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e-Newsletter September 2016

A region under transformation 


Across the South West, millions of dollars in game-changing projects with the power to create new opportunities for the region and its residents are planned or underway.

Through region-shaping projects like the revitalisation of the Bunbury waterfront, the revamp of the Busselton foreshore and the development of the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport, the South West is set to transform.

And when it does, we expect the local economy to be enhanced, new jobs to be created and better facilities to be available for community use.

Pictured clockwise from top: Artist's impressions showing how projects are expected to look once completed including the MGallery by Sofitel hotel proposed for the Busselton foreshore, the Margaret River main street makeover, the redeveloped Dolphin Discovery Centre and the planned revitalisation of Koombana Bay foreshore.

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Glimpse into the future 

The final designs for the redeveloped Dolphin Discovery Centre have been revealed - and we think they look pretty special.

The $12.3million upgrade and expansion of Bunbury's premier tourist attraction is expected to deliver a world-class experience for visitors.

Along with the Koombana Bay foreshore revitalisation, the project forms the first stage of the wider Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront initiative.

The first two stages of the Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront project are being made possible by Royalties for Regions Growing Our South funding from the State Government.

Pictured: City of Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan, DDC general manager David Kerr, Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, SWDC chairman Stuart Hicks and Bunbury MLA John Castrilli.

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A place to call home 

We are proud that with our help, the region's stock of affordable and appropriate housing for seniors is growing.

Most recently, four new units were opened at Crowea Village in Northcliffe.

The new additions bring the number of units at the village to nine, providing more options for locals to continue living in their communities as they become older.

Around the region, new housing opportunities for seniors are underway in Boyanup, Dardanup and Pemberton.

Pictured: Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, project manager Adam Roebuck, SWDC regional development coordinator Billy Wellstead and Crowea Village chair Julie Bettink in one of the new Northcliffe units.

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Apply now for funding for your 2017 event 

Here at the South West Development Commission, we help events that help the South West. The kind that boost local economies, attract visitors and make our communities such great places to be part of.

With this in mind, we are once again accepting applications for funding through our South West Events Program.

If you are holding a concert, festival or exhibition in the South West in 2017, we encourage you to put yourself in the running to receive a financial helping hand by applying. Applications close 4pm on Friday October 7.

Pictured: SWDC's Anna Oades, Mark Exeter and Patrick Warrand.

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South West calendar 

With the end of 2016 approaching, it's time to start planning for next year.

If you'd like to order a 2017 This South West Life calendar featuring the stunning winning entries from our photo competition, just let us know.

The calendars will be made available for free later this year to promote our wonderful region.

Pictured: Jodi Nield's beautiful photo of sheep grazing at a Boyup Brook winery.

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Local event awarded 

South West residents and food lovers from far and wide know what a great event the Margaret River Gourmet Escape is. Now everyone else does too.

The popular foodie festival took out one of Australia's top event accolades, Best Tourism Event, at the Australian Event Awards ceremony on the Gold Coast recently.

Finalists included the Byron Bay Bluesfest and the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival.

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All the fun of the festival 

The Livelighter Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival is on again on Saturday October 8 - and we're proud to be sponsoring it.

Be in town between 10am and 5pm for festival fun. Stay on to 9pm for evening entertainment and the lighting of the fire sculpture.

The theme for this year's event is "Fire your imagination" and will have a focus on the arts.

The festival is free entry.

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Search for top coach 

Do you know a local sports coach who deserves to be recognised for their achievements?

Someone like surf life saving coach Denise Duncan (pictured), the winner of last year's Wally Foreman Coaches Award.

If so, why not nominate them for this year's award? The South West Academy of Sport is accepting nominations up until Monday October 31.

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Greenbushes in spotlight 

We're always delighted when places in the region receive the recognition they deserve.

So we were thrilled when Greenbushes was chosen as the 2016 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities award winner.

It was selected for its efforts in environmental education and recognising its mining and timber milling heritage.

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Supporting science 

We are proud to support the South West Science Council and its latest event.

At the Sanctuary Golf Resort in Bunbury over October 20 and 21, the group will hold a conference titled "Ocean, waterways and landscapes: STEM in action".

There will be a focus on the region's environment and biodiversity.

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