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e-Newsletter Mar/Apr 2017

See where Jasper Jones was made 

Jasper Jones

If you've seen the Jasper Jones movie, you are probably wondering where in the world you can find Corrigan, the town where the coming-of-age mystery drama plays out.

While you won't find the fictional town on any map, you can visit where the award-winning novel was magically brought to life for the big screen: Pemberton.

To help fans locate some of the buildings that appear in the film, we have worked with stakeholders to produce a free handy guide to filming locations.

We encourage you to download the Walk in the footsteps of Jasper Jones guide or pick up a copy from the Pemberton Visitor Centre.

The guide, as well as our funding towards the making of the movie, forms part of our efforts to boost local industries including the tourism and creative sectors.

Meanwhile, keep reading to find out where you can watch Jasper Jones on the big screen.

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Construction takes off  

Around the South West, work is under way on large-scale projects that are expected to transform the region by stimulating new opportunities for locals.

Among these transformational initiatives is the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport development.

This $69.7 million project will facilitate interstate flights to destinations in the eastern states of Australia, and international passenger and freight opportunities to South East Asia and China.

It is expected that the project will be complete and flights to Melbourne and Sydney available late in 2018.

Pictured: Ashley Clements from SWDC and Naomi Searle from the City of Busselton.

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Redevelopment under way  

It's an exciting time for Bunbury. After months of planning, people are now seeing the Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront initiative making the leap from paper to reality.

Forward works for the Dolphin Discovery Centre redevelopment are under way, with Perkins Builders delivering this initial stage of the project.

The tourist attraction will remain open throughout its redevelopment, with the entire project expected to be complete before the end of 2018.

Meanwhile, work on revitalising Koombana Bay foreshore is expected to begin in the near future and be complete by the end of the year.

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Creating stronger regional centres  

We welcome the release of the Bunbury Geographe Growth Plan, which highlights opportunities to bring long-term prosperity to the region.

The strategy pinpoints 19 priority initiatives - including the Bunbury Port upgrade and Myalup-Wellington Water for Food project - that are expected to stimulate jobs, boost the economy and increase population.

It is complemented by a new Bunbury Geographe brand which positions the area as "Western Australia's Lifestyle Region: Where Everything Connects."

Though made possible by the Regional Centres Development Plan and facilitated by the Commission, the document and brand is the result of government, industry and community coming together to ensure a bright future.

Pictured: South West Development Commission acting chief executive officer Anna Oades.

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Helping young people reach their potential  

Do you know an outstanding young athlete in the region who has the potential to represent their sport at the highest levels?

Someone like surfing talent Mia McCarthy (pictured), who has been part of the South West Academy of Sport's Individual Athlete Support Program?

If so, why not let them and their family know that there is currently an opportunity to secure a highly sought after position in this free junior athlete development program.

Download an application pack.

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Promotion on the menu  

Part of what we do involves raising awareness of the region's qualities in the hope it translates to positive outcomes for locals.

With this in mind, we're crossing our fingers that more Margaret River wine finds a spot on shelves in the United States and Canada after a recent visit by a group from North America.

While in the region, the delegates were able to meet local producers and participate in a number of activities including a trade tasting event at Caves House.

The visit to the region came after SWDC, the Margaret River Wine Association and Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association formed a collaboration in order to put Margaret River wine on the itinerary of the Wine Australia-hosted tour.

Our efforts to facilitate export opportunities continue with a busy couple of months ahead as we support a number of visiting delegations and overseas trade missions. India, China and Singapore are just some of the markets that will be targeted.

Pictured: SWDC's Simon Taylor with some of the North American delegates.

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Centre of creativity 

The Margaret River region's world-class waves are a centre of attention this week as top surfers take to the water for the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

Also placing the spotlight on Margaret River is the Emergence Creative Festival, which is highlighting the region as a creative hub with enviable lifestyle opportunities.

Since Wednesday, people have been benefiting from attending the festival for presentations by experts, as well as workshops, showcases of work and quirkier events such as the Amaze'n Drone Race.

If you haven't yet managed to get along to a festival event, there's still time. Tomorrow, Saturday April 1, will see the premiere of the Australian Drone Film Festival take place.

We're proud to be part of the festival and hope attendees come away feeling informed, inspired and ready to create something great - no matter the industry they work in.

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Create change  

Do you want to use social entrepreneurship to make positive change?

Come along to the upcoming Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Business Forum in Bunbury on Tuesday April 4 and learn from international experts.

Albert Teo, the founder of Borneo Eco Tours and Sukau Rainforest Lodge, will be one of two guest speakers.
Teo works to develop social entrepreneurship through his community/environment foundation, BEST Society.

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Looking for opportunities?  

One area of focus for us is supporting business and industry as part of our efforts to grow the South West's economy, thereby making the region an even better place to live, work and invest.

As such, we are pleased to help get the word out about a briefing the Department of Defence will be holding in Bunbury about opportunities associated with the Future Frigate and Offshore Patrol Vessel Programs.

The session will take place at Chamber House on Wednesday April 12. You can register here.

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See it on the big screen  

If you haven't yet made it to a cinema to watch Jasper Jones, don't worry - you haven't missed out on seeing Pemberton make its debut on the big screen.

You'll be able to watch the movie in Margaret River this Saturday April 1 when the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival screens the motion picture as a pre-festival event. Author and screenwriter Craig Silvey (pictured) will be in attendance to answer your questions.

There will also be the opportunity to view Jasper Jones in the "Corrigan Town Hall" when themed, old-style movie nights are held there during the Unearthed Pemberton festival over April 21 and 22.

We are proud to support both festivals through our South West Events Program.

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