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e-Newsletter April 2014

SuperTown makes waves 

surfers point

The South West has long been known for its surf, but its reputation as a world-class surfing destination was well and truly cemented this month.

Between April 2 and 13, Margaret River hosted the world's best surfers as they competed in the Margaret River Drug Aware Pro.

The event boasted full world championship tour status for the first time and brought big names - and the international spotlight - to the town.

And while top surfers like Carissa Moore (pictured) and Michel Bourez were crowned the champions of the event, the importance of the newly developed Surfers Point precinct didn't go unnoticed.

The $6million redevelopment not only accommodated surfers and spectators during the contest, but it was also instrumental in enabling Margaret River to secure world championship tour surf events in the first place.

We are proud $4.7m in State Government Royalties for Regions funding through the SuperTowns program has achieved so much for Margaret River.

Pictures: ASP/Kirstin Scholtz.

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Carissa Moore.

Win for local winery 

As part of our work creating new market opportunities for South West businesses, we regularly link wineries and international buyers.

One of our most recent matches has resulted in Fraser Gallop Estate cracking the potentially lucrative China market.

With our support, the Estate's full range of wines has been picked up by a group which is now distributing the products in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai.

It is the first time the winery has exported to those markets, though its wines have for some time been exported to Canada, Germany, Indonesia and the United Kingdom.

Pictured: Fraser Gallop owner Nigel Gallop and winemaker Clive Otto.

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Fraser Gallop owner Nigel Gallop and winemaker Clive Otto.

Creating liveable communities 

How age-friendly and liveable are towns such as Balingup, Donnybrook and Kirup?

With our support, the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup is finding out.

A series of workshops were carried out earlier this month to give people the chance to have their say, and a survey will be available online until this Friday May 2 for people to complete.

Feedback will be used by the Shire to create more age-friendly communities.

Pictured: Deb Vanallen, Glenis Saunders, Gwenda Endersbee and Alan Cross.

Donnybrook Balingup Age Friendly Community Survey

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Deb Vanallen, Glenis Saunders, Gwenda Endersbee and Alan Cross.

Critical thinking on horizon 

The next Critical Horizons conference is just weeks away - and we're sure many of you are excited about it as we are.

And why wouldn't you be! Designed to get people thinking about what our future communities could be like, the Communities of the 21st Century conference will feature a range of high-profile experts.

Among those set to speak at the conference in Bunbury on May 15 are Australian trend forecaster Bernard Salt and American futurist Jim Lee (pictured).

If you haven't already booked, you can do so through the official event website - www.criticalhorizons.com.au .

The South West Development Commission-organised event is sponsored by Aloca, Bunbury Mail, LandCorp and Regional Development Australia - South West.

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Jim Lee.

Box office takes centre stage 

It's usually what's happening on stage that gets all the attention at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre - not the building itself.

But the centre's recent multi-million dollar expansion project has placed the structure in the spotlight.

We recently visited the centre to see the newly-completed box office, which we provided funding towards - and are delighted to give the upgrade the thumbs up.

Pictured: Joel McGuinness from BREC with Don Punch from SWDC.

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Joel McGuinness from BREC with Don Punch from SWDC.

Collie skate park opens 

We're committed to creating strong and vibrant communities in which people choose to live because of the lifestyle and job opportunities on offer.

So we're especially pleased with the newly-completed Collie skate park, which provides a place for young people to come together and have fun.

The skate park forms part of plans to make Collie an even more attractive place to live as part of the State Government's Royalties for Regions-funded SuperTowns program.

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Collie skatepark.

Budget briefing over breaky 

Want to hear first-hand how this year's State Budget will affect you and the region?

Join Regional Development Minister Terry Redman for a briefing over breakfast.

The event will be held next Friday May 9 in Margaret River, and will be be hosted by the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association and Augusta Margaret River Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

For details or to book your place, visit www.mrcci.com.au .

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Hon. Terry Redman MLA

Milestone for boat harbour 

We are pleased to report progress is being made on the Augusta boat harbour and the large-scale project is on schedule to be completed later this year.

The latest milestone for the project was reached earlier this month when the final contract for the Royalties for Regions-funded boat harbour was announced.

The harbour is designed to provide a much-needed sheltered water area for recreational and commercial vessels between Busselton and Albany.

The harbour is also expected to provide benefits in the form of tourism and commercial opportunities.

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Augusta boat harbour under construction.

Keeping adrift 

It's no secret that we are big fans of the South West-filmed movie Drift.

So you can imagine how excited we were when the new Drift app was released on iTunes last month.

The app provides never before seen content, trailers, a music video, and interviews with actors - and that's just for starters!

Click here to download the Drift app.

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Memorial upgrade planned 

With Anzac Day having been commemorated on Friday, it's timely to announce that we have provided funding to the Greenbushes RSL.

Our grant will contribute towards a $14,000 refurbish of the town's war memorial.

A total of $2000 from us will go towards replacing the brass plaques on the memorial.

Pictured: Ray Mills, Ron Adair and Pat Scallan.

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Ray Mills, Ron Adair and Pat Scallan.

Serving up opportunities in Singapore  

We've long been fans of produce from the Southern Forests - and we're pleased to see that food and beverages from the region are now winning over Singaporeans.

Earlier this month, growers and producers from the Southern Forests region of the South West came together to promote their produce under the Genuinely Southern Forests brand at the Food and Hotel Asia expo in Singapore.

The brand was developed by the Southern Forests Food Council, which is supported by the Royalties for Regions-funded SuperTowns program, to identify produce from the Manjimup, Pemberton, Northcliffe and Walpole areas.

Already, there have been reports of participants receiving orders to ship their produce to the South East Asian city-state.

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Genuinely Southern Forests brand.

Festival made of the write stuff 

If you have an interest in reading and writing, you'll want to be in Margaret River between May 16 and 18.

That's when this year's Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival will be held.

The South West Development Commission-sponsored event will feature a range of guest speakers.

As well as lectures, master classes and workshops, there will also be a series of genealogical information sessions - perfect for people interested in family histories.

Pictured: Festival coordinator Helen Allan and SWDC chairman Stuart Hicks.

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Festival coordinator Helen Allan and SWDC chairman Stuart Hicks.

Win for Withers residents 

With swings and slides and picnic areas, parks are fun places for young families to spend time together - but now there's even more reason for people to visit Des Ugle Park.

The park in the Bunbury suburb of Withers has recently benefited from a series of improvements.

And among its new attractions is a flying fox - which has already proved a hit with youngsters.

We are pleased to have helped provide funding to the City of Bunbury to enable the improvements to take place as part of our Withers urban renewal project.

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Withers urban renewal project improvements to Des Ugle Park.

Getting creative  

Want inspiration for how to pull a crowd to your next event?

Attend a breakfast being held in the Margaret River region on Monday May 5 and learn how crowdsourcing is changing the way events are organised.

With a focus on new models for film distribution, the seminar will feature tugg.com cofounder Pablo Gonzalez as guest speaker.

The seminar will be held at Hay Shed Hill over breakfast at 9am on Monday May 5. It will cost $25 per person to attend, with the cost of entry covering breakfast.

RSVP for How to Pull a Crowd to Mat Lewis at mat.lewis@swdc.wa.gov.au .

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