Media Release Archive

2015

December

December 11: Tourism champion steps down

Regional tourism champion Di Holly has stepped down from her role as Chair of the Hidden Treasures group after more than 15 years of voluntary service.

December 8: Search starts for medal nominees

Leaders, innovators and experienced practitioners of natural resource management are eligible for the 2016 award of the Great Southern's prestigious GSDC Medal.

October

October 8: New improved dieback fight station

A new and improved version of the Phytofighter dieback cleaning station was launched at the 2015 GSDC Medal Field Day in September.

September

September 16: Great Southern tourism on the map

Travel enthusiasts visiting the Great Southern for the 2015 Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) National Rally will be able to navigate the region’s attractions with ease thanks to a new self-drive map.

September 7: Medallist Muir showcases invention

A locally designed boot cleaning station which aims to help prevent dieback in the region's iconic bushland will be showcased by GSDC Medal winner Gary Muir at a field day on Monday 14 September.

August

August 28: Festival program blooms in 2015

Brilliant blooms, enticing events and country hospitality will be on show when the 2015 Great Southern Bloom Festival officially starts on 11 September.

August 25: Funding boosts Albany Clipper connection

A group of daring adventurers are set to take on the world in 12 identical 21m yachts when the 2015 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race starts in London on Sunday 30 August.

August 20: Nyabing crop yields community spirit

Nyabing's heart is set for a revitalising lift, with the first stage of the Nyabing Community Hub project recently securing a $150,000 grant from the Royalties for Regions-funded Great Southern Regional Grants Scheme.

July

July 31: Funding strengthens regional towns

New funding for seniors' accommodation in the Great Southern is expected to strengthen regional communities.

July 20: Noongar stories on the record

Noongar elders with connections to Gnowangerup are set to relate their experiences for a video record of Aboriginal life in the area.

May

May 28: New view of old story

Noongar people in Albany celebrated a new way to tell an old story when the Oyster Harbour Fish Traps project was officially opened on Thursday 28 May.

May 22: National conference for Great Southern

Albany and the Great Southern will host Australia's premier national conference on regional issuess in 2016, the Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia conference, following a successful partnership bid led by the GSDC.

May 5: Minister to address Budget lunch

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman will address a lunch gathering in Albany on Friday 15 May following the release of the State Government's 2015 Budget.

April

April 1: Dedicated duo drive Early Childhood Hub

Two dedicated mothers in Katanning recenlty saw a long-held ambition begin to take shape as the town's Early Childhood Hub gained major funding through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.

March

March 25: Wetland studies for medal finalist

GSDC Medal finalist Basil Schur has flown across the globe to gain new perspectives about Great Southern waterways.

February

February 26: Celebration of fine produce

Taste Great Southern, the region's annual flavour indulgence, started wtih tasty treats at the Henderson and Hwang function centre near Mount Barker on Thursday 19 February.

February 4: Community Chest grants approved

New grants through the Great Southern Development Commission’s Community Chest Fund, a $370,000 Royalties for Regions program, will support 26 projects and events in the Great Southern.

2014

December

December 24: Bus ticket to holiday fun

Holiday fun is a $5 bus ticket away for young people from inland areas of the Great Southern, thanks to the Holiday Bus program.

December 11: Glamping concept for Bremer

Visitors to Bremer Bay could soon have a new accommodation option: 'glamping', or glamour camping, based on concepts developed by Curtin University students.

December 10: New Deputy Chairman for GSDC Board

Denmark Shire President Ross Thornton has been named the new Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Great Southern Development Commission.

November

November 21: Strong interest in grant opportunities

Community groups, public agencies and not-for-profit organisations are awaiting the outcome of contestable funding applications in a Great Southern Development Commission grant program.

October

October 31: Grants opportunities open

Two new funding opportunities totalling almost $1.5 million are available for grants made possible through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.

October 22: Comment deadline looms

The public comment period for the development of the Great Southern Regional Blueprint closes at 5pm on Friday 31 October.

October 22: Ambitious aged housing aspiration realised

Accommodation options for aged residents in the Shire of Plantagenet were given a boost at the weekend when stage one of the Collet Barker Court development was officially opened.

September

September 9: Blueprint for a strong region

Seven major initiatives that will build the Great Southern over the next 25 years are revealed in the recently-released draft version of the Great Southern Regional Blueprint.

May

May 5: Finalists leading the region

Three regional leaders are in the running for the 2014 GSDC Medal following the close of nominations for the prestigious award.

January

January 22: Chance to preview floral attraction

Great Southern residents have until April to take a sneak peek at a growing tourist attraction at Discovery Bay in Albany.

2013

December

December 20: Medal search starts

Nominations are now open for the prestigious GSDC Medal, which brings a $12,000 grant package for an innovator or leader in natural resource management in the Great Southern.

December 4: Festival temptations

Perth International Arts Festival artistic director Jonathan Holloway dangled temptation in front of hundreds of fans when he launched the Great Southern Festival program on Thursday 28 November.

November

November 21: Broomehill holds records

Broomehill has a new responsibility as the holder of archival records for four Great Southern local governments. The Broomehill Archive Repository was opened on Thursday 7 November.

November 15: Gold for Great Southern

From bush foods to deluxe accommodation, the Great Southern's tourism products are among the best in Western Australia, as demonstrated by golden wins at the WA Tourism Awards.

November 5: Malleefowl on screen

Visitors to Yongergnow Malleefowl Centre in Ongerup can take a virtual step inside the giant aviary that houses a few of the vulnerable birds, via live video from webcams in the aviary.

October

October 8: Lake's new lease on life

A major restoration of Lake Ewlyamartup is under way.

August

August 16: Sign of spring

Spring's first bloom has arrived with the launch of the Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern Bloom Festival program.

August 13: Experts show winning work

Two winning approaches to management of the Great Southern's natural resources were on show at the inaugural GSDC Medal field day on Tuesday 13 August.

July

July 30: New heights for surf club

Surf lifesavers have a special place in Australia's sense of identity, and now they have a special place at Middleton Beach, following the Albany Surf Life Saving Club refurbishment.

July 26: Cranbrook celebrates caravan park success

Cranbrook is celebrating the success of an upgrade to its caravan park, undertaken with the help of Royalties for Regions funding through the Great Southern Development Commission.

April

April 10: Biennial honour for NRM leaders

A review of the GSDC Medal, the Great Southern's most prestigious natural resource management award, has recommended a change to a biennial presentation.

March

March 28: Tourism products to gain an edge

A grand vision for tourism product development is set to guide Great Southern tourism operators to enhance their businesses and entice more domestic and international visitors to explore the region.

January

January 22: Taste menu unfolds

What's on the menu? Food fans across the Great Southern and further afield are eagerly opening the pages of the 2013 Taste Great Southern program to see what is on offer in this year's program of culinary delights.

January 11: Katanning's story in print

Katanning's experiences welcoming people from diverse cultures are contributing to the national discussion about sustainable growth in regional areas.

January 9: Summer road trip

Young people from inland towns in the Great Southern leapt at the opportunity to take a break in Albany when the Holiday Bus called in recently.

2012

December

December 21: Travellers' guide to regional history

Travellers with an eye for history have a new guide for their sojourns in the Great Southern.

December 19: Indigenous corporate skills boost

Indigenous leaders in the Great Southern are enhancing their corporate governance and planning skills through an initiative of the Great Southern Development Commission.

December 11: Ambulance volunteers celebrated

Four long-serving St John Ambulance volunteers were honoured at the opening of a major upgrade of the organisation's Mount Barker centre on Saturday 1 December.

November

November 30: Holiday fun on the horizon

Summer days have an extra sparkle each year for young people in the Great Southern hinterland thanks to the Holiday Bus service supported by the Great Southern Development Commission.

November 27: Haven for Gnowangerup visitors

Travellers have a new incentive to spend time in Gnowangerup following the opening of a travel stop in the central Great Southern town.

November 20: Africa trip reveals helpful Aussie wasp

New ways to control the invasive weed Sydney golden wattle could arise from a research trip to South Africa by 2011 GSDC Medal for Excellence in NRM winner John Moore.

November 16: Surf patrols to continue

Surf patrols will operate as usual at Middleton Beach this summer despite a busy construction project at the Albany Surf Life Saving Club.

November 16: Festival buzz begins

Big numbers dominated the launch of the 2013 Great Southern Festival program at the Albany Entertainment Centre on Wednesday 14 November.

November 6: Early childhood program honoured

A Great Southern early childhood program won accolades as an outstanding regional project in the 2012 WA Children's Week Awards recently.

October

October 25: Native foods gather momentum

Potential growers and consumers gained an insight into the future of boutique produce in the Great Southern at a Native Food Field Day at Beaufort River on 11 October.

October 15: Cyclists' shelter rises in the forest

Cyclists planning to tackle the Great Southern section of the Munda Biddi Trail can look forward to rest and recuperation in an enviable location, with construction of a custom built shelter under way.

September

September 28: Kojonup tourist train on track

Visitors to Kojonup will soon be able to combine history, scenery and the nostalgia of a vintage train journey when a revamped tourist train is launched on Saturday 6 October.

September 17: Spotlight on southern landscape

Delegates from 16 of Australia's most significant natural environments are in Albany this week to experience the attractions of the Great South West Edge National Landscape.

September 17: Bloom Festival celebrates spring

Spring is  officially sprung in the Great Southern, following the launch at the weekend of the region's second Bloom Festival.

September 5: Board members appointed

The appointment of four new members to the Board of the Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC) was announced today.

September 4: State's first cemetery in better shape

Albany's historic Memorial Park Cemetery now offers better access to its precious heritage that dates back to 1840 and beyond.

August

August 28: Mount Barker celebrates

Mount Barker celebrated the completion of town centre improvements on Tuesday 21 August.

August 15: Spring events set to bloom

Spring is on the horizon and a host of events are about to bloom in the Great Southern.

August 6: Great Southern expertise boosts north

Agricultural technology from the Great Southern will help to establish the viability of fodder cropping in the Pilbara, building on the benefits of a GSDC Medal grant.

August 1: Spotlight on science

Penguins, whitebait, weeds and woodlands will be under the microscope at the Great Southern Great Science conference on Friday 10 August.

July

July 30: Town centres refreshed

Town centres across the Great Southern look fresh and friendly following a range of projects undertaken with Royalties for Regions funding through the Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC) over the past year.

July 27: Aboriginal art centre to relocate

Aboriginal artists in the Great Southern will gain fresh marketing opportunities as the Mungart Boodja art centre takes a new direction.

July 16: Cranbrook boosts housing stocks

Six new home units in Cranbrook are providing better housing options for public sector employees and local citizens.

July 6: Warmer welcome at Mitchell House

Mount Barker's home of the arts is offering a warmer welcome to artists, guests and community members.

June

June 22: Taking weed control to new heights

Agricultural scientist John Moore wants to get right on top of the Great Southern's looming Sydney golden wattle problem and he now has a working prototype of a remote control quadcopter to do just that.

June 19: Region's wines on world stage

Five Great Southern wineries put in a strong showing at a major world wine trade expo in Hong Kong at the end of May.

June 14: Honoured scientist for Albany post

Honoured Australian plant conservation biologist Professor Stephen Hopper AC is headed for Albany to take up a new position at the University of Western Australia Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management.

June 1: Horse training project on track

New training facilities for horses are taking shape at Mount Barker's Frost Park.

May

May 25: Wineries target South Korea

Great Southern wineries will push further into Asia with a gala tasting event for the wine trade in Seoul, South Korea, in June.

May 17: Dry refuge for golfers

Damp golfers can finally put away their umbrellas when they return to the clubhouse at Narpanup Golf Club.

May 14: Great Southern wines at world's biggest show

Great Southern wineries will join 1000 exhibitors from 28 countries in Hong Kong this month for Vinexpo Asia-Pacific, the world's largest wine trade show.

May 11: Support for GSDC Medal

A review of the Great Southern's most prestigious natural resource management award has revealed continuing strong sector support for the initiative.

April

April 27: Serene harbour shot wins

An elegant, calm photograph of Princess Royal Harbour by Albany photographer Katrina Bartley won the 2012 Great Southern Development Commission digital photography competition.

April 23: New home for agriculture group

Cranbrook's former bowling club has a new look and a new purpose hosting the Gillamii Centre agriculture improvement group.

April 10: Wineries prepare palate pleasers

Great Southern wine producers will present their finest palate pleasers when the Western Australian Trade Office in Shanghai brings 11 wine trade delegates to the region in April.

April 2: Aged care, community health on Royalties for Regions agenda

The first 14 projects to receive funding under the Regional Development Council's Action Agenda Funding Round were announced today by Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls.

April 2: Club refurbishment taking shape

Dedicated Denmark Country Club members are beginning to see the fruits of their volunteer labour take shape in their club refurbishment project.

March

March 19: Skills for future workers

What skills will be in high demand in the Great Southern workforce of the future and how many people will need to have them?

March 2: Capture the region's essence

Photographers are invited to focus on the "Essence of the Great Southern", the theme of the 2012 Great Southern Development Commission digital photography competition.

February

February 28: Workshops aim for promotional edge

Tourism operators and other interested parties are invited to explore the Great South West Edge at a series of National Landscape workshops in March.

February 27: Wine and tourism making news

Great Southern wines and tourist attractions will make headlines in the Philippines following the fourth Great Southern Wine Trail.

February 10: Born troublemaker

Nigerian storyteller and London poet Inua Ellams claims to have been a troublemaker even before he was born, and he invites Katanning to hear his tale.

February 8: Feast of events

Fine dining is in focus across the region as Taste Great Southern unveils its 2012 program of food and wine events.

February 6: Festival season

From Cottesloe Beach to the Albany foreshore, festival time is here.

January

January 30: Tip-top track for titles

Amid the high-speed thrills of this weekend's World Series Sprintcars at the Albany Speedway Club, fans might notice some improvements to the track and facilities.

January 19: Munda Biddi Trail pushes ahead

Construction crews have crossed South Coast Highway as they push the Munda Biddi Trail along old rail formations between Albany and Denmark.

2011

December

December 23: Trial plan for native plant fodder

Environmentally friendly native plants could help to nourish Australian livestock if experiments by last year's GSDC Medal for Excellence winner bear fruit.

December 21: Gnowangerup builds caring capacity

Two new homes for aged people are nearing completion in Gnowangerup, strengthening the town's capacity to care for its residents.

December 19: New edge on show

Australia's Great South West Edge will be on show in Albany next year when the National Landscapes forum hits town.

December 16: Multiple gains in Cranbrook centre

Cranbrook's former bowling club is gaining a new lease of life and will soon host the Gillamii Centre agriculture improvement group.

December 14: Bus ride to summer fun

Every summer the coast beckons young people in the Great Southern hinterland but for those too young to drive, visits can be few and far between.

December 13: New home for Noongar heritage

Noongar cultural heritage is set to find a new home in Gnowangerup next year.

December 7: Borden builds sporting health

Weekend sport makes a strong contribution to sustaining regional towns, and Borden is ensuring that it is well placed to meet residents' recreational needs.

December 6: Great Southern makes arts conference shortlist

A major national arts conference could be headed for the Great Southern in 2014.

November

November 24: Regional festival scores a ten

Great Southern Festival fans are looking forward to a new feast of culture and arts following the release of the popular event's 2012 program.

November 17: Mount Barker centre meets needs

Mount Barker residents are already reaping the benefits of the town's ambitious $2.8 million Community Resource Centre (CRC) project, supported by $140,000 of Royalties for Regions funding through the Great Southern Regional Grants Scheme.

November 14: Wine push targets Taiwan, Hong Kong

Hong Kong and Taiwanese wine buyers took advantage of close encounters with Great Southern wines at trade initiatives from November 3 to 7.

November 10: New edge for Great Southern

Australia's Great South West Edge has a new web presence, and the Great Southern is in the middle of the action.

October

October 26: Taste event on awards shortlist

Taste Great Southern, the region's celebration of fine food and wine, is up for a major tourism award.

October 25: Floracopia springing to life

Thousands of native plants are beginning to spread their roots and soak up the spring sunshine at Whale World's spectacular Floracopia development.

October 24: Wineries build Asia marketing

Great Southern wineries will put up a strong showing at key wine marketing events in Hong Kong and Taiwan in November.

October 4: Festival seeks cultural benefactors

Lovers of culture and the arts have a new way to show their support for the Great Southern Program of the Perth International Arts Festival.

September

September 29: Drive trail with a story to tell

Visitors to Bremer Bay can tap into local stories with the opening of a drive trail that links popular and significant sites around the holiday destination.

September 21: Festival blooms

A new tourist drawcard is blooming across the Great Southern this spring.

September 16: Grant boosts saleyard project

Katanning's $25 million sheep saleyard project received a $7 million boost in the first round of funding through the Commonwealth Government's Regional Development Australia Fund announced on Wednesday 7 September.

August

August 29: Regional produce highlighted

Wine and food delights served at the exclusive Maitraya retreat this week will help to raise the profile of Great Southern produce in Asia.

August 26: Royalties for Regions funding for Great Southern community projects

Great Southern Development Commission Chair Peter Rundle today announced 16 successful projects in the Great Southern from the third round of the Liberal-National State Government's Royalties for Regions Regional Grants Scheme.

August 23: Wineries entice Philippines market

A potential new market in the Philippines is in focus for Great Southern wineries this week.

August 22: Weed expert honoured

Veteran weed expert John Moore was named the tenth winner of the prestigious Great Southern Development Commission Medal for Excellence in NRM last week.

July

July 28: Perth presence for wine DVD

Virtual Wine Tasting, the Great Southern's innovative wine tasting DVD, will be launched in Perth today.

July 22: Medal judges at work

A committed natural resource manager will be honoured by the award of the tenth Great Southern Development Commission Medal for Excellence in NRM in August.

July 22: Great Southern scales wall into China

Great Southern winemakers and food producers extended their reach into China at trade events in Shanghai and Beijing recently.

June

June 27: Spring into events opportunity

A new tourism drawcard is set to bloom in spring this year, when hidden treasures of the Great Southern will be revealed.

June 21: Great Southern wineries woo China

Five Great Southern wineries head to China next week to entice importers with the region's fine wine and produce.

June 17: Skilled migrant scheme explained

Great Southern employers and community agencies attended a breakfast forum on Wednesday 8 June to learn about the potential to use sponsored migration to manage skills shortages.

May

May 29: Wine subtleties on screen

Wine marketers have a new tool to help trade buyers appreciate the subtleties of Great Southern wines.

May 17: Unit will double Friendship House capacity

Royalties for Regions funding of $85,000 through the Regional Grants Scheme is helping the Rotary Club of Albany East to provide a respite unit for people with disabilities and their carers.

May 12: Playground stimulates development

King River's new sensory playground is showing the way for play facilities in the Great Southern.

May 4: Leaping to a win

Two flying leaps from a Bremer Bay sand dune helped Albany caravan park proprietor and keen photographer Ed Nelson win first prize in the Great Southern Life photo competition.

April

April 29: Strong interest in grants offer

Royalties for Regions funding on offer in the latest round of the Great Southern Regional Grants Scheme drew 71 applications requesting grants totalling $6.2 million.

April 7: Poster pair

Riesling and oysters make the perfect combination for a Great Southern taste treat and for an eye-catching promotion.

April 5: New life for cemetery

A careful makeover will start soon on a key part of Albany's history.

April 4: Search starts for tenth medallist

Nominations are now open for the region's most prestigious natural resource management award.

April 4: Eventful breakfast

Better management of events is on the breakfast menu at the Dog Rock Convention Centre on Friday.

March

March 16: Virtual tastings to promote wine

Innovative digital delivery of wine appraisals will help promote Great Southern wines at a major Chinese trade event in May.

March 11: Great Southern: A Region in Profile released

The details of Western Australia"s nine regional economies have today been highlighted with the launch of the Regions in Profile series of publications, developed by the Department of Regional Development and Lands in conjunction with the Regional Development Commissions.

March 9: Story trail tale begins

Noongar and settler stories could become the kernel of bold new tourism trail enterprises in Albany, according to a recently-released report.

March 2: Wineries to welcome trade buyers

Wine buyers from key Asian markets are taking part in the second Great Southern Wine Trail this week.

February

February 28: Grants deadline looms

Groups seeking grants in the latest round of the $1 million Royalties for Regions-funded Regional Grants Scheme have until 4.30pm on Thursday 10 March to lodge applications.

February 22: Wine information to cross language barrier

Chinese wine buyers will soon have access to information in Mandarin about Great Southern wineries.

February 7: Cultural treats in store

Western Australia's premier regional arts program starts this week and promises a sparkling range of events for the Great Southern.

February 7: Prize boost for photo competition

Big prizes are on offer for photographers who can capture top pictures on the theme of 'Great Southern Life'.

February 3: Medal finalist tackles dieback

New weapons to help limit the spread of dieback have been developed by Great Southern Development Commission Medal for Excellence finalist Gary Muir.

January

January 24: Priorities set for maritime assets

Thirteen Great Southern maritime heritage assets are listed as tourism development priorities in a report commissioned by the Great Southern Development Commission in partnership with the Heritage Council of WA.