

This is an important project aimed at providing comfort to residents forced to leave their homes and stay at emergency shelters and the people who work so hard on the front lines to keep our communities safe.

Pictured: Ellen Miles and Matthew Birch from Collie SES with one of the new community emergency response trailers

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Funding available 

If you've been intending to apply to us for Royalties for Regions funding for your community project or service but haven't yet done so, don't worry - there is still time.

You have until 4pm on Thursday March 10 to submit your application for a grant through the Community Chest Fund.

And if it's the Regional Grants Scheme that best suits your purposes, you have until 4pm on Thursday March 17 to send in your completed application form.

Pictured: SWDC grants coordinator Amanda Gregory, one of the staff members we have on hand to answer queries about applying for funding.

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Planning for prosperity 

What do we need to consider when planning for lasting prosperity in Greater Bunbury?

Come along to this Thursday's Futures Forum, hear what thought-leaders have to say, and then share your ideas for creating a strong future with us.

The free event has been organised by the Greater Bunbury: Partnerships in Prosperity for WA's Second City committee which is working to create a strategy to drive long-term prosperity.

Pictured: SWDC chief executive officer Don Punch, who is hoping to see you at the forum. Register today by clicking here.

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Flying into the future 

Having built the case for the development of the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport, we are pleased to continue supporting the project.

In December, the City of Busselton endorsed the concept and staging plan, an integral part of the updated Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport Master Plan.

The noise management plan is being updated and is available for public review and comment at the official airport website.

Construction is expected to commence late this year.

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On the horizon 

As more people call the region home, meeting the housing demands of the South West is expected to become of increasing importance.

In order for the South West to be a great place for everyone to live, innovative thinking is required to deliver diverse and affordable housing options for people at all stages of life.

Join us on Friday April 1 as we examine the challenges and opportunities of "Housing the South West in the 21st Century" at our latest Critical Horizons conference. Book your ticket, today.

Pictured: Home building success story Dale Alcock will be providing an industry outlook at the conference

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Event about to emerge 

No matter what you do for a job, everyone can benefit from tapping into their creativity and applying it to their work.

Attend this year's Emergence Creative Festival in Margaret River and you're bound to broaden your thinking and go home wanting to create something great.

Speakers include world-renowned photographer Russell James (pictured).  The conference runs between March 16 and 19, and there are a number of ticket options available.

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Walpole initiative tees off 

It's always terrific seeing the positive impact Royalties for Regions funding is making in our communities.

In Walpole, for example, members of the country club are now playing golf on synthetic grass greens.

Installation of the 18 synthetic greens was recently completed, and the new playing surfaces will be put to the test at the club's Pioneer Cup over March 18, 19 and 20.

We are delighted to assist the club with making its synthetic greens project a reality.

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Starlit cinema 

Creating vibrant communities that people want to be part of is one of our aims.

So it's with this in mind that we are once again supporting the City of Bunbury's Love Where You Live outdoor cinema series which brings people together and community spaces to life.

The first screening on Valentine's Day attracted a crowd of more than 250 people to Council Gardens to watch Romeo + Juliet.

Don't miss out on catching Guardians of the Galaxy at Queens Gardens this Friday March 4. Then, on Friday March 18, be at Maiden's Park to watch Paper Planes.

Pictured: Paper Planes. Image courtesy of Arenamedia and Jane Bennett.

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Indigenous tourism focus 

We're pleased to support a national conference taking place in the South West this March.

Between March 9 and 11, Bunbury will host the Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference.

As well as giving attendees a chance to hear from industry experts, it will also serve to showcase local talent and product.

For more information or to register, visit the official website for the event.

Pictured: Event guest speakers Mark Olive and Josh Whiteland.

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Flavours of Harvey 

You may be aware that we sponsor a long-list of events in the region.

One of the events we are supporting this year is the Harvey Harvest Festival.

Be at Harvey's Snell Park on Sunday March 20 to enjoy a feast for the senses with arts, culture, food, wine and markets all taking centre stage.

With a variety of activities on offer including cooking demonstrations, a grape stomp and street theatre, there will be something to interest all ages.

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Connecting agribusiness with opportunities 

We'll be teaming up with the City of Busselton to host an InvestWest Agribusiness Alliance meeting in Bunbury and Busselton on Friday March 18.

Attendees will be briefed on the region, and have the chance to find out about possible future opportunities including those linked to the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport.

It's all part of our efforts to support and grow business in the region.

To register your interest in attending, click here.

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