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e-Newsletter August 2013

Region’s creative side revealed 

creative industries

Did you know the creative industries are worth $306million a year to the South West? Or that the sector employs more than 1000 people in the region?

A report we released last week provides a fascinating snapshot of the local creative industries, as well as exciting ideas for growing the sector.

Among the recommendations listed in the report for consideration is the potential development of a creative industries incubator offering support and space for a range of creative professionals.

To read the report for yourself - and have your say about the actions put forward for consideration, go to our Creative Industires Development page.

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Capel seniors celebrate 

Here at SWDC, we believe that people should have the opportunity to remain close to friends and family in the communities they call home as they become older.

Which is why we supported the development of a new housing complex in Capel.

Specifically designed to meet the needs of seniors and built with the aid of Royalties for Regions money, the 17-unit Access Housing-funded complex was officially opened by MLC Colin Holt on August 22.

Pictured are Anna Oades and Don Punch from the Commission talking with residents Maureen and John Walmsley.

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Anna Oades and Don Punch from the Commission met residents Maureen and John Walmsley at the official launch of the new Royalties for Regions-supported seniors’ housing complex in Capel.

Anna Oades and Don Punch from the Commission met residents Maureen and John Walmsley at the official launch of the new Royalties for Regions-supported seniors’ housing complex in Capel.

Agriculture in focus 

What can be done to grow the South West's agricultural sector?

It's a question the Commission, Regional Development Australia - South West and the Department of Agriculture and Food have set out to answer.

Through a partnership between the three organisations, a plan for boosting the sector in the region is being developed.

When complete, the strategy is expected to detail steps that can be taken to increase returns within the industry and stimulate capital investment.

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A new study will explore opportunities to grow the South West region’s agricultural industry.

A new study will explore opportunities to grow the South West region’s agricultural industry.

Bunbury lights up 

Twinkle, twinkle…Bunbury is lighting up in a magical way.

And it's all thanks to a partnership between us and the city.

When the sun goes down, creative lighting transforms the Marlston Lookout Tower and Graham Bricknell Music Shell, as well as Guppy Park.

The demonstration projects are the result of the Lighting up Bunbury project, which aims to make Bunbury's central business district a more appealing place to be at night.

The City is now considering expanding the project along Victoria Street in the central business district.

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The Marlston Lookout Tower takes on a colourful new look at night, courtesy of the Lighting up Bunbury project.

The Marlston Lookout Tower takes on a colourful new look at night, courtesy of the Lighting up Bunbury project.

Movie magic 

This year's CinefestOz film festival, which featured an expanded line-up of events, achieved a record number of ticket sales.

Festival manager Malinda Nixon said event organisers were pleased with the level of support for screenings and events held throughout the festival over the local government areas of Busselton, Bunbury and Margaret River.

"This support was reflected in the growth of ticketing sales and support of our community related activities," she said.

"Over 15,000 attendances have been experienced by the festival and this is a record amount."

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David Wenham at last year's festival. Photo courtesy Tim Swallow

David Wenham at last year's festival. Photo courtesy Tim Swallow

Surf’s up – and away 

Being a movie about surfing hasn't stopped Drift from spending a lot of time in the sky.

Airplane passengers are being given the option of watching the South West-filmed motion picture on international airlines, including Qantas, Virgin Australia and Emirates.

In addition to being an in-flight entertainment option on a number of carriers, Drift has also enjoyed a wide release in Italy and a smaller-scale release in the United States.

Having teamed up with Royalties for Regions to provide funding towards having the movie shot in the region, we are thrilled that it is being shown on both the big screens of movie theatres and the smaller screens of airplanes.

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The South West-filmed movie Drift is being seen on screens throughout the world.

The South West-filmed movie Drift is being seen on screens throughout the world.

Safer Busselton 

ack in December, we allocated funding to enable the City of Busselton to carry out improvements to local road and pathway networks.

Today, we are pleased to report that the majority of works have been completed and walking and cycling in Busselton is now safer for both residents and visitors.

Pictured is Alan Cross from the South West Development Commission and Oliver Darby from the City of Busselton taking a look at one of the new pathways that have been constructed.

The path runs alongside the Bussell Highway, near Little Colin Street.

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Alan Cross from the South West Development Commission and Oliver Darby from the City of Busselton test out a new pathway along the Bussell Highway.

Alan Cross from the South West Development Commission and Oliver Darby from the City of Busselton test out a new pathway along the Bussell Highway.

Calling young achievers 

Here at SWDC, we enjoy helping young people become the best versions of themselves.

It's why we play a key role at the South West Academy of Sport and support a range of youth-orientated events including the Bunbury Future Possibilities Youth Conference.

And it's why we're backing this year's Rotary SW Young Achievers Program.

A residential workshop series that's designed to help 18 to 25 year olds reach their potential as future business and community leaders, the program will be held this year between October 30 and November 2.

Participants will learn about goal setting, communication, financial management, team work, public speaking and time management.

To learn more about the program or apply for the opportunity to take part, visit www.swyap.org.au .

Applications packs are also available from the Bunbury Chamber of Commerce and Industries or by phoning program coordinator Leanne Oshea on 0407 995 978.

Pictured is Leanne with Anna Oades from the South West Development Commission.

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Leanne Oshea and Anna Oades want 18 to 25 year olds to apply for the opportunity to participate in the Rotary SW Young Achievers Program.

Leanne Oshea and Anna Oades want 18 to 25 year olds to apply for the opportunity to participate in the Rotary SW Young Achievers Program.

Funtabulous times ahead 

Children have even more reason than ever to look forward to the upcoming school holidays - Bunbury Kidsfest is on for another year!

From October 5 to 7, children will be able to enjoy fun-filled activities, workshops and live entertainment - in a marquee village at the Bunbury Recreation Ground.

Performances by X Factor finalists The Collective are bound to be among the highlights of the event.

For details about this South West Development Commission-sponsored event, visit www.bunburykidsfest.com.au .

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Bunbury Kidsfest will once again entertain children and their families in the October school holidays. Photo courtesy City of Bunbury.

Bunbury Kidsfest will once again entertain children and their families in the October school holidays. Photo courtesy City of Bunbury.

Student boarder trial 

Manjimup Senior High School students like Boyup Brook resident Ashleigh Clark are currently forced to travel hours to and from school each day, leaving little time for homework and study.

But a new plan is set to give future students the option of staying in Manjimup during the week.

Through a pilot program to be trialed in Manjimup next year, Australian Homestay Network will manage homestay placements for students attending school in Manjimup in 2014.

The program will enable students from out of town to live as guests - for a fee - in the homes of Manjimup families who put their hands up to host teenagers completing their final years of high school.

Local families who would like to open their homes to out-of-town students completing Year 11 and 12 studies in Manjimup next year are encouraged to register their interest at www.homestaynetwork.org .

We are pleased to have worked with the Shire of Manjimup, Manjimup Senior High School and Australian Homestay Network to facilitate the plan, as part of our efforts to help Manjimup further along the journey to becoming a SuperTown.

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Ashleigh Clark is one of a number of out-of-town students travelling hours each day to attend school in Manjimup.

Ashleigh Clark is one of a number of out-of-town students travelling hours each day to attend school in Manjimup.

Tourism forum 

With its pristine environment and fresh produce, the Southern Forests region has a lot to offer tourists.

But what can businesses do to benefit more from tourism? And what can businesses do to help the region attract and retain tourists?

People are invited to come together and explore opportunities at a free forum being held at the Manjimup Town Hall on September 3.

Attendees will hear from a variety of guest speakers, including representatives from Tourism WA, Australia's South West, the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation and the Southern Forests Food Council.

For more information or to register your interest in attending this South West Development Commission-sponsored event, contact Louise Kingston by phoning 0427 712 921 or emailing louise@wballiance.com.au .

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Board visits Collie 

Our board members don't just sit in the boardroom, they make an effort to regularly get out and about.

Their latest outing as a group was to Collie, where they were able to see a number of projects first-hand.

As part of a special board meeting in July, board members spent a day in the town.

During their time there they received a briefing on the SuperTowns program and Collie Motorplex development project, met with industry representatives and visited Lake Kepwari.

Pictured are plans for a new skate park, which is part of the SuperTowns project for Collie.

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Pictured are plans for a new skate park, which is part of the SuperTowns project for Collie.

Pictured are plans for a new skate park, which is part of the SuperTowns project for Collie.

Bunbury to Albany…via Boyup Brook 

The next time you head to Albany from Bunbury (and vice versa), why not think about taking the shortest route - via Boyup Brook and Frankland.

Signs have been installed to encourage people to get off the highway and journey through the two towns.

The project has been supported by the Commission.

Pictured is Daly Winter from the Shire of Boyup Brook with one of the new signs.

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Daly Winter from the Shire of Boyup Brook showcases one of the new signs which encourages people to visit Boyup Brook when traveling to and from Albany and Bunbury.

Daly Winter from the Shire of Boyup Brook showcases one of the new signs which encourages people to visit Boyup Brook when traveling to and from Albany and Bunbury.

New food council leader 

The Southern Forests Food Council, which is a Royalties for Regions SuperTowns-funded project, has a new executive officer to lead it into the future.

Allen Burtenshaw has been appointed to the position and will now work with the council to grow the Manjimup region's $126million agricultural sector and also promote the area as a culinary food destination.

A managing partner at a Perth marketing agency, Mr Burtenshaw had been working with the food council and the Southern Forests community over the past six months to develop a brand strategy for the region.

In the process, he admits he "fell in love with the region, the people and the cause," eventually leading him to successfully applying for the executive officer position.

Mr Burtenshaw's appointment is timely, with work now commencing on finalising the group's brand design and marketing and communications strategy.

The food council has received Royalties for Regions funding through the SuperTowns program.

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Allen Burtenshaw has been appointed the new executive officer at the Southern Forests Food Council.

Allen Burtenshaw has been appointed the new executive officer at the Southern Forests Food Council.