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e-Newsletter May 2013

Drift across the region 

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Pick up a copy of the 'Drift across the South West' brochure and use it to help you find locations used in the filming of Drift.

Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel and Sam Worthington are the names up in lights when it comes to Drift.

But we've come up with a brochure which shines the spotlight on the other stars of the movie - Nannup, Augusta, Margaret River, Gracetown, Yallingup and Bunker Bay.

The guide contains a map which highlights some of the places in the South West which were used in the filming of the motion picture.

The popular 'Drift across the South West' brochure is available from visitor centres in Nannup, Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River, as well as the Be Tempted store in Perth and selected cinemas.

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$50,000 to rehabilitate coast 

The rehabilitation of coastal areas damaged by bushfires in one of Western Australia's most popular tourist destinations will be aided with an SWDC grant.

We have made $50,000 available to assist the Cape to Cape Catchments Group with rehabilitating Margaret River land affected by fire in 2011.

The group has already carried out a number of valuable activities, and we are delighted this funding will enable them to continue their good work.

The grant will enable volunteers to conduct further weed control, revegetation, brushing and seed collection, as well as to carry out access control and monitoring in fire-affected areas.

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Coastal land in Margaret River damaged by fire will be rehabilitated with the aid of a grant from the South West Development Commission.

Coastal land in Margaret River damaged by fire will be rehabilitated with the aid of a grant from the South West Development Commission.

Boat harbour takes shape 

Up close, you can't always tell how much work has been done on a project.

It's only when you take a few steps back - or in this case, get off the ground - that you can see the bigger picture of what has been achieved.

This aerial photograph clearly shows the Royalties for Regions-funded Augusta Boat Harbour taking shape, with the footprint of the two breakwaters now visible.

Both the 150m northern breakwater and 600m southern breakwater have been completed to a minimal level.

Work will now be carried out on raising the height of the larger southern breakwater to provide protection from prevailing south easterly winds and waves during storms.

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Progress is being made on the Augusta Boat Harbour. So far, about 330,000 tonne of granite rock has been quarried on site to create the breakwaters and reclamation area.

Progress is being made on the Augusta Boat Harbour. So far, about 330,000 tonne of granite rock has been quarried on site to create the breakwaters and reclamation area.

Noongar heritage park opens 

It may have taken just months to construct a Noongar heritage park in Bunbury, but in many ways, it was thousands of years in the making.

Wardandi Memorial Park, which officially opened on April 24, is the final resting place for Aboriginal ancestors.

Aboriginal remains - some thousands of years old - have been reburied in a special section of the park, their graves marked by spears and digging sticks.

Though a place of mourning, the site is also somewhere for people to learn about and reflect on Noongar culture.

We are proud to have helped make this project possible by providing an allocation of our Royalties for Regions funding towards construction of the park.

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David Smith, Myles Bovell, Troy Bennell and Stuart Hicks at the official opening of the Wardandi Memorial Park, located near Bunbury’s Back Beach.

David Smith, Myles Bovell, Troy Bennell and Stuart Hicks at the official opening of the Wardandi Memorial Park, located near Bunbury’s Back Beach.

Cycling trail extended 

A special event was recently held to celebrate the official opening of the world's longest, most continuous off-road cycling track - the Munda Biddi Trail.

The Festival of Cycling was held in Mundaring last month to mark the official opening of the extended trail and welcome the 26 riders who had completed the first end-to-end ride of the unique cycling track.

The riders arrived in Mundaring on April 28, three weeks after starting their journey from Albany.

The enhancements to the trail, which began in 2009, were completed with the aid of $1.5million in Royalties for Regions funding from the South West Development Commission.

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Munda Biddi Epic 1000 ride leader and Munda Biddi Trail Foundation chairman Ron Colman leads the riders over the line at the end of the Epic.

Munda Biddi Epic 1000 ride leader and Munda Biddi Trail Foundation chairman Ron Colman leads the riders over the line at the end of the Epic.

Your chance to win 

We're excited - and you will be too once you've heard our news!

We have a Drift poster signed by the stars of the feature film to give away.

To be in the running to win this piece of movie memorabilia autographed by Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel and Sam Worthington, you must first visit our Facebook page.

You then must follow the instructions for entering and complete the official competition entry form.

The competition is open until May 24.

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The South West Development Commission is giving people the chance to win a Drift poster signed by Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel and Sam Worthington.

The South West Development Commission is giving people the chance to win a Drift poster signed by Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel and Sam Worthington.

Oval to meet future rec needs 

Having provided a share of our Royalties for Regions funding towards improving Eaton Oval, we are pleased to report that the playing field is expected to be ready for action by next football season.

As part of the Shire of Dardanup's efforts to upgrade the oval to a standard that will enable the facility to be used by a number of community sporting groups, a series of works have recently been carried out.

These works include improvements to the ground's bore, drainage and irrigation systems, and the installation of a modern, water-wise turf.

The oval is currently fenced off to allow time for the turf to take shape.

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Luke Botica and Troy Williamson from the Shire of Dardanup update Gayle Gray from the South West Development Commission on the improvements made to Eaton Oval.

Luke Botica and Troy Williamson from the Shire of Dardanup update Gayle Gray from the South West Development Commission on the improvements made to Eaton Oval.

Creative industries in the spotlight 

The South West region is home to a small but growing group of creative professionals whose work is making a big impression on the world stage.

But the potential of this emerging industry sector has not been fully explored in the South West - until now, that is.

We have commissioned a study which will examine the contribution of the creative industries to the region, highlight its potential and identify new opportunities for the sector.

Strategies and actions for supporting the further development of the creative industries sector are expected to be included in the report.

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The potential of the South West’s creative industries sector is under the spotlight.

The potential of the South West’s creative industries sector is under the spotlight.

New face at the Commission 

We have somebody we would like to introduce you to - Patrick Warrand.

The former general manager of Premier Coal has joined our team in the newly-created role of strategic manager - infrastructure.

A mining engineer with almost 30 years experience in the industry, Mr Warrand has worked extensively in Western Australia as well as Canada, Indonesia, South Africa and South America.

His work at the Commission will mean he will play a key role in the development of infrastructure for our fast-growing region.

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Patrick Warrand has joined the South West Development Commission in the newly-created role of strategic manager – infrastructure.

Patrick Warrand has joined the South West Development Commission in the newly-created role of strategic manager – infrastructure.

Passport to the past 

Want to know how the South West was shaped by the hands of early settlers and workers?

Follow the Working Life Heritage Trail and find out.

A partnership between individual site operators and the Commission, the trail provides a link between heritage-themed attractions in the South West.

Followers of the trail enjoy a fascinating journey through an era of steam engines, working lighthouses and pioneers.

For more information about the trail, visit www.workinglife.com.au .

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John Clifton, pictured with Ian Wilson and Alan Cross, recently opened the gates of his historic Alverstoke farm to members of the Working Life Heritage Trail.

John Clifton, pictured with Ian Wilson and Alan Cross, recently opened the gates of his historic Alverstoke farm to members of the Working Life Heritage Trail.

Andy Griffiths to attend festival 

Like reading? And writing? Then it's a sure bet you'll enjoy an event happening in Margaret River this week.

The Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival will give fans of the written word plenty of reasons to get their noses out of the books they are reading.

One of these reasons is Andy Griffiths. The popular children's writer will be a guest speaker at the festival.

Joining him will be writers like Almost French author Sarah Turnbull and poet Mark Tredinnick.

For more information about this South West Development Commission-supported event, visit www.artsmargaretriver.com .

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Popular children’s book author Andy Griffiths will headline the Margaret River Readers Writers Festival.

Popular children’s book author Andy Griffiths will headline the Margaret River Readers Writers Festival.

All that jazz 

The South West events calendar is set to get a welcome shot of jazz.

The Jazz by the Bay festival, which will held at venues in the Cape Naturaliste region for the first time from May 31 to June 2, will open with a performance by the Russell Holmes Trio.

A highlight of the weekend is set to be Jazz on the Green, featuring free community performances in the centre of Dunsborough.

Other artists who will perform at the festival include Libby Hammer (pictured), Elle Deslandes and the Powerhouse Jazz Band.

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Libby Hammer will perform at the new the Jazz by the Bay festival, which kicks off on May 31.

Libby Hammer will perform at the new the Jazz by the Bay festival, which kicks off on May 31.

Sports scholarships 

Do you know a young South West athlete excelling on the sports field?

Someone like up-and-coming boxer and current SWAS athlete Nathaniel May (pictured)?

If so, why not let them know they have a chance of getting into the South West Academy of Sport.

Applications are now being accepted for the academy's individual athlete program.

Criteria and application forms can be found here - www.swaswa.com.au .

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Nathaniel May, who has represented Australia at an AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships, has benefited from being part of the South West Academy of Sport.

Nathaniel May, who has represented Australia at an AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships, has benefited from being part of the South West Academy of Sport.

Popular pic 

That Mother Nature sure knows how to put on a show.

And thanks to the efforts of one our board members, we are all able to enjoy one of her recent productions.

While on Molloy Island, Brian Piesse put the built-in camera on his phone to work, capturing a number of striking photos of the extra colourful sky.

Thanks for sharing, Brian.

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New independent living units 

Bridgetown residents will enjoy greater accommodation choices as they become older, thanks to new units being built at Geegeelup Village.

Construction of the new development at the aged care facility is underway, with building of six of the 15 planned units in progress.

The independent living units have already proven popular with over 55s, with leases on four of the two-bedroom units already signed.

We are proud to have provided Royalties for Regions funding toward this development at Geegeelup Village.

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Geegeelup Village’s Steve Webb shows Billy Wellstead from the South West Development Commission plans for the new units.

Geegeelup Village’s Steve Webb shows Billy Wellstead from the South West Development Commission plans for the new units.