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e-Newsletter March 2016

Share your ideas for strengthening Collie's economic future 

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As the centre for power generation in Western Australia for more than 100 years, Collie has contributed much to WA's prosperity. Now it's time to give back to the community that has powered our state for so long.

In the face of the worldwide decline of the coal industry, your ideas are needed for how we can future-proof Collie by building on the town's many strengths to stimulate fresh investment and generate new job opportunities. Even if you don't live or work in Collie, you are encouraged to have a say by completing a survey.

Feedback received through the questionnaire as well as local workshops will be considered in the development of an action plan for growing and diversifying Collie's economic base. It's about working together to create a bright future.

Pictured: Shire president Wayne Sanford and workshop facilitator Rhys Williams at a recent Reimagining Collie community workshop.

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Planning for transformation 

The waters of Casuarina Boat Harbour in Bunbury took on a slightly red hue earlier this month as part of planning for future development.

The change in water colour came about when the Department of Transport released a safe, non-toxic, non-staining dye to aid in tracking water movement for research purposes.

Data collected will be used to assist with planning for the Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront project.

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Housing in the spotlight  

With the South West growing, it is important to act now to meet the region's future housing needs.

As a result, this week's Critical Horizons think tank conference will take a close look at the challenges and opportunities the region might face in regards to accommodation provision.

The Housing the South West in the 21st Century event will take place tomorrow at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.

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

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Forum focuses on future 

A desire to create a vibrant and engaged city was felt at the Greater Bunbury Futures Forum held earlier this month.

More than 240 people attended the special event in Bunbury for the chance to be part of the process of creating lasting prosperity for Greater Bunbury.

People interested in contributing ideas and attending future events to grow Greater Bunbury's potential can follow the official Facebook page.

Pictured: SWDC chairman Stuart Hicks and guest speaker Gus Balbontin at the forum.

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For everyone to enjoy 

The Donnybrook Amphitheatre and the park it is located in are terrific community assets.

So we are pleased that a Royalties for Regions grant we allocated to the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup has resulted in increased accessibility to the area.

Now it's easier for more people to enjoy the amphitheatre and park, thanks to new additions such as handrails along steps and a newly-constructed pathway.

Pictured: Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup president Angelo Logiudice with SWDC's Julie Wade and the Shire's Johny Bignell, Makenzie Pelusey and Russell Jones

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Investing in tomorrow’s leaders 

Our communities need good leadership now and in the future.

With this in mind, we have once again made an investment in tomorrow's potential leaders by supporting this year's Rotary SW Young Achievers Program.

The residential program was held earlier this month with the aim of helping South West residents aged 18 to 25 years reach their potential.

Pictured: Program participants Renee Scott and Cody Knott with Tom Scott and Leanne Oshea.

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Trade and promotion on menu 

We're hoping a recent visit to the South West by a group of wine trade, education and media representatives from Asia results in wins for local businesses and the region in general.

Earlier this month, Wine Australia, the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association and SWDC showcased to the 22 visitors what the region has to offer.

The delegates - from Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and China - spent three days exploring wineries in the Margaret River region.

And a major trade sampling session at Willy Bay Resort saw the group have the opportunity to taste products from Margaret River and the wider South West region.

Pictured: China-based Wine Australia representative Willa Yang, with Simon Taylor, Edwin Zhuang and Mat Lewis at the trade sampling event.

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Agribusiness in spotlight 

We were fortunate to get a group of agribusiness representatives to visit the South West earlier this month after inviting InvestWest Agribusiness Alliance to hold a networking event in the region.

In Bunbury and Busselton, attendees were briefed on a raft of exciting opportunities across the South West.

They also had the chance to find out about possible future supply chain opportunities including those linked to the development of the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport.

The Alliance is a non-profit network which aims to attract investment in the state's food production sector.

The event was hosted by us with support from the City of Busselton and sponsorship by Regional Development Australia - South West.

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