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e-Newsletter August 2016

Because there’s no place like home… 

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We're big believers in the importance of allowing people to remain connected to their communities as they become older.

As such, we're pleased to be supporting Access Housing's South West Ageing in Place Housing Pilot.

The project, which we secured $4.8 million in State Government Royalties for Regions funding for, will result in 26 new and refurbished independent living units for seniors in Boyanup and Dardanup.

Some of the units will be made available for sale, with the sales revenues reinvested in a third project in the South West.

Pictured: Dardanup Shire deputy president Peter Robinson, then Housing Minister Colin Holt, Access Housing CEO Garry Ellender and South West Development Commission acting CEO Anna Oades.

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Region on the big screen 

Having supported the filming of Jasper Jones in Pemberton, we are delighted that the premiere of the movie has also taken place in the South West.

The first public screening of the film was held in Busselton last week as part of the high-profile CinefestOZ film festival, which brought film industry luminaries to the region.

We went along - and are happy to report that Pemberton and the Southern Forests look amazing on the big screen.

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South West in focus 

It's an exciting time for the South West, with a number of transformational projects either planned or underway.

Come along to the South West Focus conference in Perth on Thursday September 29 to learn about the region's investment opportunities and success stories.

Australian demographer Bernard Salt (pictured) will be the keynote speaker for the event and will talk about the rise and role of the South West as a lifestyle region.

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South West in the frame 

To coincide with World Photo Day, we announced the winners of our annual photography competition on August 19.

A total of 26 photos will feature in the free 2017 This South West Life calendar.

Entrants were this year asked to capture on camera what it is about the region that makes them smile.

Pictured: Chris Tate's winning photo taken at Gnomesville.

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Events funding to open 

We believe in the power of local events to boost the region's economy, add to the social tapestries of local communities and elevate the profile of the places they are held in.

For these reasons, we are once again preparing to support events through our South West Events Program.

Applications for funding through this program will open on Thursday. Check on our website then for details.

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Bicycle-friendly region 

A group coordinated by us at SWDC has set the wheels in motion for a shared path to be constructed along the busy Bussell Highway.

Funding from the Department of Transport, City of Bunbury and Shire of Capel will see the first phase of the proposed path constructed.

Pictured: Peter Eckersley, Kyle Daly, Alan Cross and Jason Gick looking at plans for the shared path.

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Local projects boosted 

All around the region, community projects are getting a welcome boost thanks to the Royalties for Regions program.

In Collie, local recipients recently came together to celebrate receiving grants through the Community Chest Fund and Regional Grants Scheme.

Pictured: Pam Anderson, South West MLC Colin Holt, Peter Wutchak, Lynne McIntosh and Geoff Blackford celebrate the funding allocated to Riverview Residence.

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Pod opens to provide help 

Every day, we look for opportunities to create family-friendly communities that people choose to live in.

So we are delighted to have been able to support Investing In Our Youth to develop The Pod.

The new website is a terrific resource for those working to build healthy, safe and happy environments for children.

Pictured: June Foulds, Louise Fischer, Claire MacDonald and Bernie Evans at the launch of The Pod in Bunbury on Monday.

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Apply now for Royalties for Regions funding 

Don't worry if you haven't yet applied for Royalties for Regions funding for your community project - there's still time.

We are accepting applications for grants up to $50,000 through the Community Chest Fund right up to 4pm on Monday September 12.

Meanwhile, people have until 4pm on Tuesday September 27 to request grants between $50,001 and $300,000 through the Regional Grants Scheme.

If you have any questions about completing your application form, give us a call - we are happy to help.

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