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e-Newsletter June 2014

Creating a film-friendly region  

film friendly

As we saw first-hand with Drift, having movies made in the South West produces a number of benefits, including jobs for local people, as well as national and international exposure.

As a result, we're working to create a more film-friendly region as part of our wider efforts to strengthen the local creative industries.

At the moment, we're in the process of working with stakeholders to develop a website that not only promotes the South West as a great filming location, but also helps to streamline processes for filmmakers.

Pictured: Malinda Nixon and David Barton from CinéfestOZ showing the South West Development Commission's Don Punch the latest film festival news.

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Growing agriculture 

We know growing populations means more demand for food, so how can we position ourselves to take advantage of this growing demand?

We've teamed up with Regional Development Australia - South West and the Department of Agriculture and Food to answer that question.

With the support of consultancy firm Deloitte, we're working on creating an action plan for the South West that concentrates on developing markets and value-adding.

The plan will be developed in consultation with industry and help us to establish targets for the growth of the sector.

For more information, contact SWDC business and industry development officer Simon Taylor.

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Art gallery for SuperTown 

Collie has long been known for its coal, but now the town's cultural heart is also emerging with help from the State Government's SuperTowns program.

A new art gallery is underway in Collie as part of efforts to revitalise the town's central business district.

It forms an important step in Collie's continued development as a vibrant, growing and sustainable community where people want to live, visit and invest.

The art gallery has been funded through the Royalties for Region's SuperTowns program, along with a grant from the Collie and Districts Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank.

Pictured: An artist's impression of what the gallery is expected to look like once complete.

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An artist’s impression of what the gallery is expected to look like once complete.

Thinking about communities 

Our latest Critical Horizons event made history when it became the first conference to be held in the new theatre at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.

More than 230 people attended the event on Thursday May 15 to hear high-profile experts like Bernard Salt (pictured) speak about the forces shaping our communities.

Events like the communities of the 21st century-themed conference are important because they give attendees the chance to step back and think about what's local communities might face in the future.

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make the event a success.

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Bernard Salt speaks about the forces shaping our communities.

Marina plans sail ahead 

If you want to see Bunbury's marine facilities improved, you will be pleased to learn that plans to do so are moving forward.

We have announced the appointment of a consultant for the purpose of scoping out what studies need to be required to progress improvements at Casuarina Harbour and Koombana Bay.

The consultant will lay the foundations for the required environmental and engineering studies to be undertaken.

When all studies are complete, we will have a better idea of any impact - if any - the proposed new structures, including a 250-pen marina, might have.

View the concept plan for improving Bunbury's marine facilities.

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Sister cities in spotlight 

Good relationships are often touted as the keys to business success. And there is no doubt that sister cities can provide solid platforms for economic cooperation.

After all, we've seen the benefits ourselves through friendships between places in our region and cities in China.

And with this in mind, we are pleased to announce that we are sponsoring this year's Sister Cities Australia Conference, which will be hosted by the City of Bunbury in November.

The event will take place at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre and focus on three themes - cultural sister city, commercial sister city and start-up sister city.

Pictured: South West Development Commission chief executive officer Don Punch in Jiaxing, which has a relationship with Bunbury and the wider South West.

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South West Development Commission chief executive officer Don Punch in Jiaxing, which has a relationship with Bunbury and the wider South West.

What’s on in Withers 

Have you had a look at the Withers Community Calendar to see what's happening this month in the Bunbury suburb? It's well worth a look.

Among the highlights is the free South West Development Commission-organised workshop series that brings participants together with like-minded people to learn new skills.

Pictured is Deb Scott from the Leschenault Community Nursery who has been presenting some of the gardening workshops.

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Deb Scott from the Leschenault Community Nursery has been presenting some of the gardening workshops.

Food in focus 

The South West of Western Australia is a significant food-producing region - and now we have a short film to help us spread the word.

Presented by local chef Tony Howell and featuring a paddock-to-plate theme, the promo provides an overview of the South West's agriculture and food sectors.

The film is available with Mandarin subtitles and will be used when we brief delegations and potential investors about the region.

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Improving public safety 

As part of our efforts to make Withers a better place to live, we recently provided the City of Bunbury with $100,000 towards the establishment of a CCTV network in the Bunbury suburb.

With our support, wireless cameras will be installed in the neighbourhood as part of efforts to improve public safety and deter crime.

Footage from the cameras will be transmitted to the Withers Community Library (pictured) and then to the City of Bunbury and Bunbury Police.

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Footage from the cameras will be transmitted to the Withers Community Library (pictured) and then to the City of Bunbury and Bunbury Police.

Funding windfall for South West 

There was plenty of good news for the South West in the State Budget that was handed down last month.

The highlights included the $600million Growing Our South plan, which will give the four development commissions in the southern half of the state access to funding for regionally-significant projects.

In addition, each of Western Australia's nine development commissions will be able to run a Regional Grants Scheme and a Community Chest Grants Scheme, both of which have been designed to support initiatives that will benefit communities.

Pictured: South West Development Commission chairman Stuart Hicks and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman in Margaret River after a briefing about the State Budget



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South West Development Commission chairman Stuart Hicks and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman in Margaret River after a briefing about the State Budget.

Golfers set sights on region 

We are proud to be lending our support to a national sporting event that will take place in the South West later this year.

Come November, hundreds of golfers from around Australia are expected to be in the region to take part in this year's national veteran golf championships.

The event will see participants compete at the Bunbury, Busselton, Capel and Sanctuary golf clubs from November 9 to 14.

View the 2014 Regis Australian Veteran Golfers Union National Championships program brochure.

Pictured: Rob Miguel from the Sanctuary Golf Resort and 2014 Regis Australian Veteran Golfers Union National Championships tournament director Mike Elliott.

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Rob Miguel from the Sanctuary Golf Resort and 2014 Regis Australian Veteran Golfers Union National Championships tournament director Mike Elliott.

Hong Kong buyer eyes region 

As part of our efforts to find new markets for local producers, the South West Development Commission and Southern Forests Food Council will next week host a visit by an importer from Hong Kong.

The fresh food importer will visit the Southern Forests in search of new products to add to its portfolio.

Accompanying the visitors will be a representative from the Australian Government's Austrade Hong Kong office.

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Have your say 

The State Government is asking regional business owners and managers to share their views on doing business in regional Western Australia.

The Business in Regions 2014 survey is being conducted to create a better understanding of the characteristics of regional businesses.

Respondents will be asked to identify key issues in relation to their workforce and information technology requirements.

The survey is available online and will remain open until the end of this month.

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