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e-Newsletter January 2014

30 years of regional development 

30 years

We are excited to announce that 2014 marks 30 years of us helping to make the region an even better place to live, work and invest.

Enacted as the South West Development Authority in 1984, we later became known as the South West Development Commission.

And while our name may have changed over the years, our mission has remained the same - and that is to plan, coordinate and support the economic and social development of the region.

We are proud of our work in shaping our great region over the years, including our role in the spectacular transformation of the Marlston Waterfront in Bunbury (pictured).

■  Did you know?
The Commission once owned the old grey silos which were demolished and the white silos which have been developed into apartments.

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Boat harbour takes shape 

They say a fresh set of eyes can bring about a new perspective.

And that's exactly what this aerial photo, offering a bird's eye view of the Augusta boat harbour, does.

The recently-released picture shows just how far the Royalties for Regions-funded project has come.

Now in its final phase of construction, following the awarding of key contracts last month, the harbour is scheduled to be completed later this year.

As well as improving safety for commercial and recreational boat users, the harbour is expected to grow tourism and commercial development in the region.

For more information on the project visit: .

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How's this for a jam session 

The Emergence Creative Festival is described as a conference with a difference.

So it's fitting that its pop-up recording studio will follow suit and break from the norm.

On February 19, musicians will have the chance to record on the deck of a Margaret River cave.

Suspended over the collapsed cavern of Lake Cave and surrounded by towering karri trees, the deck will provide a unique venue for jammin' and mixing with like-minded creatives.

The session is being made possible by the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association and SAE Institute Australia.

If you're interested in taking part, email For more about Emergence or to purchase a ticket, visit .

Pictured: Emergence Creative Festival chairman Mat Lewis talking to sculptor Alan Meyburgh and Christian Bishop from the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association.

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Emergence Creative Festival chairman Mat Lewis talking to sculptor Alan Meyburgh and Christian Bishop from the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association.

Festival milestone 

What do Archie Roach (pictured), Bill Chambers and Nick Saxon have in common?

They are all artists who will all be performing at the 25th Nannup Music Festival!

To be held from February 28 to March 3, this year's milestone event will entertain with an exciting line-up of musicians.

To see the full list of artists scheduled to play at this SWDC-sponsored event, visit .

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Ready, set, swim! 

We're proud to be supporting the 2014 SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim in what will be the event's biggest ever year.

On Sunday February 9, a record 1750 people will pull on their goggles and make their way around the iconic pier.

And with so many people set to be in the water, we are pleased funding we have provided will enable a helicopter patrol to take place.

For more information about this SWDC-sponsored event, including the line-up of entertainment planned for the weekend, go to .

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Tell us what you think 

Your opinion matters to us. Which is why we want to know what you think about the vision for the region we have outlined in the South West Regional Blueprint.

Developed in conjunction with Regional Development Australia - South West, the document provides an overview of the current status of the South West and identifies what is required to move the region forward.

It highlights what is already good about the region and pinpoints where the gaps and opportunities are.

Download the blueprint and tell us what you think about it.

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New face 

We are pleased to introduce you to the newest member of our team - Ashley Clements.

Ashley has recently taken on the strategic infrastructure manager role at the Commission, but he is no stranger to our organisation.

He was previously the infrastructure and technology officer at the Commission before most recently enjoying a stint working for the Federal Government at AusIndustry.

Ashley looks forward to playing a part in ensuring the region's infrastructure needs are met.

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Ashley Clements

Have your say 

As part of the Bunbury Marine Facilities Steering Committee, we are giving people the opportunity to have their say about ideas to improve Bunbury's marine facilities.

Until February 7, people can comment on the concept plan that was outlined at a public information session on January 16.

The proposal includes the creation of a marina of up to 250 pens, as well as a marine hub including commercial and public facilities at Casuarina Harbour.

Download a copy of the marine facilities concept plan and have your say.

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Win for Walpole 

Making our communities even more appealing places to live is part of what we do.

So we are pleased that a new skate park that received Royalties for Regions funding from SWDC and the State Government has been officially opened in Walpole.

The Shire of Manjimup organised a day of demos, competitions and fun on Saturday January 25 to launch the new community facility, which was opened by the Hon Terry Redman and shire president Wade De Campo.

Right is a picture taken during the opening.

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Events celebration 

We know events don't just happen. That in actual fact, a lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes - often by volunteers - to make festivals, concerts and exhibitions a reality.

So with this in mind, we teamed up with South West MLC Colin Holt to hold an afternoon tea to wish the recipients of our South West Events Program funding all the best for their upcoming events.

Grants given out through the program are designed to support community events which benefit the economy, promote tourism and enrich the communities they are held in.

A total of 37 events will this year share in $100,000 through the program. View our gallery of photos from the afternoon tea.

Pictured: Bill Castleden and Jillian Taylor from Margaret River Regions Open Studios with South West MLC Colin Holt.

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