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e-Newsletter February 2013

Welcome to our latest e-newsletter 

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We're now in the second month of 2013, and no doubt many of you are assessing how your new year resolutions are going.

At the South West Development Commission we made a pact to support the development of the region's creative industries - and we're proud to say, we've kept that promise.

This month, for instance, we're playing a hand in bringing the upcoming Creative Emergence Festival to the South West. For more about the festival, read on.



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First months on the job 

Overseeing the strategic direction of the South West Development Commission…

Taking up a seat on the Regional Development Council…

Developing and assessing new proposals for the region…

With all this and more, it's fair to say Stuart Hicks has been kept busy in his first months as chairman of the SWDC board - not that he would have it any other way.

Mr Hicks, who has previously worked in high-level Government roles, said it was an honour to chair the SWDC board.

"The highlight of working with the SWDC is without doubt the privilege of working with a great team to help progress a great region," he said.

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South West Development Commission chairman Stuart Hicks.

South West Development Commission chairman Stuart Hicks.

Have you seen the Busselton Foreshore lately? 

Busselton's foreshore has long been popular with tourists and visitors - and it's set to become even more of a drawcard now that it is being redeveloped.

Already improvements can be seen on the waterfront, including new play equipment, landscaping, barbecue facilities and a swim jetty.

The enhancements are part of the City of Busselton's Busselton Foreshore Redevelopment Project, which has been helped along with $6.102million in Royalties for Regions funding.



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The new-look Busselton Foreshore is taking shape with new landscaped areas and play equipment.

The new-look Busselton Foreshore is taking shape with new landscaped areas and play equipment.

Be part of the Busselton Jetty Swim 

Ready, set, swim! The Be Active Busselton Jetty Swim is on again for another year - and you can be part of the action.

People have until Wednesday February 6 to register for the 3.6 kilometre swim around the Busselton Jetty.

Singles and teams of two and four are welcome to enter the event, which is this year expected to attract a record field of more than 1500.The swim will be held on the morning of Sunday February 10, but there will be free family entertainment throughout the weekend.

For more information about the South West Development Commission-sponsored event, go to www.busseltonjettyswim.org.au .



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Flashback: The Busselton Jetty swim before upgrades to the pier were carried out.

Flashback: The Busselton Jetty swim before upgrades to the pier were carried out.

Royalties for Regions serves up improved rec facility 

Residents of Greenbushes now have even more motivation to get fit - a vastly improved sporting facility.

With the aid of $11,980 from our allocation of Royalties for Regions funding, the Greenbushes Ratepayers and Residents Association has been able to refurbish the town's multi-purpose courts.

With the new court surfaces in place, locals are able to enjoy playing a variety of sports at the community centre including basketball, netball and tennis.



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Leonie Eastcott with Pat Scallan and Billy Wellstead at the recently upgraded multi-purpose courts.

Leonie Eastcott with Pat Scallan and Billy Wellstead at the recently upgraded multi-purpose courts.

Country music stars head to South West 

Guess who's coming to Boyup Brook?

Two of the biggest names in Australian country music are, that's who.

Kasey Chambers and Adam Harvey will headline this year's Boyup Brook Country Music Festival, which will be held over five days this month.

Between February 13 and 17, the South West town will feature concerts from a number of country music artists, as well as the West Australian Country Music Awards, Ute and Muster Street Carnival, bush poets breakfast, and workshops and art awards.

For more about the South West Development Commission-sponsored event, visit www.countrymusicwa.com.au .



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Australian country singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers will appear at this year’s Boyup Brook Country Music Festival.

Australian country singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers will appear at this year’s Boyup Brook Country Music Festival.

Health check for not-for-profits groups 

We often provide funding to help projects get off the ground. And we're always delighted when we revisit projects years later and see just how far they've come.

Take Club Doctors for instance. Since forming in 2006 to help community organisations run smoothly, the free service has carried out about 400 assignments for more than 150 groups across the South West.

Run by the Rotary Club of Bunbury Leschenault, Club Doctors provides advice on areas such as running committees, volunteer recruitment and fundraising.

For more information about Club Doctors visit www.clubdoctors.com.au .



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Stephen Foster, Neville Eastman and Don Punch display the Club Doctors brochure.

Stephen Foster, Neville Eastman and Don Punch display the Club Doctors brochure.

Get set for an eventful year! 

Back in December, we announced almost 50 events happening in the region in 2013 would receive grants through our South West Events Program.

Now we are well and truly into the new year, many of the events we funded are fast approaching.

Among them is the Nannup Music Festival which will take place over the March long weekend.

From March 1 to 4, acts such as Emma Louise, Busby Marou and Toby will entertain.

For more information about the festival, visit www.nannupmusicfestival.org .



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Jungle signer Emma Louise will be performing at this year’s Nannup Music Festival.

Jungle signer Emma Louise will be performing at this year’s Nannup Music Festival.

Wheels turn on bicycle pathway plan 

Getting from A to B on a bicycle is a relatively environmentally-friendly and inexpensive form of transport - not to mention, good for health and wellbeing.

So we are pleased all four relevant local government authorities - the City of Bunbury and the shires of Dardanup, Capel and Harvey - have adopted the Greater Bunbury Bicycle Master Plan.

The plan was created to guide the development of a safe and effective bike path network to link the growing urban areas of Greater Bunbury.

It also aims to identify potential ways to improve the coastal bike pathway network from Binningup to Peppermint Beach, as well as between inland communities and Bunbury.

The master plan has been designed to complement each local government authority's existing bike plans.



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The Greater Bunbury Bicycle Master Plan has been adopted by the four relevant local government authorities.

The Greater Bunbury Bicycle Master Plan has been adopted by the four relevant local government authorities.

Easier than ever to get connected in Bunbury 

Did you know parts of Bunbury's central business district have free wi-fi?

Designed to make the city more attractive to visitors, the complimentary internet access is also a bonus for locals.

The wireless internet service is available in selected parts of Bunbury's central business district, including some areas along Victoria Street, and around the Bunbury library, Dolphin Discovery Centre and Chamber House.



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Meeting of the creative minds 

Fancy picking the brain of a Hollywood producer?

Mike Rosenstein, who collaborates with big names like Ben Stiller, will be among the experts lending their creative minds to the upcoming Emergence Creative Festival.

Joining him will be a stellar line-up of national and international speakers including Facebook's director of engineering Lars Rasmussen and Othman Laraki from Twitter - and that's just for starters.

As well as listening to guest speakers, attendees will also have access to interactive master classes and information sessions.
In addition, there will be satellite events including a surfing competition and photography exhibition.

For more about the festival, which will be held from February 20 to 22, visit www.emergencecreative.com .



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Mike Rosenstein will be one of the guest speakers at the Emergence Creative Festival.

Mike Rosenstein will be one of the guest speakers at the Emergence Creative Festival.

SuperTowns funding at work 

World-class surfing action comes to Surfers Point in Margaret River each year courtesy of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

And when the competition rolls around in the future, it won't only be what's happening on the water that will have people talking.

Surfers Point is currently undergoing a makeover befitting its reputation as an international tourist precinct.
With the aid of $3.46million in SuperTowns funding, upgrades to the site are being carried out.

For example, new stairs will be constructed that will allow access to "Main Break" for this year's event.

Then in 2014, the event will have a new, larger site with improved services, access and parking.

The upgrades will also result in new toilet and change room facilities, boardwalks and stairs.



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This image shows how the new toilets at Surfers Point are being built into a sand dune to reduce the development footprint and maximise the natural qualities of the site.

This image shows how the new toilets at Surfers Point are being built into a sand dune to reduce the development footprint and maximise the natural qualities of the site.

Want a family-friendly place to live? Try Bunbury 

Bunbury is one of the most family-friendly cities in Australia, according to Suncorp Bank.

The South West city and Darwin tied the spot for eighth place in the inaugural Suncorp Bank Family Friendly Index.

The report's findings were achieved by ranking Australia's 30 most populous cities against a set of criteria.

Unemployment levels, crime rates, broadband in the home, access to health services, schools, childcare, volunteer work, house prices and disposable income were all used to determine the country's best cities for families.

As well as being ranked eighth overall, Bunbury was named the second safest city and the second healthiest city.



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Bunbury is one of the most family-friendly cities in Australia, according to a new study.

Bunbury is one of the most family-friendly cities in Australia, according to a new study.