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e-Newsletter March 2015

Promoting the region 

promoting the region
Jessie Qian, Willa Yang and Ben Moroney with SWDC's Simon Taylor.

The South West has a lot to offer the rest of the world. And to help get the word out about its qualities, we often showcase the region to visiting dignitaries.

For example, this month we teamed up with Wine Australia to tempt the tastebuds of an influential group from China.

Over three days, the group of trade and media representatives, as well as educators, sampled the delights of the Margaret River wine region and met winemakers in person.

We hope the visitors were impressed with what they've seen in the South West and spread the word about the region on their return home.

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Nurturing tomorrow’s leaders 

We are proud to have played a role in helping to nurture young people who may one day become leaders in our community.

At this year's South West Young Achievers Program, one of our staff members was on hand to mentor participants.

The Commission's Alan Cross offered his support to participants throughout the three-day residential program, which took place in Bunbury earlier this month.

Pictured: Alan Cross with 2015 program participant Matthew Fenwick and past participant Tom Scott.

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Alan Cross with 2015 program participant Matthew Fenwick and past participant Tom Scott.

Alan Cross with 2015 program participant Matthew Fenwick and past participant Tom Scott.

South West in focus  

Want to know what's in store for the South West over the coming decades and where the opportunities lie for local people and investors?

Come along to the South West Focus Conference on July 1 and 2 and find out.

The event will be held at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, feature high-profile speakers and tie in with the South West Regional Blueprint.

Pictured: SWDC industry and business strategic manager Patrick Warrand and Regional Development Australia - South West executive officer Charles Jenkinson.

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SWDC industry and business strategic manager Patrick Warrand and Regional Development Australia – South West executive officer Charles Jenkinson.

SWDC industry and business strategic manager Patrick Warrand and Regional Development Australia – South West executive officer Charles Jenkinson.

Have your say 

We value your opinion. Which is why we want to know how you would like Bunbury's Casuarina boat harbour to be used in the future.

You can share your thoughts by completing a survey put together by the Bunbury Marine Facilities Steering Committee.

People have until this Thursday April 2 to complete the questionnaire.

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Supporting the creative sector 

This year's Emergence Creative Festival may be over, but no doubt it is still in the minds of all those who came along.

As well as the opportunity to hear from creative heavyweights such as Lee Hunter from Google and Kylie Robertson from Penguin Books, there was also the chance to participate in workshops and network.

A highlight was Dallas Royal debuting its new music video, which came about after the local band met Turner International's Glenn Bartlett at last year's Emergence.

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Boost for infrastructure projects 

We are currently progressing funding agreements for projects which will receive a share in $9.1million through the State Government's Growing Our South program.

Through the Royalties for Regions-backed initiative, the funding will support the construction of aged independent living units in Pemberton, Northcliffe, Dardanup and Boyanup.

It will also support upgrades to the Ferguson Valley tourist route, a long-awaited project that will provide a boost for tourism in the Ferguson Valley and through to Collie.

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Heritage highlighted 

The Working Life Heritage Trail helps to tell the story of how the South West was shaped though the efforts of its early workers.

And from next month, people following the trail will be able to officially enjoy the Margaret River Old Settlement.

The site will open in time to hold the Anzac-centenary commemorative exhibition Remembering Them which will be launched at 2.30pm on Saturday April 25.

Pictured: Jan Matthews at the Margaret River Old Settlement.

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Jan Matthews at the Margaret River Old Settlement.

Jan Matthews at the Margaret River Old Settlement.

Relay for a reason 

With Sunday June 7 not too far away, people are encouraged to start warming up for the SWAS-Telstra Fun Run Relay.

The inaugural event will see teams of four as well as individuals race around Bunbury's Leschenault Inlet.

The fundraiser will benefit the South West Academy of Sport, which runs talent development programs for teenagers in the region.

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Supporting the dairy industry 

Part of our business is supporting local business.

To this end, we have been involved in boosting the business skills of local dairies.

Full-day workshops for local dairy representatives were recently held in Bunbury, Busselton and Denmark.

The overall aim of the workshops was to help dairies reduce the cost of production to maximise profits.

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Bubs and grubs 

We are pleased to support the recently-formed Bubs and Grubs Club which meets every Friday between 12.15pm and 2.15pm at the Withers Waterwise Kitchen Garden.

The group is run by the Child and Parent Centre in partnership with Investing in Our Youth.

Pictured: Hudson Andrew helping to make the garden grow.

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Hudson Andrew helping to make the garden grow.

Hudson Andrew helping to make the garden grow.

Captured on camera 

We recently encouraged people to enter photos in our This South West Life photography competition - and many of you did.

The result is a collection of striking photos that depict what it's like to live, work and play in the region.

We look forward to sharing the winning images with you in April.

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