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e-Newsletter July 2013
- A place to call home – for life
- Walpole for all
- A glimpse into the future
- Film festival fun
- Science spectacular
- Nannup blooms for garden show
- Meet Marcus
- US to catch the Drift
- Region given thumbs up
- Visitor numbers increase
- Tourism potential in focus
- Living her netball dream
A place to call home – for life
At the Commission, we believe that as people become older they should be able to continue living close to family and friends in the communities they call home.
It's the very reason why we have supported a number of new housing developments for seniors.
With our assistance, work is underway to build independent living units at Geegeelup Village in Bridgetown, and in Capel the official opening of 17 new villas is fast approaching - and that's just for starters.
In this edition of the Commission's monthly e-newsletter, we take a closer look at the new lifestyle village that has recently been completed in Walpole.
Walpole for all
Until now, moving into a retirement village meant leaving town for Walpole residents.
So we are delighted that residents now have the option of remaining in town with their family and friends as they grow older, thanks to a new retirement development.
The Jarrah Glen Lifestyle Village, which features five two-bedroom units and a community centre, was completed in June and is expecting its first occupants in August.
We are pleased to have helped the Walpole and Districts Seniors Accommodation group, which received Royalties for Regions funding towards the village, make this project a reality.
Pictured is Walpole and Districts Seniors Accommodation group president Rod Burton showcasing the new Jarrah Glen Lifestyle Village, which is available to over 65s.
Walpole and Districts Seniors Accommodation group president Rod Burton showcases the new Jarrah Glen Lifestyle Village, which is available to over 65s.
A glimpse into the future
Do you remember when the Dolphin Discovery Centre underwent an upgrade that included the installation of a digital dolphinarium?
Well, that was only the first stage of much bigger plans for the popular tourist attraction.
These striking artist impressions reveal what the centre is expected to look like once the second stage of its planned redevelopment has been completed.
Though the proposal is subject to securing funding, it is hoped construction will start on this phase in 2014.
The redevelopment will triple the interpretative displays and result in a new café, kitchen and conference rooms, as well as improved access to the beach.
The enhancements are expected to increase the appeal of the centre, which remains the premier wild dolphin experience in Australia.
Artist impressions show what the centre is expected to look like once the second stage of its planned redevelopment has been completed.
Film festival fun
With our help, CinéfestOZ organisers will roll their red carpet all the way to Bunbury this year.
We have allocated $20,000 towards the expansion of the festival, which will showcase Australian and French films over five days in August.
The annual event will this year include the West Australian premiere of Australian thriller Mystery Road (pictured) in Bunbury on August 22.
The expanded festival line-up also includes free community screenings of short films and documentaries in Busselton, Bunbury, Margaret River and Augusta.
A full program of events will be launched this Friday, August 2. For details, visit www.cinefestoz.com .
Mystery Road will be premiered in Western Australia with a red carpet event at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on August 22.
Interested in science?
Then you won't want to miss the South West Super Science Spectacular!
The annual event returns to Ocean Forest Lutheran College in Dalyellup on August 17.
From 10am to 4pm, people will be able to enjoy experiments, rides and competitions - as well as see special guests Dr Karl (pictured) and Ruben the Surfing Scientist.
The South West Development Commission-sponsored event is being held as part of National Science Week, which runs from August 10 to 18.
Dr Karl will be a special guest at this year’s South West Super Science Spectacular.
Nannup blooms for garden show
Flower power is once again set to draw people to Nannup.
From August 15 to 18, the town will be in bloom for the annual Nannup Flower and Garden Show.
Attendees will be able to enter a hall filled with hundreds of tulips and hyacinths, wander through country gardens, take in quilt and craft displays - and when done with all that, relax with a Devonshire tea.
For more information about this South West Development Commission-funded event, which this year has the theme "Fire and Water", visit www.nannupgardens.org.au .
Tulips will be a highlight of the upcoming four-day Nannup Flower and Garden Show.
The South West Development Commission has a new face in the Bunbury-Wellington region.
Marcus Turner recently joined the Commission as a regional development coordinator and is working in the Collie, Bunbury, Harvey and Donnybrook areas.
He is looking forward to contributing to the sustainable development of the region through his role at SWDC.
"I believe working for the Commission will provide an exciting opportunity to see regional development in action - from community projects through to major infrastructure and industry projects," he said.
Marcus is pictured here in Collie with SWDC board member Louis Evans.
South West Development Commission board member Louis Evans shows new SWDC Bunbury-Wellington Coordinator Marcus Turner Jack Mears Spring in Collie.
US to catch the Drift
Drift - and the spectacular region it was filmed in - will soon be seen on the big screen in the United States.
The film is gearing up to make its theatrical debut in the US this week on August 2.
And though it will be the first time the motion picture will be screened in cinemas in the US, it won't be the first time that Americans have had the chance to see Drift.
They have also had the opportunity to download the movie on iTunes and watch it on pay-per-view ahead of its theatrical release.
Sam Worthington stars in Drift, alongside Myles Pollard and Xavier Samuel.
Region given thumbs up
We know the South West region is a great place to holiday - and we're chuffed that Lonely Planet agrees.
The largest travel publisher in the world has plenty of positive things to say about the region in the new edition of its Perth and West Coast Australia guide book.
For example, Bridgetown is "lovely", Busselton is a "family-friendly town" and in Yallingup "you're permitted to let a 'wow' escape when the surf-battered coastline first comes into view."
The South West has many attractions and activities to interest tourists.
Visitor numbers increase
Things are looking up for the South West's tourism industry.
Not only has Lonely Planet given the region the tick of approval in its newest guide book on Western Australia, but the latest statistics show positive signs for the region's tourism industry.
In 2012 there were 1,545,700 overnight visitors to the South West region, an increase of 9.4 per cent from the previous year.
For more interesting stats and facts about the region, contact SWDC research officer Matthew Monisse by phoning 9792 2000 or emailing email@example.com .
Melly Rasyid from Indonesia enjoys what the South West has to offer.
Tourism potential in focus
We have released a report which identifies opportunities for
strengthening the region's tourism sector.
Called Tourism Futures South West, the document highlights a number of ways the region can build on its tourism potential through investment and infrastructure development.
The report will guide the Commission's efforts to attract more visitors to the South West, entice tourists to stay longer in the region and encourage people to spend more during their stay.
Highlighted in the report are of a number of projects considered key to developing the tourism potential of the region.
The South West Development Commission will use the Tourism Futures South West report as a tool to build on the tourism potential of the region.
Living her netball dream
It's always inspiring when people follow their dreams and attain success.
So we thought we'd share with you the achievements of an up-and-coming netballer who hails from the South West.
Since graduating from the South West Academy of Sport and moving to Perth, Ingrid Colyer has made the leap to national-level netball.
The former Karridale resident received her big break in April when she was listed to play for West Coast Fever after an injury forced out one of the team's regular players.
She then went on to travel to New Zealand with the Perth-based side for games against Central Pulse and Canterbury Tactix.
She was recently named in the Western Sting squad which is playing in the current Australian Netball League season.
South West Academy of Sport graduate Ingrid Colyer has played for West Coast Fever and is in this year's Western Sting squad. Picture: Daniel Carson