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e-Newsletter July 2016

It's official: New funding rounds to open next week 

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Throughout the region, organisations have been celebrating the fact they've secured Royalties for Regions funding. From men's sheds to rescue services, groups have been given the money they need to carry out projects that benefit our communities.

And now, there is even more reason to cheer. We're pleased to let you know that from Monday we will again start accepting applications for financial assistance through both the Community Chest Fund and Regional Grants Scheme.

This means groups in the South West can apply for grants to help get their initiatives off the ground.

Keep an eye on our website for details about how to apply, and feel free to contact us directly - we're happy to help.

Pictured: Regional Development Minister Terry Redman with attendees of a morning tea held in Donnybrook last week to acknowledge grants recipients.

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Funding windfall  

In fantastic news for the region, a share in $1.54million has been announced for 12 groups in the South West.

The funding through the Royalties for Regions Regional Grants Scheme will allow local organisations to improve and develop infrastructure and services in the region.

We are pleased that our decisions about funding are set to make a positive difference to the work of organisations in the South West and look forward to seeing the projects completed.

Pictured: Todd Haffner, Ian Telfer, Carmen Gregg and Denise Duncan with Bunbury MLA John Castrilli.

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Employer assistance 

Did you know there is free assistance available to local businesses when it comes to recruiting, training and retraining staff?

Find out exactly what services employers can access at no charge by attending a free information breakfast in Bunbury next week.

The event will be held at Bunbury's Chamber House on Thursday August 4. Register by clicking here.

Pictured: Patrick Warrand, Kerry Nathanielsz, Jodie Schroder, Pete Palmer and Ray Philp who are involved with organising the event.

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Selling to Singapore  

We're excited to let you know that we've teamed up with the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association to organise a high-profile promotion of the Margaret River region in Singapore.

In October, the First Class In A Glass campaign will be launched in the South East Asian city-state as part of efforts to promote local wine, increase trade and attract more Singapore residents to the Margaret River region and wider South West.

Using the allure of the premium quality food and wine that the region offers, the campaign will feature an exciting social media competition.

It's all part of our efforts to build the region's economy - and we want local wineries involved.

Click here to register your interest in taking part.

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Back on the big screen  

It's no secret that we think the South West is a star. After all, we backed its big screen debut by supporting the filming of Drift in the Nannup and Margaret River regions.

Now we're counting down the days to when the South West is once again on cinema screens - this time in the film adaptation of the Craig Silvey novel Jasper Jones.

The much-anticipated movie will be screened for the first time at next month's CinefestOZ film festival in Busselton.

Having supported the filming of the movie in the Southern Forests, we are thrilled it will premiere here in the South West with the chance of winning Australia's richest film prize.

Click here to book your tickets to the premiere, or the "In Conversation" event.

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Communities for all  

Here at the South West Development Commission, one of our aims is to create an age-friendly region.

In support of this goal, we are involved in efforts to increase the stock of affordable housing options for seniors in the South West.

By doing so, more people in the region's smaller towns can continue living in the places they call home - close to their support networks - as they become older.

Pictured: Pemberton Aged Accommodation president Gordon Smith at the site where new units will be built in Pemberton. The project is supported by the South West Development Commission and Royalties for Regions.

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Supporting seniors  

Being able to live in your home as you become older is important. After all, there is no place like home.

Which is why we were pleased to provide a Community Chest Fund grant to the Greenbushes Community Resource Centre for Supporting our Seniors.

This fantastic initiative will enable the coordination and delivery of low-fee handyman and gardening services that will allow locals to remain independent and in their own homes longer. The service will also match clients with volunteers who have relevant skills.

Pictured: Regional Development Minister Terry Redman with Greenbushes Community Resource Centre chair Nicola Banks and coordinator Angela Cornish.

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Ferguson route on track  

We recently had the opportunity to take a first-hand look at how the Ferguson Valley Tourism Route is coming along.

With the aid of $1.7million from the Royalties for Regions Growing Our South fund, a 3.73 kilometre gravel section of Pile-Mungalup Road is in the process of being upgraded and sealed.

As you can see, the project is coming along nicely, with the first road sealing already complete. Line-marking has also been carried out, as has the installation of safety barriers.

Pictured: Gayle Gray from the South West Development Commission, Kris Bezemer from the Department of Parks and Wildlife, and Damien Morgan from the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup.

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Shining a light on tourism’s future 

The Cape's lighthouses are popular tourist attractions, luring about 150,000 visitors a year. And soon, they will be even more of a drawcard.

Thanks to $1.5million in State Government Royalties for Regions funding, the Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste lighthouse precincts will be enhanced.

On the cards are new attractions such as a café, playground and lookout.

We are pleased to have worked with the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association to secure funding for these important tourist attractions.

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Strengthening our communities 

One of the many terrific aspects of the Royalties for Regions program is its ability help us strengthen communities from the ground up.

Through the Community Chest Fund, we have been able to make funding allocations to grassroots initiatives that will make a real difference to local people and places.

A total of 28 projects in the South West have received a share in $553,706 through the program, including volunteer-led services such as bushfire brigades and surf clubs.

Pictured: Kim Hastie and Frank Blocksidge from the Augusta Men's Shed with Regional Development Minister Terry Redman.

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Get involved with branding Greater Bunbury 

Work is underway to develop a strategy to drive Greater Bunbury forward.

Through the Regional Centres Development Plan, a process is underway to look at the future of the region, how we can create jobs and how we can ensure the economy continues to prosper.

The project has reached an important stage - and your input is needed. Attend the next Motivated Contributors meeting to help shape new branding for Greater Bunbury.

The meeting will take place from 5pm on Monday August 8 at Maker and Co in Bunbury.

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