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e-Newsletter February 2014

Support for marine faciltiies 

marine

Back in January, we asked you to tell us what you thought about plans to improve Bunbury's marine facilities - and many of you did.

Because of your support, we now have the confidence to take the next step towards enhancing facilities at Casuarina Harbour and Koombana Bay.

This will involve approaching the State Government about funding for the necessary environmental and engineering studies that need to be carried out before more detailed designs can be developed.

Your feedback, contained in the 52 submissions we received, will be especially valuable when it comes time to draw up more detailed designs. View the concept plans.

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Putting the art in heart 

We believe it's important that all people have the opportunity to pursue their interests and explore their talents. Which is why we have been so pleased to support Art Partners.

The program gives people with disability the chance to team up with a mentor and participate in art classes together.

Since its launch in 2011 as a six-month pilot program, Art Partners has been responsible for opening up the arts world to many people.

Pictured are Emma Matthews and mentor Billie Griffiths at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.

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Emma Matthews and mentor Billie Griffiths at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.

Thinking about tomorrow, today 

Get ready to put on your thinking caps! We are excited to announce the Critical Horizons think tank series will be making a return this year.

On May 15, a number of experts will be in Bunbury to offer their thoughts about community living in the 21st century.

The event will be held at the new Cube Theatre at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.

For more information, visit www.criticalhorizons.com.au . Tickets can be purchased directly from the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.

Pictured are SWDC's Alan Cross and Don Punch.

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South West Development Commission’s Alan Cross and Don Punch.

Grown in the Southern Forests 

Here's good news for anyone who likes knowing where their food comes from…

Cartons of produce bearing the Genuinely Southern Forests logo are now finding their way to shops.

Developed by the Southern Forests Food Council, the Genuinely Southern Forests brand identifies food that has been produced in the Manjimup, Pemberton, Northcliffe and Walpole areas.

The new regional brand enables customers to easily identify the origin of their produce and choose to purchase some of the best WA has to offer.

The project has been made possible by the State Government's SuperTowns program, which aims to make selected towns even better places to live and work.

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Genuinely Southern Forests brand

What’s on in Withers 

Want to know what's happening in Withers?

Get hold of a free Withers Community Calendar and find out.

The calendar provides locals with a handy guide to what free or low-cost community events, workshops and groups are taking place in the Bunbury suburb.

Many of the activities listed in the calendar have been organised as part of the Withers Urban Renewal Strategy.

The initiative is part of efforts by the South West Development Commission to make Withers an even better place to live.

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SWDC chief executive Don Punch with the Withers Community Calendar.

Movies in the park 

Since Valentine's Day, people have been brought together at parks around Bunbury though the Love Where You Live cinema series.

And the fun of the free community events continues with a screening of the Australian film Satellite Boy at Trinity Green Park in College Grove.

It will be followed by a showing of the musical Bran Nue Dae (pictured) at Malaleuca Park in Carey Park on March 8.

Both events get underway at 4pm, with the screenings taking place at sunset.

The series is a partnership between the City of Bunbury and CinefestOz that is sponsored by the South West Development Commission.

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Picture from the movie Bran Nue Dae.

Long weekend fun 

A long weekend means many of us get an extra day off to enjoy what our wonderful region has to offer.

And over the next few days, there will certainly be plenty to look forward to - including the 25th annual Nannup Music Festival.

Featuring an exciting line-up of acts, including Dave Arden and Justin Brady (pictured), the festival is set to entertain.

For more about this South West Development Commission-sponsored event, visit http://nannupmusicfestival.org .

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Dave Arden and Justin Brady.

Hats off to graduates 

The importance of education cannot be underestimated. Not only does it expand people's understanding of the world, but is often a step towards a fulfilling career.

With this in mind, we wish to congratulate all the Edith Cowan University South West graduates of 2013 who were rewarded for years of hard work at a recent ceremony in Bunbury.

Among the 187 graduates were Education Prize winner Naomi Kerr (pictured) and Social Work Prize Katrina Gryguc, both of whom had their awards sponsored by us.

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ECU education prize winner Naomi Kerr receives her award.

Harvey set to entertain 

We are once again pleased to be supporting the Harvey Harvest Festival.

On Sunday March 16, people will be able to visit Snell Park and experience the atmosphere of Italy.

There will be music, entertainment, food, wine, markets, a grape stomp - and more!

For details about the festival, which is in its 15th year, visit the http://harveyfest.com.au .

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Harvey Harvest Festival.

Next steps for blueprint 

The public comment period for our draft South West Regional Blueprint closed earlier this month. We'd like to thank everyone who provided feedback on the vision for the region we developed with Regional Development Australia - South West.

Having reviewed your comments, we are now in the process of finalising the document.

The next step is to submit the Blueprint to the State Government.

We hope to share the final version with you in the near future.

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SWDC draft blueprint.

Talent showcased 

The South West is home to many musical talents - some of whom can be heard on the new Sounds of the South West CD.

The compilation features 10 newly-recorded tracks from nine outstanding local acts including Warangka Band, Codee-Lee Down, Junior Bowles, Tracey Barnett, Latehorse, Dallas Royal, Bloody Hollys, Ten Cent Shooters and Swami Adima.

Sounds of the South West was officially launched last week at Emergence Creative Festival in Margaret River, a three-day event which featured a number of creative heavyweights as guest speakers including Glee musical supervisor PJ Bloom.

We are proud to have played a role in making both the CD and festival happen. Listen to the compilation here http://wam.org.au/what-we-do/listen .

Pictured is Dallas Royal (picture by Elements).

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Dallas Royal (picture by Elements Margaret River).