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e-Newsletter June 2015

Getting growth opportunities off the ground 

busselton airport

After years of laying the ground work, we're excited that plans to expand the Busselton airport so that it can accommodate interstate air services are taking off.

On Saturday June 20, Premier Colin Barnett and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman visited Busselton to announce the $59.7million expansion.

The project is highlighted in the South West Regional Blueprint, a strategy for the growth and development of the region, which is being launched tomorrow.

The upgrade will enable interstate visitors to fly directly to the South West for holidays and events in the not too distant future, opening up tourism and business opportunities for the region.

Pictured: SWDC chairman Stuart Hicks, Premier Colin Barnett and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman at the announcement.

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Opening up Manjimup 

We are pleased to report that accessing the Manjimup town centre is easier than ever.

The Ipsen Street intersection between Mottram and Giblett streets was recently reopened to traffic, opening up the town to residents and visitors alike.

The SuperTowns project involved removing unused rail line from the area, and is now a popular route into and out of the central business district.

Pictured:
Shire of Manjimup president Wade DeCampo at the new intersection.

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High school movie 

We believe that not only is it important to equip young members of our region with the skills they need for future success, but that there's also room to grow the region's creative industries.

Which is why we're doubly pleased to be supporting a project giving teenagers the opportunity to work with some of the film industry's best and brightest to make their own movie.

The Murdoch University project received a grant from us through the Royalties for Regions-Regional Grants Scheme.

Pictured: Elisha Gray and Hamish Halket with Myles Pollard at Manea Senior College.

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Time to focus on the future 

We're looking forward to the South West Focus conference, an event which will shine a spotlight on the region's future.

Getting underway on Wednesday July 1 with the launch of the South West Regional Blueprint, the conference will look at what could be in store for the region in the years ahead.

Attendees will get the chance to gain ideas for future success.

Pictured: South West Focus committee members Charles Jenkinson, Cindy Wiese, Ray McMillan, Erin van Noort and Patrick Warrand.

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Plans cast for a new place to fish 

We are pleased funding through the Royalties for Regions - Regional Grants Scheme is supporting plans to construct a fishing and crabbing platform in Bunbury.

The modest facility will provide a safe and accessible area for families to cast a line or throw a net in the protected waters of Koombana Bay.

It will be located on the eastern side of the Jetty Road groyne that separates Casuarina Harbour and Koombana Bay.

Pictured: Alan Cross from SWDC and local man Kerry Trantham testing the waters where the platform is expected to be built.

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Community asset takes shape 

Throughout the region, a hive of activity is taking place as progress is made on a number of projects.

One of these is the Nannup Community and Recreation Centre, which is being renovated and upgraded to incorporate a commercial kitchen, function area, community space and office.

It is also being fitted out as an emergency welfare centre.

We are delighted to support this project through a Royalties for Regions − Regional Grants Scheme grant.

Pictured: Shire of Nannup president Tony Dean and local golf club secretary Tracey King.

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Supporting the creative sector 

We've been working to grow the creative sector in the South West as part of our wider efforts to generate jobs and develop the region's economy.

As such, we are once again supporting the CinéfestOZ film festival, which will be held this year from August 26 to 30.

The annual event promotes the region as a cultural and creative hotspot that's also a desirable tourist destination.

With our support, word about the event will reach further than ever, and Australian and Chinese filmmakers will have the opportunity to connect with the view to exploring potential future collaborations.

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Celebrating winter 

If winter is your favourite season, you'll want to be in Bridgetown this weekend.

On Saturday July 4, the Bridgetown in the Winter festival will officially open with a winter wonderland.

Enjoy free activities and falling snow as you wait for the main event: the switching on of the town's blue lights at 6pm.

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Better mobile coverage 

A total of $118.07million of State and Federal government funding will be used to fix mobile black spots in the region.

More than 20 locations in the South West will benefit from new or upgraded mobile base stations as a result of this funding commitment.

We are pleased to have played a role in making this happen.

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Building stronger communities 

It's important people feel connected to the communities they live in and are able to mix with like-minded souls.

Which is why we've supported the Manjimup Men's Shed through a Royalties for Regions - Community Chest Fund grant.

The funding enabled the group to buy equipment that has been used to manufacture items for use in the shed.

The group has also undertaken community projects within the Manjimup district, keeping local men active and engaged.

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Greening the neighhourhood 

As part of our commitment to creating vibrant, thriving places that people choose to call home, we've been involved with efforts to make Withers an even better place to live.

We have recently announced the allocation of funding to the City of Bunbury towards increasing the attractiveness of two parks in the Bunbury suburb.

Thanks to the grants, Des Ugle and Moriarty parks will be made greener and more appealing places for children to play and for families and the wider community to come together.

Pictured: Kristy Tillett, Ross Oldham and Phil Harris from the City of Bunbury with SWDC's Don Punch.

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Faster internet on the way 

We have applauded news that more homes and businesses in the region are on the way to receiving faster internet.

Bunbury was recently revealed as being a step closer to having access to the national broadband network, with NBN Co reporting the city has entered the pre-construction phase of the project.

Here at SWDC, we have for years pushed for the early rollout of faster internet in the region, with high-capacity broadband highlighted as an economic driver in the South West Regional Blueprint.

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