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e-Newsletter September 2013

Infrastructure in focus 

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The South West is growing rapidly. And to make sure we continue to enjoy the lifestyles we do, we need to ensure our region keeps pace with growth.

Part of this means identifying and putting in place the infrastructure that will allow industry and communities to grow. If industry continues to develop and generate jobs, our prosperity is likely to continue.

At the Commission, we are working to identify and address the infrastructure gaps that have the potential to hold the region back, while ensuring community safety is enhanced.

Keep reading to find out more about our work in the area of infrastructure.

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Introducing our infrastructure team 

Did you know we have a team dedicated to ensuring the infrastructure needs of the South West are met?

Led by Patrick Warrand, and supported by Daniel Marshall and Gayle Gray, the team plays an important role in the planning and development of key infrastructure in the fast-growing South West.

Exploring the option of expanding the Busselton Regional Airport, supporting the planned expansion of the Bunbury Port and working to improve mobile phone coverage are just some of the projects the team is involved in.

"To capitalise on our productive capacity, we must make the best use of the infrastructure we have, and invest in new infrastructure to lead the South West to greater prosperity," Mr Warrand said.

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Daniel Marshall, Patrick Warrand and Gayle Gray are focused on achieving the infrastructure needs of the region.

Daniel Marshall, Patrick Warrand and Gayle Gray are focused on achieving the infrastructure needs of the region.

Housing needs in spotlight 

We all need a roof over our heads. But because we're all unique, what we need under that roof differs.

For instance, people may need to downsize as they get older, while growing families might want a more spacious abode, and people with disabilities may require specially-designed accommodation.

To determine whether the housing requirements of different groups within the region are catered for, we have teamed up with LandCorp and the Department of Housing to carry out a housing needs assessment.

As part of a statewide study to enable decision makers to plan for the future of the growing population, we are working to build a profile of the current and forecast housing requirements of the South West.

At the end of the assessment, we hope to have a greater understanding of local housing needs, and be in a better position to help alleviate any identified shortfalls.

To have your say about the housing needs of the South West, complete the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/SWhousingsurvey .

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Planning for tomorrow, today 

Here at the Commission, we're firm believers in planning for success. After all, it's been said that a goal without a plan is just a wish.

And because we plan (not only wish) for our region to develop in the best possible way, we've been focusing our energies on an ambitious planning project - a blueprint that will guide development of the region up until 2050.

Together with Regional Development Australia - South West, we've been putting together a vision for how the region might grow in the years ahead.

When complete, the South West Regional Blueprint will provide an overview of the current status of the region and identify what it will take to move the region forward.

We look forward to sharing the draft blueprint with you in the near future.

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South West Development Commission chief executive officer Don Punch and principal policy officer Vanessa Lewis work on the South West Regional Blueprint.

South West Development Commission chief executive officer Don Punch and principal policy officer Vanessa Lewis work on the South West Regional Blueprint.

Illuminating for a cause 

We recently played a key role in getting Bunbury landmarks lit up with coloured lighting. Now we are turning our attention to two buildings further south.

With funding assistance from SWDC, the Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste lighthouses will turn blue in support of the Leukaemia Foundation.

On Saturday October 12, the Augusta Margaret River and Geographe Bay tourism associations will encourage people to enjoy the entertainment on offer at the lighthouses and raise money for a cause.

Pictured is the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse during a previous Illuminate event.

For details about this South West Development Commission-sponsored event, visit www.margaretriver.com .

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The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse will turn blue this year for Illuminate, an event that will raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse will turn blue this year for Illuminate, an event that will raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

It’s playtime! 

The South West Development Commission recognises that facilities such as playgrounds - where people can come together for fun and socialising - make communities more desirable places for families to live.

Which is why we're excited about the official opening of Manjimup's new $1.14 million fun park, which was supported through the Royalties for Regions-funded SuperTowns program.

The playground will be opened in a special ceremony at 12.30pm on Friday October 11, though a range of fun activities will take place between 11am and 3pm.

Families are encouraged to take a picnic lunch to the playground, which is located in the Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park, and make a day of it.

Pictured are SWDC board member Wade De Campo and Shire of Manjimup director of works Doug Elkins testing out the equipment.

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SWDC board member Wade De Campo and Shire of Manjimup director of works Doug Elkins test out equipment at the new playground in Manjimup.

SWDC board member Wade De Campo and Shire of Manjimup director of works Doug Elkins test out equipment at the new playground in Manjimup.

The Collective to star at Kidsfest 

This year's Bunbury Kidsfest is set to have the X factor.

The Collective, an Australian boy band which formed during the fourth series of The X Factor Australia, will perform at the event.

To be held in the school holidays over October 5, 6 and 7, Kidsfest will keep children - and their families - entertained with a number of acts, activities and workshops.

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

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The Collective will star at Bunbury Kidsfest, which will be held during the October school holidays.

The Collective will star at Bunbury Kidsfest, which will be held during the October school holidays.

Event to focus on dealing with grief 

Celebrity chef Matt Golinski, who tragically lost his wife and three children in a house fire, will speak about his transformation at a grief and loss symposium being held in Bunbury next week.

The event, which will be held over October 3 and 4, will bring the community together to hear from experts and local heroes on the topic of grief and transforming after tragedy.

The first day of the event is designed for people who deal with grief and loss in the course of their work, while the second day will be relevant to the wider community.

Places are limited. For more information about this South West Development Commission-sponsored event, visit www.facebook.com/griefsymposium .

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Matt Golinski will be a guest speaker at the upcoming grief and loss symposium.

Matt Golinski will be a guest speaker at the upcoming grief and loss symposium.

Green shoots of recovery 

With our support, volunteers are working to rehabilitate coastal land in Margaret River affected by bushfire almost two years ago.

Each Thursday, members of the Capes volunteer team can be spotted along the coast as they carry out a number of activities designed to rehabilitate the strip between Surfers Point and Gnarabup.

Next up for the group: Getting weed contractors to address the arum lily and pyp grass problem on the dunes at Surfers Point and Gnarabup.

Pictured are Andy Ledbetter and Emma Hastie carrying out dune conservation work.

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Pictured are Andy Ledbetter and Emma Hastie carrying out dune conservation work.

Pictured are Andy Ledbetter and Emma Hastie carrying out dune conservation work.

Top tourism event for region 

If you have an interest in tourism, you'll be delighted to learn that the region will soon host a major Australian tourism conference.

To be held in Margaret River from October 21 to 25, the Australian Regional Tourism Network convention will provide attendees with information about industry best practices, research and innovation.

The forum is considered the most significant annual event for practitioners and government agencies engaged in regional tourism throughout Australia.

Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss, debate and investigate solutions to issues, challenges and opportunities facing regional tourism.

For more information about this South West Development Commission-sponsored event, visit the convention's website .

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Attendees at the upcoming the Australian Regional Tourism Network convention will be able to discover first-hand what the Margaret River region has to offer.

Attendees at the upcoming the Australian Regional Tourism Network convention will be able to discover first-hand what the Margaret River region has to offer.

Regional food hub underway 

Efforts to further the SuperTown of Manjimup's status as a food bowl and culinary tourism destination are making progress, with the fit-out of the Southern Forests Food Council's office under way.

One of the exciting aspects of the office is that it will feature a large display area where the food council will showcase the region's produce.

The council expects that its new Brockman Street home will be completed at the end of October.

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Work has begun on construction and fit-out of the Southern Forests Food Council’s new office.

Work has begun on construction and fit-out of the Southern Forests Food Council’s new office.