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e-Newsletter August 2014

Spotlight follows stars to South West 

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A Place to Call Home star Marta Dusseldorp and leading film reviewer Margaret Pomeranz who were on the film prize jury.

The South West took centre stage last week when stars of the screen headed to the region to attend the seventh annual CinefestOZ film festival.

Highlights included the awarding of the Royalties for Regions-funded $100,000 CinefestOZ Film Prize to family-friendly movie Paper Planes and the presentation of the CinefestOZ Screen Legend award to Australian actor Joel Edgerton.

Both these announcements helped to generate headlines nationally and overseas, with leading show business publication Variety among those reporting on the South West festival.

But it wasn't only the official events which helped to elevate the South West's profile, with actors, directors, producers and other industry luminaries spotted out and about sampling what the region has to offer.

We hope that seeing photos of prominent people enjoying the South West lifts awareness of the region as a quality holiday destination.

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Manjimup in the spotlight 

Manjimup will have a unique opportunity to showcase itself to Premier Colin Barnett and State Government ministers when Regional Cabinet comes to town.

On Sunday, there will be a Meet the Minister session, as well as a community reception.

Then on Monday, the Manjimup Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host a breakfast with the Premier, before a Cabinet meeting and school leadership forum takes place.

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WA Premier Colin Barnett.

WA Premier Colin Barnett.

Export help at hand 

Here at the South West Development Commission, we make it our business to help local businesses.

Which is why we are pleased our contract to deliver trade services on behalf of the Australian Trade Commission has been renewed.

As a result, we will continue to assist small and medium size enterprises to link with market opportunities overseas.

South West Development Commission export advisor Mat Lewis can be contacted on 0427 429 016 or mat.lewis@swdc.wa.gov.au .

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South West Development Commission export advisor Mat Lewis.

South West Development Commission export advisor Mat Lewis.

Minister visits Bunbury 

We were honoured to have Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, Bunbury MLA John Castrilli and Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan visit our office recently to talk about plans for enhancing Bunbury's marine facilities.

From our headquarters in the Bunbury Tower, the three visitors were given a handy bird's eye view of the proposed upgrades and developments.

If you want to refresh your memory about the concept plan for the project, you can download it from our website.

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Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, Bunbury MLA John Castrilli and Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, Bunbury MLA John Castrilli and Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan.

Helping children to get a good start 

A new centre which aims to help young children learn vital skills before they even start school was officially opened in Bunbury last week.

The $1.15million Carey Park Child and Parent Centre offers a range of services for families including child health checks, playgroups and parenting classes.

Pictured: Anna Oades from the South West Development Commission with Carmen Gregg from Investing in our Youth at the opening on Friday.

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Anna Oades from the South West Development Commission with Carmen Gregg from Investing in our Youth.

Anna Oades from the South West Development Commission with Carmen Gregg from Investing in our Youth.

Top honours for underwater observatory 

We always knew the Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory was something special, but now it's official.

The observatory has been voted the best aquarium in the South Pacific by reviewers of travel website TripAdvisor.

The attraction allows visitors to descend eight metres to the ocean floor to discover a colourful underwater world through 11 viewing windows.

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Busselton Jetty voted best aquarium in the South Pacific by reviewers of travel website TripAdvisor.

Busselton Jetty voted best aquarium in the South Pacific by reviewers of travel website TripAdvisor.

Chinese Consul General visits 

The South West was recently showcased to an official from a country that is providing exciting trade opportunities for the region.

The Chinese Consul General to Western Australia, Dr Huang Qinguo, toured Bunbury, Busselton and Margaret River over two days earlier in the month.

The visit proved a good opportunity for Dr Huang to experience the region first-hand and meet local dignitaries and business representatives.

Pictured: Patrick Warrand from the South West Development Commission, Chinese Consul General to WA Dr Huang Qinguo, and Bunbury-Jiaxing Business Officer liaison officer Edwin Zhuang.

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Patrick Warrand from the South West Development Commission, Chinese Consul General to WA Dr Huang Qinguo, and Bunbury-Jiaxing Business Officer liaison officer Edwin Zhuang.

Patrick Warrand from the South West Development Commission, Chinese Consul General to WA Dr Huang Qinguo, and Bunbury-Jiaxing Business Officer liaison officer Edwin Zhuang.

Lights, camera – scriptwriters and producers in action 

We were excited to showcase the region to movie producers, scriptwriters and a media representative during CinefestOZ last week.

On Thursday we took a group of film producers and a representative from Variety on a tour of some of the region's most scenic locations.

In addition, we also supported the internationally-acclaimed eQuinoxe script development workshop when it was held in Australia for the first time as part of CinefestOZ. The program for the workshop allowed us to show some of the Margaret River region's most inspiring spots to participants.

We were happy to show the visitors around - and we hope they think of the South West of WA when they work on their next flick.

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Future focus to conference 

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman headlined a recent sold-out conference in Bunbury which focused on the future of the South West.

The Committee for Economic Development of Australia event at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on August 7 was the first installment in the State of the Regions series.

The event also saw South West Development Commission chief executive officer Don Punch take to the stage to talk about the past, present and future of the region.

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Hon Terry Redman speaking at the Future of the South West Conference in Bunbury.

Hon Terry Redman speaking at the Future of the South West Conference in Bunbury.

Getting closer to nature 

Have you visited the Busselton Wetlands recently?

New interpretive trails and a bird hide were opened in October and have since provided people with improved access to the world-class wetlands.

We recently stopped by the upgraded site, which benefited from funding from SWDC and Royalties for Regions, to experience the wonders of the natural attraction ourselves.

Pictured: Alan Cross from the South West Development Commission and Will Oldfield from the City of Busselton.

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Alan Cross from the South West Development Commission and Will Oldfield from the City of Busselton.

Alan Cross from the South West Development Commission and Will Oldfield from the City of Busselton.

Drift makes a splash at awards 

It's been a remarkable couple of months for film in the South West.

Not only did CinefestOZ shine the spotlight on the region as a tourist destination and filming location, but a movie that was shot in the South West back in 2011 claimed three awards at this year's WA Screen Awards.

Drift was handed best actor, best sound and best script at the presentation night in Perth on July 14.
Pictured is best actor winner Myles Pollard in Drift.

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Best actor winner Myles Pollard in Drift.

Best actor winner Myles Pollard in Drift.