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e-Newsletter November 2013

A super brand for a SuperTown  

southern forests

Like knowing where your food comes from? We sure do!

But it's not the only reason why we're excited about the new Genuinely Southern Forests logo, which identifies food that has been produced in the Manjimup, Pemberton, Northcliffe and Walpole areas.

The brand, which was launched by the Hon Terry Redman and developed by the Royalties for Regions-funded Southern Forests Food Council, is part of wider efforts to boost local job opportunities by growing the Southern Forests region's status as a major food bowl and culinary tourism destination.

The project has been made possible by the State Government's SuperTown's program, which aims to make selected towns even better places to live and work.

Pictured is Tony Fontanini of Fonty's Nut Farm in Manjimup.

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On the culinary trail 

Local producers had the opportunity to tempt some very influential taste buds this month when food and wine buyers from overseas toured the South West.

Between November 21 and 25, importers from China, Indonesia and Singapore travelled through the Geographe, Margaret River and Southern Forests areas in search of new products to add to their portfolios.

The visit was arranged as part of our continued efforts to facilitate export opportunities for local businesses and promote the region as a premium food and wine destination.

Pictured: visitor Hanzela Kusumamenggala, Edwin Zhuang from the Bunbury-Jiaxing Business Office and Jeff Dewar of Willow Bridge Estate.

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Visitor Hanzela Kusumamenggala, Edwin Zhuang from the Bunbury-Jiaxing Business Office and Jeff Dewar of Willow Bridge Estate.

Progress on harbour 

We are pleased to report that construction on the Royalties for Regions-funded Augusta boat harbour is about to enter a new phase.

A pile driving barge is expected to arrive on site prior to Christmas to progress work on the service wharf, boat pens, navigation aids and launching facility.

Once complete, the harbour will provide safer access to the ocean, as well as mooring for recreational and commercial boats. It is expected to provide a significant boost to the Augusta economy.

People are welcome to visit the site and view progress on the project, which now includes the completed breakwaters and the early formation of a drainage basin.

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Augusta boat harbour.

Developing Donnybrook and Balingup 

How many people will live in Donnybrook and Balingup in 25 years time?

And what housing, services and infrastructure will be needed to support this future population?

The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup is a step closer to having these questions answered now that it has appointed consultants to put together a Developing Donnybrook Strategy.

Once complete, it is expected the Shire will have a long-term vision that will guide the growth and development of Donnybrook and Balingup in the years ahead.

We are pleased to provide funding assistance to enable the creation of this strategy.

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Today’s young achievers, tomorrow’s future leaders 

At the South West Development Commission, we are big believers in investing in people.

And so it's with this in mind that we supported this year's South West Young Achievers Program.

Designed to help young people reach their potential as business and community leaders, the program gave participants the opportunity to learn a range of skills.

Pictured are Tom Wotherspoon and Cassi Garrett with this year's South West Young Achievers Program mentors, program coordinator Leanne Oshea and SWDC's Alan Cross.

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Tom Wotherspoon and Cassi Garrett with this year’s South West Young Achievers Program mentors, program coordinator Leanne Oshea and SWDC’s Alan Cross.

Spotlight on sports stars 

It's no secret that the South West is home to a large pool of sports stars.

After all, you only have to look in the back pages of a newspaper or watch the local television news to see familiar faces triumphing on the sports field.

But the depth of sporting talent in the region was especially evident at the South West Academy of Sport's recent annual awards night.

We were so proud to see a number of athletes, as well as coaches and support service providers, honoured at the event for their work and achievements on and off the field.

Pictured is this year's Community Achiever Award recipient Mitchell Lockhart with SWAS chairman Don Punch.

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This year’s Community Achiever Award recipient Mitchell Lockhart with SWAS chairman Don Punch.

New artwork to pay tribute to past 

Visitors to Harvey would be forgiven for passing over the drain on the way in to town and not giving the structure a second thought.

But the building of the Harvey Diversion drain in the Great Depression is a fascinating story involving some 2500 men, tent cities - and a lot of shovels.

And now an artwork is being created that will act as a lasting tribute to the workers who built the drain, which was designed to reduce the risk of flooding by diverting water from the Harvey River to the ocean.

We were recently lucky enough to be given a sneak peek of the new entrance statement art piece - and thought we'd share this photo with you.

Pictured are David Marshall from the Harvey Diversion Enhancement Project, artist Alex Mickle, Harvey Shire councillor Brian Hollands and SWDC's Marcus Turner.

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David Marshall from the Harvey Diversion Enhancement Project, artist Alex Mickle, Harvey Shire councillor Brian Hollands and SWDC’s Marcus Turner.

Introducing Simon 

We'd like to introduce you to our newest team member - Simon Taylor.

The former Geographe Bay Tourism Association boss has joined the South West Development Commission in the newly created role of industry and business development officer.

Simon will work with stakeholders to develop the region's agricultural sector, as well as local mining and minerals industries.

"The primary function of the role is to identify and encourage opportunities for investment in the South West, and support projects that promote and facilitate economic development in the region," he said.

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Simon Taylor.

New role for Patrick 

You might know Patrick Warrand as our strategic manager of infrastructure, but he's recently had the opportunity to transfer into an exciting, newly-created role.

He is now our strategic manager of industry and business services.

In this position, he will work to support the long-term sustainability of the South West's economy by encouraging new industry and more business into the region.

"This is a great opportunity to share some of my 30 years of experience in business with the key industries in the region in an effort to grow the economic base and develop more jobs," he said.

Patrick's major objective is to support employment and career growth in the region as our population grows.

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Patrick Warrand.

Time is ripe to celebrate 

You know it's almost Christmas when the red decorations come out - and we're not talking about baubles and tinsel.

We're talking about nature's own signal that December 25 is approaching - cherries.

The colourful fruit is now ripe and ready to be celebrated at this year's Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival.

The event, which will take place on Saturday December 14, is set to feature something to interest everyone.

Activities and entertainment will include a cherry pip spitting competition, cooking demonstrations and tastings, street theatre and a concert headlined by Tod Johnston of Peace Love and All That Stuff.

People will also have the chance to meet Rob Palmer from TV's Better Homes and Gardens.

For more information about this South West Development Commission-sponsored event, visit .

Pictured is Rose Moyle from the Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival.

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Guest speakers emerge for festival 

The first guest speakers for next year's Emergence Creative Festival have been announced - and it's fair to say we're excited by the top-notch line-up.

Communications expert Carolyn Miller (pictured) from ABC's Gruen Planet, Hollywood musical supervisor PJ Bloom and creative director Ben Akers from The Republic of Everyone are among those who will be headlining the event.

A conference with a difference, Emergence will be held from February 19 to 21 at five Margaret River locations and include workshops, screenings, live performances and even a surfing competition.

For more about this South West Development Commission-sponsored event, visit .

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Carolyn Miller.