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e-Newsletter September 2015

Unveiling a vision for transforming Bunbury’s waterfront 


We're excited that a landmark vision for transforming Bunbury's waterfront will be unveiled tomorrow, giving people a glimpse of what the city could look like in the future.

Members of the public are invited to attend a public information session to learn how the Outer Harbour, Casuarina Boat Harbour and Koombana Bay may be developed in the years ahead.

Be at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre at 6pm tomorrow to be among the first to see what's proposed and learn how you can have your say.

If you can't make it to the briefing, don't worry - information about the vision will be available on our website, along with a survey that will enable you to provide feedback.

Your feedback is important because it will be considered in creating the final vision for the area.

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Events funding available  

If you have a festival, concert or exhibition taking place in the South West next year, we invite you to apply to us for a financial helping hand.

We are accepting applications for funding through our South West Community Events Program up until 4pm next Tuesday October 6.

Guidelines and the online submission form can be found on our website.

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South West to star  

We're excited to once again be supporting the filming of a movie in the region.

The film adaptation of Jasper Jones, a multi-award winning coming of age mystery novel, will take place in the South West in October.

Production will be based in Pemberton, and Academy Award nominee Toni Collette (pictured) will be among the cast members.

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Jumpstarting success stories 

We believe in the power of people of all abilities to accomplish great things.

Which is why we fund projects like Enable Southwest's Jumpstart program, an initiative that supports people with disabilities to set up their own small businesses.

Since the start of the year Jumpstart has assisted in the establishment of 12 micro enterprises, including a massage business run by local man Darren Stevens (pictured) who has a vision impairment.

We are pleased to have provided a grant through the Royalties for Regions - Community Chest Fund towards this initiative.

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Splashing into a new era 

We've been thrilled to watch Collie transform in recent times. Now its newly-redeveloped swimming pool complex is set to make the town an even more attractive place to live.

If you'd like to test the waters at the revamped Collie Mineworkers Memorial Pool, come along to the facility's grand opening at 11am on Sunday October 11.

There will be free entry and a sausage sizzle.

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How the South West was shaped 

Have you ever wondered about how the region's early settlers and workers helped to build the region? Follow the Working Life Heritage Trail and find out.

The trail is a link of attractions around the region that help to tell the story of how the region was shaped.

Pictured: Ian Wilson, Alan Cross and Pat Scallan at the Margaret River Old Settlement.

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Feeding the South West 

It's amazing what a big difference a little extra financial help can make.

Through the Royalties for Regions - Regional Grants Scheme, we allocated a grant that has enabled Foodbank to buy three upright display fridges.

The fridges are allowing the South West branch of the organisation to keep fruit and vegetables for longer, meaning more food for local people in need.

Pictured: Foodbank Bunbury manager Carol Hearn showcasing one of the new fridges helping the organisation, which supports about 60,000 meals a month, to keep food fresh.

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On the road 

Our board members continue to get out and about in the region in order to get a first-hand perspective of local projects and issues.

They most recently visited the Vasse region to learn more about projects such as the Busselton Regional Airport expansion, Margaret River Perimeter Road and Augusta Boat Harbour.

The board also met with representatives from the Augusta-Margaret River Shire and the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association.

Pictured: SWDC staff members Gayle Gray and Ashley Clements with SWDC board member Sue Daubney.

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Creating a bright future 

We know that amazing things can be achieved when people come together to work for a common good.

Which is why we're pleased to have facilitated the inking of a memorandum of understanding between eight organisations which have agreed to support the development of a growth plan for Greater Bunbury.

The growth plan is being made possible through the Royalties for Regions-funded Regional Centres Development Plan and once completed will help to grow business, investment and jobs.

Pictured: Shire of Harvey president Tania Jackson signs as SWDC chairman Stuart Hicks, SWDC acting chief executive officer Patrick Warrand and Shire of Dardanup president Mick Bennett look on.

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Dardanup lights up 

The Bull and Barrel Festival is one of 56 events we are proudly sponsoring this year through our South West Community Events Program.

The annual, free-entry festival is taking place in Dardanup on Saturday October 10, and will commemorate the Anzacs and celebrate Dardanup of the past.

Enjoy the fun of the festival between 10am and 5pm, then from 5pm to 9pm take in the evening entertainment and watch the lighting of the fire sculpture.

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Showcasing country 

Here's one for the diary...The annual Noongar Country art exhibition opens at 6pm this Friday October 2 at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.

The exhibition will feature the works of 16 South West artists and will include paintings, sculptures and basket weavings.

We are pleased to sponsor the exhibition as part of our overall efforts to support events in the region and grow the creative industries sector.

Pictured: Kim Krakouer's Dry Times.

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Greening the neighbourhood 

Have you visited Des Ugle Park recently? If not, you may be in for a pleasant surprise.

The Withers park has become a greener, more attractive place for families to spend time in, thanks to the latest enhancements carried out by the City of Bunbury with our support.

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