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e-Newsletter January 2016

Planning for prosperity 

growth plan

Thanks to the State Government's Royalties for Regions-funded Regional Centres Development Plan, a strategy is being developed to guide long-term economic growth in Greater Bunbury.

The objective of the plan is to build on Greater Bunbury's competitive advantages to support sustained growth and prosperity, securing it as an engaged and vibrant 21st century city.

Fundamentally, it's about coming together to grow business, investment and jobs to ensure a bright future for Greater Bunbury and its region.

Because we want you involved, there will be chances for local people to be part of the planning process with the committee steering the growth plan set to hold a futures forum.

We encourage you to keep March 3 and 4 free so that you can attend this important event.

Pictured: David Kerr, Katie Jabs, Don Punch and Jordan Gianfrancesco talking about planning for Bunbury's long-term prosperity.

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Standing together as a region 

At the beginning of this newsletter, we would like to acknowledge the devastating impact bushfire has had on one of the towns in our region.

At the South West Development Commission, we care for every town and city in the region, and are heartbroken at the loss experienced by residents of Yarloop and surrounding areas.

We send our best wishes to the people affected, and would like to extend our gratitude to the community, DFES and volunteer emergency response teams who came together to help out during one of the region's toughest periods.

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Get set for an eventful year 

We are delighted to announce that this year we are supporting a record 57 festivals, cultural celebrations and sporting contests through our South West Community Events Program.

Among the events we have allocated funding towards are two test hockey matches taking place in Bunbury next month between the Hockeyroos and Great Britain.

The showpiece matches in Bunbury will go a long way towards preparing both teams for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Hockey fans can purchase tickets to the matches being held at Bunbury Hockey Stadium on February 12 and 14, here.

Pictured: The Hockeyroos in action. Photo courtesy of Treeby Images.

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Pemberton gets its close up 

Here at the South West Development Commission, we're big fans of movies - and not just because we enjoy watching them.

Having films shot in the region boosts the economy, provides opportunities for locals and helps to promote the places they are filmed in.

For these reasons, we were delighted to support the recent filming of the movie adaptation of the novel Jasper Jones in Pemberton. We look forward to seeing it - and the South West - on the big screen.

Pictured: Vincent Sheehan, David Jowsey, Minister Terry Redman, Ian Booth, Craig Silvey and Mark Exeter in Pemberton.

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Apply now for Royalties for Regions funds  

As you might be aware, we are currently accepting applications for funding through two Royalties for Regions programs.

So if you have a community project that could do with a financial boost, now is the time to apply for a grant through either our Community Chest Fund or Regional Grants Scheme.

Both programs support initiatives that attract investment, increase job opportunities and improve quality of life in the South West.

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Shaping the future of Withers 

We've been working with the City of Bunbury to make the suburb of Withers an even better place to live and invest.

As part of our efforts, a draft local area plan has been developed for the purpose of guiding the future planning, development and servicing of the neighbourhood.

Documents are also available for viewing at the City of Bunbury administration building, South West Sports Centre and city libraries.

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Housing needs in spotlight 

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for our upcoming Critical Horizons conference.

Designed to provide a window into the potential future housing needs of the growing South West region, the event will be opened by Housing Minister Colin Holt (pictured).

Other guest speakers lined-up for the event include home building success story Dale Alcock and futurist Gihan Perera.

It will be held at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Friday April 1. We hope to see you there!

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Win for Margaret River 

We're pleased that all our hard work behind the scenes to secure funding for the second stage of the Margaret River Perimeter Road has paid off.

In December, the State Government announced a total of $58.26million would be drawn from the Royalties for Regions-funded Growing Our South initiative for the project.

Completion of the perimeter road is expected to get trucks off the main street and set the scene for improvements to the town centre.

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Need a creativity boost? 

Get set to be left "inspired, refreshed and ready to create something great" after attending this year's Emergence Creative Festival in Margaret River.

The annual event will give people the opportunity to hear from creative professionals at the top of their game while also attending workshops, concerts and exhibitions.

Guest speakers at the event taking place between March 16 and 19 include creativity and innovation expert Nicole Velik (pictured) of the Ideas Bodega.

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Family-friendly Collie 

Collie's appeal as a place for families to live continues to increase, thanks to the completion of SuperTowns-supported projects.

For example, construction has finished on the $2.2million Collie early education centre.

The centre will cater for children, from babies to pre-kindy.

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Get snapping for chance to win 

Would you like to see a photo you've taken featured in a calendar?

To be in the running to have your work appear in our 2017 This South West Life calendar, take a photo showcasing what it is about living, working and playing in the region that makes you smile.

Then make sure you enter it in our competition by Thursday June 30. Click here for more information or to enter.

Pictured: South West Development Commission chief executive officer Don Punch.

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Super park a hit 

Have you seen Collie's new Central Park?

From the looks of things, it's a hit with youngsters like Ava Barrett (pictured).

Located on Forrest Street in the town centre, the SuperTowns-supported park features an array of play equipment and incorporates a water playground.

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Take a look inside our world 

We're excited to let you know that we're now on Instagram!

Follow us at swdc_insider for a look at what we're up to. And don't forget, you can get regular updates through our Facebook page.

See you online!

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