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e-Newsletter April 2015

A helping hand for local communities 

lyric theatre

At the South West Development Commission, we work to create vibrant communities that people want to live in.

Part of achieving this involves ensuring people are able to enjoy a variety of lifestyle opportunities and interests.

With this in mind, we are pleased to report that Royalties for Regions money allocated by us through the Community Chest Fund is making a difference to local groups and projects around the South West.

The Bunbury Musical Comedy Group, for example, has been able to upgrade the New Lyric Theatre's storm water system ahead of its upcoming performances of Aspects of Love.

Pictured: Peter Procter at the back of the newly-upgraded New Lyric Theatre.

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Serving up the region 

A local chef has helped cook up interest in the South West as a culinary tourism destination.

David Hull from Cullen Wines served up some of Western Australia's best produce at the Australian Culinary Trails event in Jakarta last week.

A showcase of Australian food and drink, the event was targeted at Indonesian importers, food service industry representatives and consumers.

We supported the Austrade event that was held in cooperation with Tourism Australia and Tourism WA by assisting in securing a local chef to represent the region.

Pictured: Joss Henderson and David Hull who acted as ambassadors at the event.

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Joss Henderson and David Hull who acted as ambassadors at the event.

China connection 

The Bunbury-Jiaxing Business Office is a terrific first point of contact for anyone in the South West intending to conduct business with China.

Services offered include the facilitation of trade partnerships, cultural awareness and translation. And soon, South West business will be able to get even more involved with the activities of the office.

The office is set to open up its membership, a move that will allow more people to be involved in its direction and also be kept in the loop about activities including the upcoming trade fair mission.

Pictured: Bunbury-Jiaxing Business Office liaison officer Edwin Zhuang with Matthew Wardle and Posy Barnes at Mandarin language classes.

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Bunbury-Jiaxing Business Office liaison officer Edwin Zhuang with Matthew Wardle and Posy Barnes at Mandarin language classes.

Future focus 

You've seen him on television and read his commentaries in the newspaper. Now you have a chance to hear first-hand from leading finance and economics commentator Michael Pascoe.

The highly-regarded presenter, who is known for bringing perspective and humour to what can be a dry subject, has been announced as a speaker for the upcoming South West Focus Conference.

To be held at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre over Wednesday July 1 and Thursday July 2, the event will tie in with the South West Regional Blueprint and look at opportunities the future may bring to the region.

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Michael Pascoe

Linking businesses to opportunities 

The South West's gourmet food and beverages have been eyed by department store David Jones.

Representatives from the retailer visited Perth and the South West last month to source local premium products for its food halls and associated cafes.

We were pleased to work with the Department of Agriculture and Food to facilitate the visit.

Pictured: David Jones buying manager Lyana Doyle and Department of Agriculture and Food director general Rob Delane.

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David Jones buying manager Lyana Doyle and Department of Agriculture and Food director general Rob Delane.

Photo comp winners 

Back in March, we asked people to capture on camera what it's like to live, work and play in the South West region of Western Australia - and many did.

From more than 100 images submitted, 15 photos taken by 14 people have been named as prize winners.

Congratulations to the winners who will receive an autographed Drift DVD and have their work featured in a 2016 calendar.

Pictured is the photo by Tim Gamblin, the winner of the Chairman's Choice.

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Photo by Tim Gamblin, the winner of the Chairman’s Choice award.

Taking care of your land 

The former Roelands Mission has become a place of opportunity for Noongar people, with locals learning new skills and taking up employment opportunities.

One of the latest initiatives to come out of Roelands Village is the creation of a land care work team, which is available for hire.

The crew, which is part of Woolkabunning Kiaka, can be contracted to carry out a variety of works including land management and farm maintenance work.

Specialties are weed eradication and fencing.

To find out more, contact Les Wallam by phoning 9726 3606, 97263 224, 0427 689 200 or emailing les@roelandsvillage.com.au .

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Communities for all 

Communities are for everyone who lives in them. Which is why programs like Rotary Sail into Life are so wonderful.

We're pleased to support the Bunbury program to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to enjoy what many might take for granted - getting out on the water.

Through the Royalties for Regions-backed Community Chest Fund, funding is supporting training related to the program, which allows people to enjoy sailing on Koombana Bay.

Pictured: Jason Lewis and Anthony Twigger who are involved in the Sail into Life program.

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Jason Lewis and Anthony Twigger who are involved in the Sail into Life program.

Growing agriculture 

A plan to grow the South West region's agricultural industry has been unveiled.

Prepared by Deloitte Access Economics, the report outlines key strategies for taking the sector into greener, more lucrative pastures.

It's all part of efforts to better position the region to take advantage of market opportunities and attract further investment from Asia.

You can read the report for yourself, here.

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Turnbull visit focuses on broadband 

The growing South West region was discussed with Federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull when he visited Bunbury earlier this week.

The meeting focused on the importance of broadband to the region's creative sector.

The creative industries in the South West currently generate about $350million a year, and SWDC is working with stakeholders in the region to build the sector.

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Growing a community asset 

Local residents are encouraged to play a role in helping the Withers kitchen garden grow by joining the team in charge of managing the community asset.

Officially launched at an open day last month, the project is being undertaken with support from the City of Bunbury and us at SWDC.

Nominations for the committee close Friday May 8 and forms are available from the City of Bunbury administration building on Stephen Street.

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Ready to race 

Through our South West Community Events Program, we are supporting 56 events taking place in the region this year.

Among the events benefiting from our sponsorship is the Sunsmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon.

People will be able to catch the action this Saturday May 2 as competitors swim, cycle and run towards the finish line.

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Calling creatives 

If you're fond of the written word, Margaret River will be the 'write' place to spend the last three days of May.

That's because this year's Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival will be held between Friday May 29 and Sunday May 31.

Attend this SWDC-sponsored event and hear from a number of writers including Tomorrow When the War Began author John Marsden.

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Celebrate the season 

It's autumn, and gardens around the region are taking on a quality that will be celebrated during the Festival of Country Gardens.

The event, which gets underway this Friday May 1, will feature excursions, demonstrations and open gardens.

For more information about this SWDC-sponsored event taking place in Northcliffe, Donnybrook, Balingup, Bridgetown, Manjimup and Pemberton visit the official website.

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Goal for local sport 

Sport brings people together, helping to build stronger, healthier communities.

With this in mind, we are pleased to have been able to play a role in ensuring those involved in local sporting clubs have the facilities they need to operate from.

A grant from the Royalties for Regions Community Chest Fund has been used to upgrade the Busselton Hockey Stadium's kitchen.

Pictured: Busselton Hockey Stadium manager Alice Hansen in the new kitchen.

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Busselton Hockey Stadium manager Alice Hansen in the new kitchen.