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e-Newsletter May 2015

The changing face of Collie 

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It's a special time in Collie's development - and we're proud to be part of it through the State Government's SuperTowns program.

Before our eyes, the town is undergoing changes that aim to make it an even better place to live, visit and invest.

Already, a new art gallery has opened its doors, underground power has been installed in the main streets (pictured), and a new skate park has proven to be a hit.

Underway are street works, a new child care centre and planning for a central park featuring a water playground.

Shire president Wayne Sanford (pictured) predicts that by the end of the year, the town will be transformed.

Read our full story.

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Paving the way for a tourism boost 

The South West is home to stunning places that make for attractive tourist destinations.

And as part of efforts to make the journey to some of these places as smooth as possible, we are involved in the Ferguson Valley tourist route project.

A total of $1.7million from the Royalties for Regions - Growing Our South initiative will be used to upgrade and seal a 3.73km gravel section of Pile-Mungalup Road.

The road connects the Ferguson Valley and Wellington National Park, and once upgraded is expected to improve access, safety and travel time. It will also provide an alternative route between Bunbury and Collie.

Pictured: SWDC's Gayle Gray and Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup's Peter Caccioppola inspecting the route.

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SWDC’s Gayle Gray and Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup’s Peter Caccioppola inspecting the route.

Focus on the future 

We are excited to announce that the South West Regional Blueprint will officially be launched at the upcoming South West Focus conference.

To be held over July 1 and 2 at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, the conference will shine a light on the future of the region.

Attendees will hear from a variety of guest presenters, including Federal member for Pearce Christian Porter and finance and economics commentator Michael Pascoe, about what's on the horizon.

The Blueprint, which was jointly produced by SWDC and Regional Development Australia - South West, presents a strategy for growing the region until 2050.

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Support for music club 

Back in January, we allocated Royalties for Regions - Community Chest Fund grants to 32 organisations in the region.

We are pleased to report that a number of funding recipients have completed their projects.

The Nannup Music Club, for example, is now more open and accessible having had two windows installed.

Pictured: Rachel Goldsmith making use of one of the new windows.

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Rachel Goldsmith making use of one of the new windows.

Supporting our communities 

Football clubs play an important role in our communities, bringing people together.

It's for this reason we supported the HBL Football Club to upgrade its cool room through a Royalties for Regions - Community Chest Fund grant.

Now the club has the equipment it needs to operate effectively, meaning locals will be able to continue enjoying a chat over meal at the club, like they've been doing for years.

Pictured: Dylan Heasman and Allister Cant outside the club during a training session.

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Dylan Heasman and Allister Cant outside the club during a training session.

Making a difference 

We're big believers in the importance of age-friendly communities.

So you can imagine how delighted we are that one of our Royalties for Regions - Community Chest Fund grants has made a positive difference to a local seniors citizens centre.

Since upgrading its premises, the Harvey Senior Citizens Centre has reported an increase in volunteers and groups using its premises for activities.

Pictured: SWDC's Joan Wells, Harvey Senior Citizens Centre's Brian Kealley and SWDC's Amanda Taylor showing the old carpet which has been replaced with new flooring.

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SWDC’s Joan Wells, Harvey Senior Citizens Centre’s Brian Kealley and SWDC’s Amanda Taylor showing the old carpet which has been replaced with new flooring.

Collie’s cultural heart 

Collie's cultural heart is on display thanks to the newly-opened Collie Art Gallery.

Until June 7, people can visit the gallery and view the Pinjarra Massacre Memorial.

Next up will be an exhibition of works by Collie-based digital photographer and artist George Dorozenko.

Then art lovers from around WA are expected to visit Collie for their only chance to see Act Belong Commit Arthur Boyd: An Active Witness exhibited in the state between July 17 and August 30.

Pictured: Gallery chair Lisa Lindsay and gallery director Sarah Stanley.

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Gallery chair Lisa Lindsay and gallery director Sarah Stanley.

Creating vibrant communities 

We are delighted to learn that there has been an increase in the number of people volunteering at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre since its expansion.

A total of 25 new volunteers have signed up to help out since October, filling a variety of roles such as ushers, door keepers, bar staff, merchandise sellers and coffee bar staff.

It is the biggest increase in volunteers in many years for the centre, and we're proud State Government funding has contributed to creating a vibrant, thriving community asset.

Pictured: Monica Potter and Ritch Hammond at a morning tea BREC held in honour of its volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

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Monica Potter and Ritch Hammond at a morning tea BREC held in honour of its volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

Relay for a reason 

Here's a chance to have some fun while raising money for a good cause.

The SWAS-Telstra Fun Run Relay will be held around Bunbury's Leschenault Inlet on Sunday June 7.

People are invited to sign up a team of four or themselves for the race around Bunbury's Leschenault Inlet on Sunday June 7.

Funds raised will go towards supporting the South West Academy of Sport's programs in the region.

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Boost for Boyup Brook 

When it comes to growing towns, it's not only what's on the surface that matters.

The type of sewerage system available to communities is also important.

Which is why we have welcomed the State Government's $6.7million commitment to connect 242 residential lots in Boyup Brook to a Septic Tank Effluent Disposal scheme.

The project will pave the way for smaller lot development, unlocking growth opportunities for the town.

As a result, we are glad efforts by the Boyup Brook Shire, LandCorp and SWDC to lay the groundwork for the project through the funding of a pre-feasibility study have paid off.

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