Media Releases



October 26

Launch supports disabilities programs

A motor launch providing new opportunities for people with disabilities entered service at the Princess Royal Sailing Club on Saturday 21 October.

October 23

Bloom closes on a high

A month-long celebration of the Great Southern’s floral riches closed on a festive high in Mount Barker on Saturday.

October 6

Outdoor activity boost

Partners in the Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence have welcomed the official launch of the initiative.


September 8

Sports boost for Tambellup

Sporting teams and spectators in Tambellup are celebrating the opening of an upgraded pavilion and new facilities at the town's sports grounds.

September 7

Wine workshop to grow export skills

Great Southern wine and beverage producers have an opportunity to enhance their ability to grow export markets through a workshop supported by the Great Southern Development Commission.


July 3

New department to benefit WA regions and industries

The new Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has commenced operating from I July as part of the State Government’s commitment to create a more efficient public service. Read more.


June 21

Fresh look for Hidden Treasures

Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern is rolling out a new look across the region.


May 15

Japanese delegation visits Great Southern

Regional investment opportunities were in focus when eight Japanese delegates, including the Governor of Hyogo Prefecture, Mr Toshizo Ido, visited Albany in April.


March 24

Great Southern musical talent shines

Talented musicians from the Great Southern are laying down tracks in a West Australian Music project supported by the Great Southern Development Commission.

Student housing project starts

Units under construction in the Norman House precinct in Albany will provide affordable accommodation for 20 higher education students.

March 22

Festival of flavour

Food fans across the Great Southern are salivating at the prospect of weeks spent celebrating the region's finest flavours at Taste Great Southern 2017.

Sustainability focus

Great Southern towns from Denmark and Albany in the south to Ongerup and Katanning in the north are focusing on sustainable living in March and April.


January 27

New funding for projects in the Great Southern is set to make the region stronger, according to the Chair of the Great Southern Development Commission.



December 21

Program to address housing needs

Seven Great Southern shires will gain housing for independent seniors and key regional employees with the help of $11.5 million funding through the Growing Our South initiative, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.

December 7

Community drives new hub

Community cooperation is playing a big part in the creating a new heart for Nyabing, in the Great Southern's north-east.


November 24

Festival brings music and pop-up museum

Rock and soul music, classical performances and a pop-up museum of water are among the highlights of the fifteenth Great Southern Festival in February and March 2017.

November 23

Tour group samples regional attractions

Food importers, executive chefs and travel writers from Malaysia and Singapore enjoyed Great Southern hospitality recently on a familiarisation tour of the region, supported by the Great Southern Development Commission.

November 8

Gnowangerup set for summer dip

Gnowangerup has a new swimming pool to help take the heat out of summer.


October 28

SEGRA highlights regional issues

Opportunities and challenges in regional development were explored in detail at the Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) conference from 26 to 28 October.

October 28

Multiple gains in Denmark clubhouse

Denmark's riverside bowling greens are now graced by a new clubhouse that is a significant asset for the south coast community.

October 24

Big things happening in our regions

It is now possible to discover all projects being delivered through Royalties for Regions, thanks to the launch of an online mapping application using cutting-edge technology.

October 14

Ready welcome for SEGRA delegates

More than 300 attendees will take on the big issues in regional development at the SEGRA 2016 conference in Albany at the end of October, in one of the biggest turn-outs in the event's 20-year history.


September 22

Nominees sought for GSDC Board

Nominations are being sought for a community appointment vacancy on the Board of the Great Southern Development Commission.

September 13

Strong SEGRA program revealed

Program details for October's SEGRA conference are now available online.


August 30

Great Southern's great outdoors

Outdoor activities in the Great Southern will get a big leg up from a new initiative to build programs and enterprises focused on outdoor recreation excellence.

August 16

Blueprint video online

A quick and easy video overview of the Great Southern Regional Investment Blueprint is now available online.

August 12

New Chair of GSDC Board

Denmark businessman and farmer Ross Thornton has been confirmed as the new Chair of the Board of the Great Southern Development Commission.

August 1

Funding applications invited

Community, public and not-for-profit organisations have new opportunities to secure funding support for projects that build the Great Southern.



Projects to build opportunity and lifestyle

Thirteen Great Southern organisations will build opportunities and lifestyle in the region with the help of more than $1.5 million in funding through the most recent round of the Regional Grants Scheme run by the GSDC.

July 15

Grants support 21 projects

Community Chest Fund grants through the GSDC will support 21 projects enhancing economic and social development in the Great Southern.


June 17

New pool promises summer fun

Summer in Gnowangerup is shaping up for a cool change as the town eyes completion of its new swimming pool.


May 31

Breath in the can

Shooting has finished on the production of the feature film Breath, directed by and starring Simon Baker.

May 27

Seagrass restoration pioneer honoured

Seagrass restoration pioneer Geoff Bastyan was named the twelfth winner of the prestigious GSDC Medal at a gala dinner in Albany on Friday 27 May.

May 27

Great Southern stars

Promotional video clips showcasing the attractions of the Great Southern are now online through the GSDC website.

May 26

SEGRA registration opens

Registrations have opened for the Albany and Great Southern SEGRA Conference, to be held from 26 to 28 October 2016.

May 24

Aquaculture set to surge

A major forum is about to survey the future of aquaculture in Western Australia, including potential initiatives in the Great Southern's clean ocean.


April 28: Four nominees on medal shortlist

In a break with standing practice, four finalists have been named on the shortlist for the 2016 GSDC Medal.

April 14: Government and industry align to set WA aquaculture development strategy

Registrations opened this week for the inaugural Aquaculture Western Australia State Forum, which will be held in Perth on Thursday 26 May.

April 11: Nyabing makes way for community hub

Nyabing has started demolishing parts of its hotel to make way for a new community hub and accommodation.

April 5: Changes for GSDC Board

Katanning farmer and businessman Peter Rundle has resigned from his position as Chair of the GSDC Board, effective as of 1 April, 2016.


March 31: Support for early childhood boost

Great Southern children will continue to benefit from the A Smart Start early childhood initiative through a transition arrangement which is being supported by the Great Southern Development Commission.

March 18: Multicultural pride flies high

Katanning's multicultural pride is flying high as the Katanning Action Network unfurled the flags of 19 nations over the town on Friday 18 March.

March 4: SEGRA calls for speakers

Australia's premier national conference on sustainable regional growth is calling for speakers for its upcoming Albany and Great Southern conference.


February 12: Firm foundation for men's shed

After more than a decade of patient preparation, the Albany Men's Shed is starting to take shape.

February 12: Grant deadlines approach

Time is running out for regional organisations to apply for two Great Southern Development Commission grant rounds.


January 28: Year for development focus

In 2016, the Great Southern will host two significant forums that will focus on development issues in the region.

January 27: Medal winner lauds innovation boost

GSDC Medallist Gary Muir has commended the biennial award as a boost to innovators, with only weeks remaining for nominations for the 2016 selection process.

January 8: Tourism business development opportunity

Tourism operators in the Great Southern are invited to take part in a business development initiative supported by the Great Southern Development Commission.

January 4: Grant opportunities open

The Regional Grants Scheme and the Community Chest Fund will open to community groups and local governments across the Great Southern on Monday 11 January.