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e-Newsletter Nov/Dec 2016

Have your say about Collie’s economic future  


As the coal mining centre of Western Australia, Collie has helped to power our state for decades. Now, it's time to give back.

A draft report that highlights opportunities for diversifying the local economy has been released.

And just as we asked for your input in the creation of a strategy for economic growth, we'd like your help again.

This time, we want to know what you think about what's proposed.

Opportunities identified for producing new jobs and attracting fresh investment range from developing alternative uses for coal and establishing a desalination plant to the creation of nature-based and adventure sports hubs.

Let's work together to shape a sustainable and resilient future for Collie and the region.

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Events funding bonanza  

Here at SWDC, we love events. And not just because they're fun to attend.

Events help to create vibrancy in communities, attract people to the places they are held in, lift the profile of the region and contribute to the local economy.

Which is why we're thrilled to announce funding through our South West Events Program for not one, not two, but a whopping 50 events taking place in the region next year.

In total, $147,500 will be shared among grant recipients in 2017.

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Smiling all year ‘round  

From sunsets to people making the most of warm summer days, there's plenty to feel joyous about when it comes to the South West.

And now a new calendar is showcasing what it is about the region that makes locals and visitors smile.

Released in time for the new year, the This South West Life wall calendar features the stunning winning entries from our recent photography competition.

Order your free copy, here.

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Anna at the helm  

With the search for a permanent chief executive officer ongoing, the Commission - and region - will continue to benefit from the leadership of Anna Oades.

After six months in the acting position, it has been confirmed that Anna will keep the CEO's seat warm into the new year.

Anna has wide-ranging experience in the WA public sector in diverse areas such as regional development and funding, social policy and research and social planning.

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Pemberton in the picture  

Can't wait to see Jasper Jones in cinemas from March 2? We know the feeling.

It's been a while since we've seen the South West on the big screen and we're itching to see the region up in lights again.

Which is why we're providing a link to the Pemberton-filmed and SWDC-supported movie's recently-released trailer for you here.

You can also make sure you're among the first to see the film by booking tickets to its Sydney premiere.

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Promoting local businesses  

If you are looking for a unique gift for your loved ones this Christmas, try visiting .

The website was developed by the South West Women's Health and Information Centre to provide a portal to businesses run by local women who sell handmade products.

We are pleased to have provided a Royalties for Regions grant towards an initiative that supports South West businesses and encourages people to shop locally.

Pictured: Marina Schilling of Handmade and Marina, a cottage craft business which sells a range of handmade products including olive oil soaps, skincare products, pure beeswax candles, and special silks. Marina sources most of the raw materials for her products from the South West.

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New bridge design 

Along with the redeveloped Dolphin Discovery Centre, the new Koombana Bay pedestrian bridge is set to help create a stunning entry into Bunbury.

As you can see from the photo above, the new bridge has been shaped to evoke the image of a ship's hull, paying tribute to nearby shipwrecks.

It will also light up at night, creating an attractive and safe pathway for locals and visitors to use as they travel between the city and waterfront.

It's all part of the Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront project, the first two stages of which have been funded through the Royalties for Regions Growing Our South initiative.

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Cultural centre funding 

We are pleased to report that the transformation of the Margaret River Cultural Centre into a modern hub for entertainment, arts and regional tourism is a step closer.

Earlier this month, Regional Development Minister Terry Redman announced $3.05million in Royalties for Regions funding towards the revitalisation project.

Once complete, the centre will have the capacity to hold conferences, performances, exhibitions and events which will attract people into town.

This is expected to have flow-on effects to local businesses, helping to strengthen and diversify the region's economy.

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The ingredients for a strong community  

There's something about food that brings people together. For a meal, a chat, and a laugh…

The Nannup Community Kitchen has doing just that almost every Tuesday for the past three years by providing low-cost meals for locals.

Now the kitchen is even better equipped for using the power of food to create an inclusive community. And it's all thanks to a renovation made possible by a Royalties for Regions grant allocated by us at SWDC.

Pictured: Regional Development Minister Terry Redman with Nannup Community Kitchen volunteer and project leader Maggie Longmore at the official opening of the new kitchen.

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Boost for Brunswick  

Community resource centres are important hubs for regional towns, providing a range of services and offering space for local groups.

For these reasons we are delighted to have been able to deliver a Royalties for Regions grant to enable Brunswick Junction Community Resource Centre to carry out much-needed upgrades.

Pictured: Brunswick Junction Community Resource Centre librarian Nancy Seaman showcases the new kitchen.

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Community effort  

Well done to everyone behind the Smiths Beach Surf Life Saving Club's new building.

Now the 300-strong club has a purpose-built facility for training and storing equipment.

We are proud to have supported this project through the provision of a Royalties for Regions grant which allowed the purchase of a transportable off-grid solar power system.

Pictured: Club president Matt Jones in front of the new club building.

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Building a stronger tourism future  

We'd like to congratulate the chief executive officers of the local governments in the Bunbury-Wellington-Boyup Brook region for coming together to grow tourism.

Here at SWDC, we truly believe we're stronger when we work together. So, it has been great to see organisations teaming up in support of the Bunbury Wellington and Boyup Brook Regional Tourism Development Strategy.

A memorandum of understanding was signed at the City of Bunbury on December 12.

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Cruising into the new year  

The countdown is on to the first cruise ship of the season sailing into Bunbury, with preparations under way to ensure passengers receive a warm welcome to the city.

The SWDC-coordinated Cruise Bunbury committee is working to ensure that when the Astor drops anchor at the port on January 12 and February 17, the scene is set for a memorable visit.

Passengers will disembark the cruise ship as a band plays live music and then walk through a marquee where volunteers will provide information about local attractions and businesses.

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Family-friendly communities  

It's always great to see projects we've put Royalties for Regions funding towards taking shape.

For example, we recently visited the FROGS Early Learning Centre in Nannup.

The centre now has a new sandpit, mud kitchen and herb garden - helping to make Nannup even more appealing for families.

Pictured: Renae Denness from FROGS, with Regional Development Minister Terry Redman and SWDC's Billy Wellstead.

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Discover the spirit of Anzac  

We are helping to spread the word about an exhibition that will be in the South West next month.

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience will be at the Eaton Recreation Centre from January 11 to 16.

The travelling exhibition tells the story of Australia's involvement in the First World War.

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Supporting talented locals  

As supporters of the South West Academy of Sport, we'd like to congratulate the winners of this year's SWAS awards.

It's fantastic to see so many people in our region achieving great things on and off the sporting field.

Pictured: SWAS Sports Star of the Year and canoe slalom champion Billie Knell celebrating her win with former Australian sprint kayaker and Olympian Jesse Phillips.

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Funding boost for festival  

We are supporting 50 community events to take place in the region in 2017 through our South West Events Program.

Among the events receiving grants is Western Australia's biggest regional literature event - the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, which will take place in June.

Pictured: Tanya Perdue from the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival and South West Development Commission chairman Stuart Hicks.

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