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e-Newsletter October 2015

Public feedback to be valuable in finalisation of Bunbury waterfront vision 

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Earlier this month, we invited people to have their say about a vision for transforming Bunbury's waterfront - and many of you did.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide feedback about the proposal to breathe new life into the city's waterfront.

About 170 responses were received and these will be considered in the finalisation of the vision.

Included in the proposal released for public comment was the revitalisation of the Koombana Bay foreshore, redevelopment of the Dolphin Discovery Centre, and transformation of Casuarina Boat Harbour into a vibrant mixed-use, multi-storey precinct.

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Vision on display 

Have you seen the displays around town showcasing the vision for the Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront project?

Displays have been set up in the Bunbury Tower foyer, Chamber House, Bunbury Public Library, and the City of Bunbury administration building for the purpose of making information about the proposal easily accessible.

Pictured: SWDC's Ashley Clements and Gayle Gray in front of the display at the Bunbury Tower.

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SWDC’s Ashley Clements and Gayle Gray in front of the display at the Bunbury Tower.

Now filming…Jasper Jones 

We're excited that the wonderful South West is a step closer to making a return to the big screen.

Principal photography for the film adaptation of the popular Australian novel Jasper Jones got underway in the region earlier this week.

The movie will feature a terrific cast, with Hugo Weaving (pictured), Myles Pollard and Toni Collette among the actors cast in the movie.

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Assessment in progress 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit an application for funding through our annual South West Community Events Program.

We received 78 requests for funding through the scheme and are now busy assessing the applications.

An announcement about funding allocations is expected to be made in December, before the 2016 South West events calendar gets underway.

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Memorial upgraded 

It is great seeing how communities throughout the South West are benefiting from Royalties for Regions funding we have allocated.

Take for example the Busselton RSL, which completed an extension to the town's memorial wall earlier this year.

The work on the wall, carried out by RSL members John Cutbush, Bob Quinlan and John Gibson, was supported by a Community Chest Fund grant.

Pictured: Kevin Casey and Glenn Woodward getting ready for Remembrance Day, the first major commemorative service to be held at the memorial since the extension was completed.

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Glenn Woodward and Kevin Casey getting ready for Remembrance Day, the first major commemorative service to be held at the memorial since the extension was completed.

Communities for all 

It is important that all residents of the South West have equal opportunities to join in community life and pursue their interests.

It's for this reason we are pleased a Royalties for Regions - Community Chest Fund grant has improved the accessibility of the Manjimup/Warren Freemasons Lodge.

Now more people are able to participate in groups that hold their meetings and activities in the building.

Pictured: Sue Edmonds, who can now attend Sing Australia sessions at the Lodge, with Blackwood-Stirling member Terry Redman, Bob Phillips, Colin Macmillan and Ian Wilson celebrating the completion of the disability access project.

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Sue Edmonds, who can now attend Sing Australia sessions at the Lodge, with Minister Terry Redman, Bob Phillips, Colin Macmillan and Ian Wilson celebrating the completion of the disability access project.

On air 

We are proud that a Royalties for Regions - Community Chest Fund grant we allocated earlier this year has assisted in making Bunbury Community Radio a reality.

The radio station, located at Dalyellup College, is not only giving the community a voice but also providing local high school students with training opportunities.

Pictured: Dalyellup College Year 11 student Jake Kufalk with station founding member Mary Dunlop and Dalyellup College principal and station board member Jeff Macnish.

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Dalyellup College Year 11 student Jake Kufalk with station founding member Mary Dunlop and Dalyellup College principal and station board member Jeff Macnish.

In focus - Leschenault Men’s Shed 

It's a pleasure to revisit projects years after we helped to get them off the ground.

Take for example the Leschenault Men's Shed, which opened a few years ago with support from a Royalties for Regions grant.

Today it is flourishing with about 80 members, many of whom regularly come together to work on projects and socialise.

Pictured: Bevan Forster at work in the Leschenault Men's Shed.

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Bevan Forster at work in the Leschenault Men’s Shed.

Calling wildlife explorers 

People are encouraged to become a wildlife explorer at the Margaret River Bioblitz taking place on Saturday November 14.

The outdoor, family event will see nature specialists and community members work together to build a picture of local biodiversity.

The Cape to Cape Catchments Group-organised bioblitz is one of 56 events we are supporting this year through our South West Community Events Program.

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Feast of bush flavours 

Here's something to tempt your taste buds...

With the Kambarang - South West Aboriginal Gourmet Experience returning to this year's Margaret River Gourmet Escape, people will once again have the chance to feast on bush flavours.

The Woolkabunning Kiaka-organised event, which is being supported through our South West Community Events Program, will take place on Friday November 20.

Pictured: Chef Mark Olive and Koomal Dreaming's Josh Whiteland.

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Chef Mark Olive and Koomal Dreaming’s Josh Whiteland.