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e-Newsletter July 2014

Supporting the region’s tourism industry 

lighthouse

The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse attracts more than 90,000 people each year - and with our support it will continue to lure visitors to the region for years to come.

Last week, we announced $140,000 towards the restoration of historic buildings within the lighthouse precinct.

The funding will enable the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association to bring the buildings up to contemporary standards.

Pictured: South West Development Commission chairman Stuart Hicks, Member for Warren-Blackwood Terry Redman and Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association chairman Ross Ashton.

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Investing in people 

Staff at the South West Academy of Sport had reason to cheer last week - and for once, it wasn't because of the achievements of its athletes.

Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron visited the Bunbury headquarters of SWAS on Wednesday July 2 to announce a new funding commitment from the State Government.

The not-for-profit organisation, which equips young people to succeed on and off the sports field, will receive $750,000 over three years through the Royalties for Regions-funded Regional Talent Development Network.

Pictured: Minister Terry Waldron with up-and-coming athletes Sam Galati, Courtney Webb, Aidan Clarke and Connor Lambert.

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Minister Terry Waldron with up-and-coming athletes Sam Galati, Courtney Webb, Aidan Clarke and Connor Lambert.

Minister Terry Waldron with up-and-coming athletes Sam Galati, Courtney Webb, Aidan Clarke and Connor Lambert.

Excellence in business 

Small businesses have a vital role to play in the region's economy, employing local people and supporting the communities in which they are based.

And it's with this in mind that we again sponsored the annual South West Small Business Awards.

We'd like to congratulate this year's award winners, including the recipient of the award we jointly sponsored with Australia's South West - the Tourism Award.

Koomal Dreaming claimed this honour, along with the Aboriginal Business Award.

Pictured: Adrian Gutteridge from Australia's South West, Koomal Dreaming owner Josh Whiteland and Don Punch from the South West Development Commission.

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Adrian Gutteridge from Australia’s South West, Koomal Dreaming owner Josh Whiteland and Don Punch from the South West Development Commission.

Adrian Gutteridge from Australia’s South West, Koomal Dreaming owner Josh Whiteland and Don Punch from the South West Development Commission.

Support for protecting our communities 

Having put Royalties for Regions funding towards the new Bridgetown Volunteer Bushfire Support Brigade headquarters, we are pleased that it is now up-and-running.

The building, which includes a dedicated incident control centre, will provide a base for volunteer training, response management and coordination.

We expect it will better support emergency services workers and volunteers to protect local communities.

Pictured is community emergency services manager Chris Sousa in the shed which forms part of the new facility.

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Community emergency services manager Chris Sousa in the shed which forms part of the new facility.

Community emergency services manager Chris Sousa in the shed which forms part of the new facility.

Reminder of when ‘surf’ came to Nannup 

There's a good chance you've watched the movie, but have you visited the places where Drift was filmed?

Fans of the South West-shot motion picture are now able to find fun photo opportunities with ease, thanks to a new interpretive panel recently installed on Nannup's main street.

A partnership between the Shire of Nannup and the Commission, the surfboard-shaped sign provides insight into which local buildings appear in the film.

Pictured: Locals Coral Hillier and Jeanne Llewellyn with Shire of Nannup chief executive officer Robert Jennings.

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Locals Coral Hillier and Jeanne Llewellyn with Shire of Nannup chief executive officer Robert Jennings.

Locals Coral Hillier and Jeanne Llewellyn with Shire of Nannup chief executive officer Robert Jennings.

Designing healthy and active communities 

The way in which communities are designed can have a positive or negative impact on our health.

So it makes sense that cities and towns are planned in a way that encourages healthy and active lifestyles as much as possible.

With this in mind, we were pleased to have recently teamed up with the Heart Foundation to launch the Healthy Active By Design online tool.

By visiting the strategy's website, people can access information, checklists and case studies.

Pictured: Alan Cross, Jo Appleby and Robina Crook at the launch of Healthy Active by Design in Busselton.

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Alan Cross, Jo Appleby and Robina Crook at the launch of Healthy Active by Design in Busselton.

Alan Cross, Jo Appleby and Robina Crook at the launch of Healthy Active by Design in Busselton.

South West focus for decision-makers 

A group which provides independent advice and recommendations on the allocation and management of Royalties for Regions funding was in the South West last month.

Members of the Western Australia Regional Development Trust visited places of interest in Bunbury and Collie before holding its board meeting at the South West Development Commission.

During the two-day stay in the South West, members of the advisory body visited the coronary care unit in Bunbury, Bunbury Port Authority, City of Bunbury and Shire of Collie.

Pictured: SWDC chairman Stuart Hicks with members of the Trust and staff from St John of God Bunbury Hospital.

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SWDC chairman Stuart Hicks with member of the Trust and staff from St John of God Bunbury Hospital.

SWDC chairman Stuart Hicks with member of the Trust and staff from St John of God Bunbury Hospital.

South West in focus 

As the region's population grows, what is required to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future?

Find out by attending the launch of CEDA's State of the Regions series in Bunbury next month.

Guest speakers will include Regional Development Minister Terry Redman (pictured) and a number of other leaders including SWDC chief executive officer Don Punch.

The event will be held at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on August 7. For more information or to register, visit the CEDA website.

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Regional Development Minister Terry Redman.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman.

Makeover as trail celebrates 15 years 

Every journey has to begin somewhere. And the Working Life Heritage Trail's display room will help get people's trips to local historical sites off to an even better start now that it has had a makeover.

Officially opened last month by South West MLC Colin Holt, the display room gives people a taste of the 23 attractions that form part of the Working Life trail.

Offering a window into the South West region's past, the heritage-themed trail links sites which help to tell the story of how the region was shaped by its workers and early settlers.

Pictured: Ian Wilson from the South West Working Life Association and Alan Cross from the South West Development Commission.

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Ian Wilson from the South West Working Life Association and Alan Cross from the South West Development Commission.

Ian Wilson from the South West Working Life Association and Alan Cross from the South West Development Commission.

Event marketing seminar 

Events benefit the region in many ways. And for this reason we're delighted to be supporting an upcoming event marketing and sponsorship seminar being put together by Smart Events and Volunteer South West.

The seminar will give attendees a chance to hear from a number of speakers including Shani Wood (pictured) who has built a career in managing large events over the past 17 years including the international Red Bull Air Race.

For more information about the seminar being held in Bunbury on Wednesday July 30, phone 9791 3214 or email smartevents@bigpond.com by Thursday July 24.

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Shani Wood.

Shani Wood.

Start warming the popcorn 

As part of our efforts to increase visitation to the region and promote the South West as a centre for creativity, we have once again come on board as a sponsor of CinéfestOZ.

Our grant of $20,000 will help organisers to get the word out about the high-profile film festival.

This year's event, to be held from August 20 to 24, promises to be bigger and better. There are more than 200 screenings planned, plus the inaugural $100,000 CinéfestOZ Film Prize will be awarded to an Australian film entered for selection.

Pictured: The audience at one of the events at last year's festival.

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The audience at one of events at last year’s festival.

The audience at one of events at last year’s festival.

Cycle-friendly link complete 

Good news for people who make the commute between Dalyellup and Bunbury!

Cyclists can safely travel along Parade Road now that work has finished on a path linking the two areas together.

The project is part of the Greater Bunbury Regional Bicycle Master Plan which aims to link the city to neighbouring communities through the use of cycle paths.

The plan is an initiative of the Commission and has been endorsed by the City of Bunbury and the Capel, Dardanup and Harvey shires.

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