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e-Newsletter October 2014

Setting the stage for an exciting calendar of events 

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Pictured: SWDC board member Ernie Kay and SWDC industry and business strategic manager Patrick Warrand celebrate the launch of the South West Community Events Program.

One of the many great things about the South West is that there always seems to be something to do and see - and we want to keep it that way.

We are inviting organisations staging events next year to apply for a share in the $100,000 we are offering through our South West Community Events Program.

The money has been made available to assist with the costs of putting on concerts, festivals, exhibitions and sporting contests.

It's our way of ensuring that local events, many of which are run by volunteers and community organisations, are able to continue putting on quality experiences which benefit the region. Applications close this Thursday October 9.

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Working together to sell the region 

Have you spotted the Genuinely Southern Forests logo when out shopping?

Businesses in the Southern Forests are taking up the opportunity to co-brand their produce with the Genuinely Southern Forests logo.

Created to identify produce from the Manjimup, Pemberton, Northcliffe and Walpole areas, the logo is part of efforts by the Southern Forests Food Council to promote the region and attract investment and trade opportunities.

SFFC is funded through the Royalties for Regions-funded SuperTowns program.

Pictured: SFFC produce coordinator John Kilrain with Newton Orchards of Manjimup Genuinely Southern Forests Pink Lady Apples.

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SFFC produce coordinator John Kilrain with Newton Orchards of Manjimup Genuinely Southern Forests Pink Lady Apples.

SFFC produce coordinator John Kilrain with Newton Orchards of Manjimup Genuinely Southern Forests Pink Lady Apples.

Creative centre 

Having helped get state-of-the-art infrastructure built at the Bunbury library that enabled digital and special effects company Vue Group to base itself in the city, we are thrilled to see this investment once again pay dividends.

Vue Group and Chinese animation giant Shanghai Hippo are working together to produce animated films that will be shown worldwide.

Their first collaborations - Perfect Friends and Kung Fu Style - are complete and there are exciting plans to expand the partnership which will further position Bunbury and the South West as a creative hub.

Pictured: Vue Group managing director Alan Lindsay and Shanghai Hippo founder and chief executive officer Kerr Xu in Bunbury.

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Vue Group managing director Alan Lindsay and Shanghai Hippo founder and chief executive officer Kerr Xu in Bunbury.

Vue Group managing director Alan Lindsay and Shanghai Hippo founder and chief executive officer Kerr Xu in Bunbury.

Bridge reopens 

Good things happen when people work together - just look at what happened when people teamed up to get the Koombana Bay footbridge reopened.

The crucial link between Bunbury's city centre and the popular beach was officially reopened last month, in time for the long weekend and school holidays.

The reopening follows efforts by a subgroup of the Bunbury Marine Facilities Steering Committee to ensure refurbishment works were carried out.

We congratulate all parties involved for joining forces to produce a positive outcome for locals and visitors alike.

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Heritage trail grows 

The Working Life Heritage Trail is longer than ever now that the ArtGeo Cultural Complex has joined the growing link of South West heritage sites.

The complex is one of three attractions in Busselton that are promoted as must-see sites to people interested in the history of the region.

A partnership between us and the South West Working Life Association, the trail comprises places which help to tell the story of how the region was shaped by its early settlers and workers.

Pictured: Fran Goodman and Diana McGirr from the ArtGeo Cultural Complex look forward to meeting people following the Working Life Heritage Trail.

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Fran Goodman and Diana McGirr from the ArtGeo Cultural Complex look forward to meeting people following the Working Life Heritage Trail.

Fran Goodman and Diana McGirr from the ArtGeo Cultural Complex look forward to meeting people following the Working Life Heritage Trail.

Going gangbusters 

The South West is a great place to live, so we're not surprised that people want to make the region their home.

Latest figures show a boom in the value of building approvals in the region - from $525million in 2012/13 to $834million in 2013/4.

We can expect the region to continue growing at a fast rate as more people opt to take advantage of the lifestyle options offered in the South West.

Take a look at our draft South West Regional Blueprint to learn how we envision the region will develop in the coming decades.

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Dolphin festival 

Bunbury's favourite animal will once again be celebrated at the upcoming Dolphin City Festival.

To be held over one jam-packed weekend in October, the annual event will this year mark the 25th anniversary of the Dolphin Discovery Centre and the start of the 'swim on the wild side' tours.

On Saturday October 18, people will receive free entry from 9am to 3pm to enjoy the fun and children's activities at DDC.

Then on Sunday October 19, come back to the centre between 8am and 1pm for beach yoga, breakfast on the beach and the inaugural dolphin markets.

Pictured: Louie the dolphin and Dolphin Discovery Centre general manager David Kerr.

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Louie the dolphin and Dolphin Discovery Centre general manager David Kerr.

Louie the dolphin and Dolphin Discovery Centre general manager David Kerr.

Something super emerging 

At SWDC, we work to make the South West an event better place to live, work and invest.

Which is why we're so pleased to be facilitating the Royalties for Regions-funded SuperTowns program in the region.

As a result of the program, exciting transformations are taking place in the three SuperTowns of Collie, Manjimup and Margaret River.

Case in point: The under-construction Collie Art Gallery which will provide a new cultural heart in Collie when completed.

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The under-construction Collie Art Gallery which will provide a new cultural heart in Collie when completed.

The under-construction Collie Art Gallery which will provide a new cultural heart in Collie when completed.

Local flavour to festival 

If you enjoy food, and have an interest in knowing where your food comes from, you'll want to be in Nannup on Saturday October 18.

That's the day this year's South West Food Bowl Festival will be held.

Come along and savour the flavours of the region, visit farms, and pick up tips from experts.

There will even be the opportunity to learn how to make your own pizza, cheese and bread.

Pictured: From Paddock to Plate's Louise FitzRoy who will present during a festival lunch.

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From Paddock to Plate’s Louise FitzRoy who will present during a festival lunch.

From Paddock to Plate’s Louise FitzRoy who will present during a festival lunch.

Celebrating diversity 

The LiveLighter Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival will this year celebrate the world, bringing a rich array of food, colours and music to the event.

Enjoy festival fun between 10am and 5pm this Saturday October 11.

Then stay around for more entertainment, including the burning of a wooden sculpture created by local artist Russell Sheridan, between 5pm and 9pm.

For more information about this South West Development Commission-sponsored event, visit www.bullandbarrel.net.au.

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Selling to Singapore 

A campaign that reinforces Western Australia's reputation as a world-class food and wine destination was recently launched in Singapore.

Organised by the Singapore office of Tourism Western Australia and supported by SWDC, the campaign pushes a number of self-drive packages to people in Singapore.

A self-drive tour of the Southern Forests and a group tour which includes admission to the Margaret River Gourmet Escape are being highlighted through the campaign.

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