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e-Newsletter August 2015

Starring...the South West 

film industry

The South West is fast-becoming known for movies - and we can't applaud enough.

We've been working behind the scenes to support the growth of this industry in the region.

As well as getting behind the CinefestOZ film festival, which attracted a long-list of stars and industry luminaries last week, we have just launched a new website which aims to lure new productions to the region.

The Film South West website promotes the region as a quality filming location which has already been the backdrop for films such as Drift, Kill Me Three Times, Mountains May Depart - and soon, Jasper Jones.

Speaking of Jasper Jones, we recently announced that we will be supporting the filming of the screen version of the award-winning book in the region.

Pictured: David Wenham, Hugo Weaving and Sarah Snook at the Busselton Jetty for CinefestOZ. Photo courtesy of Courtnery McAllister.

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Turning ideas into reality 

We are proud of the difference Royalties for Regions money we allocated to local organisations earlier this year has made to communities in the South West.

Both the Community Chest Fund and Regional Grants Scheme funding programs have provided groups around the region with the financial help needed to make their projects a reality.

The Shire of Nannup's new community bus is just one example of a project that has benefited through the Community Chest Fund.

Pictured: Derek Brown with the Nannup Community Bus, which is available for hire by community and sporting groups.

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Derek Brown with the Nannup Community Bus, which is available for hire by community and sporting groups.

Main street wi-fi for Margaret River 

Sometimes all an organisation needs to turn a great idea into reality is a financial helping hand.

Which is why Royalties for Regions has been so good for organisations in the South West.

With the assistance of funding from the Royalties for Regions - Regional Grants Scheme, the Margaret River Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been able to establish free wi-fi along the town's main street.

An online shopping portal has also been launched, presenting local businesses with e-commerce opportunities.

Pictured: Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, MRCCI president Peter Griffyn and SWDC acting chief executive officer Patrick Warrand at the launch of the project last week.

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Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, MRCCI president Peter Griffin and SWDC acting chief executive officer Patrick Warrand at the launch of the project last week.

Toasting success after Singapore showcase 

Showcase events were held in Singapore earlier this month for the purpose of promoting Margaret River's food, wine and tourism offerings.

Several winemakers and export sales managers from the Margaret River region took up the chance to foster business connections face-to-face and were in attendance at the events.

Among the wineries which participated was Aravina Estate, which took up the opportunity to cement business partnerships and has now firmed up a deal with an importer with the first order soon to be shipped.

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Ready to sail into next cruise ship season 

As part of our efforts to strengthen the South West's tourism industry, we've been involved in promoting what the region has to offer to cruise ship companies.

It's hoped that by marketing the region - including the three cruise ship destinations of Bunbury, Busselton and Augusta - the South West is listed on the itineraries of even more luxury liners.

In positive signs for the next cruise ship season, seven touring vessels are so far set to dock off Busselton from November, with three cruise ships scheduled to tie up at Bunbury from January.

Pictured: Abercrombie and Kent senior cruise account manager Jeff Barnard being shown the region by Cruise Bunbury Committee chair Adrian Gutteridge and Mark Exeter from SWDC in Bunbury.

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Abercrombie and Kent senior cruise account manager Jeff Barnard being shown the region by Cruise Bunbury Committee chair Adrian Gutteridge and Mark Exeter from SWDC.

Learn about selling online to China 

You don't need your own website to potentially profit in China's booming online retail sector.

Come along to a free seminar being held in Dunsborough this Thursday September 3 and learn about selling online to consumers in China using established third-party platforms.

To book your seat at the event, register here .

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Events funding round to be launched 

We are committed to supporting community events in the region and will be launching our latest South West Community Events Program funding round later this week.

The official launch will be held at Bunbury's Dolphin Discover Centre at 11.30am this Friday September 4.

If you are interested in attending the event, all you have to do is let us know.

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Region promoted as filming location 

Would your property make a perfect backdrop for a movie? Or perhaps you have services to offer the film industry?

If so, why not register what you have to offer on the new Film South West website.

The online resource was launched last week with the aim of making it easier for the creatives behind productions to find the perfect shooting location and resources for their next project.

Pictured: Adam Smith from Screenwest, Mat Lewis from the South West Development Commission, Seph McKenna from Roadshow Films and Jamie Hilton from See Pictures.

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Adam Smith from Screenwest, Mat Lewis from the South West Development Commission, Seph McKenna from Roadshow Films and Jamie Hilton from See Pictures.

New faces on the board 

We would like to introduce you to our newest board members.

Harvey Shire president Tania Jackson and Manjimup resident Ed Valom were recently appointed to our 10-member board of management.

They attended their first board meeting on Friday August 28.

Pictured: Ed Valom, SWDC chairman Stuart Hicks and Tania Jackson.

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Talking about the Busselton airport expansion 

Did you know that more than 100,000 people are expected to fly directly from the eastern states into the South West by 2033, presenting the region with new tourism and business opportunities?

That and other interesting nuggets of information about the upcoming $59.7million expansion of the Busselton regional airport can be accessed by watching an online presentation.

The presentation was filmed at a South West Focus briefing session in Bunbury and made available for viewing by the South West Chambers of Commerce and Industry

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Gangbusters economy 

At the South West Development Commission, a major focus for us is strengthening the region's economy.

So you can imagine how pleased we are the South West's dynamic economy generated $17billion in 2013/14.

In another encouraging sign for the region's economy, the Port of Bunbury achieved record trade of 16.26 million tonnes for 2014/15, with increases in both overall exports and imports.

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Looking for a solution to a salty problem 

The State Government is inviting expressions of interest to provide a solution to increase the availability and use of water from Wellington Dam.

Responses are sought from a broad range of proponents to lower salinity levels in the water from the dam and support agriculture development in the Myalup-Wellington region.

The process is part of the $5.7 million Myalup-Wellington Water for Food project.

Submissions close Friday October 9. For more information, visit www.tenders.wa.gov.au .

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