THE YEAR IN NEWS AND EVENTS

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Jan­uary

IT is go­ing to be an “ex­cit­ing year” in the Shire of Man­jimup as the coun­cil pushes for ma­jor boosts in tourism, in­fra­struc­ture and em­ploy­ment, ac­cord­ing to the shire pres­i­dent.

Cr Wade DeCampo said 2017 would be the first full year of the Man­jimup Town Cen­tre Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion project, which re­ceived a $22.3 mil­lion State Bud­get wind­fall last year and in­cludes im­prove­ment and ad­di­tions to ac­cess and aes­thet­ics in the CBD.

MAN­JIMUP Shire Coun­cil is look­ing for pub­lic com­ment about a draft pol­icy aimed at re­duc­ing unau­tho­rised park­ing by back­pack­ers in and around the CBD.

The pol­icy would al­low landown­ers to pro­vide tem­po­rary camp­ing for sea­sonal work­ers em­ployed on their land.

SEV­ERAL community groups in the War­ren-Black­wood area have re­ceived a slice of $700,000 to help de­velop projects.

While an­nounc­ing the fund­ing last week, War­ren-Black­wood MLA Terry Red­man said re­gional com­mu­ni­ties re­lied on vol­un­teers and community groups to get things done.

Fe­bru­ary

MAN­JIMUP Shire Coun­cil has ap­proved plans for a $5 mil­lion at­trac­tion aimed at mak­ing Man­jimup an Aus­tralian must-see des­ti­na­tion.

The South West En­ergy Ex­pe­ri­ence mu­seum and cafe will house a $1.6 mil­lion her­itage en­ergy col­lec­tion made up of pieces used through­out the State’s his­tory.

PEM­BER­TON and a clutch of the re­gion’s res­i­dents will be im­mor­talised on the silver screen when Jasper Jones pre­mieres with a spe­cial screen­ing in the town.

To cel­e­brate Pem­ber­ton’s in­volve­ment, the film is be­ing aired free for towns­peo­ple twice be­fore it pre­mieres in cin­e­mas.

busi­nesses could see a boost in con­fi­dence and op­por­tu­ni­ties af­ter the Na­tional Broad­band Net­work was switched on in town, ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try lead­ers.

About 2500 homes and busi­nesses in the Man­jimup town­site are able to con­nect to the NBN, three months ear­lier than planned.

March

SOUTH­ERN Forests pro­duce is stuck in WA af­ter the de­tec­tion of an ex­otic pest forced the re­gion’s grow­ers into lock down.

New South Wales, Vic­to­ria, South Aus­tralia and Queens­land have in­tro­duced move­ment con­trols on WA pro­duce, in­clud­ing pota­toes, to­ma­toes and egg­plant.

WAR­REN Black­wood MLA Terry Red­man will use his “bit­ter­sweet” State Elec­tion vic­tory to pro­tect the in­tegrity of Roy­al­ties for Re­gions. Speak­ing to the Man­jimup-Bridgetown Times, Mr Red­man said he was “hugely priv­i­leged” to be elected for a fourth time.

HUN­DREDS of jobs will be cre­ated as Tal­i­son Lithium be­gins con­struc­tion of a $320 mil­lion lithium con­cen­tra­tion plant at Green­bushes in the next cou­ple of months, the com­pany said.

At its peak, the con­struc­tion proMANJIMUP ject would em­ploy more than 200 con­trac­tors, Tal­i­son said in an an­nounce­ment.

April

CON­TRAC­TORS are work­ing to fin­ish the roof of the $39 mil­lion War­ren District Hos­pi­tal be­fore win­ter in a bid to keep the project on track and have it open to pa­tients by mid-2018.

Con­struc­tion is due to be com­pleted in Fe­bru­ary and re­cent work has in­cluded the in­stal­la­tion of ex­ter­nal walls and con­crete pads.

A LONG-PRO­POSED 40mW biomass plant would give se­cu­rity to the re­gion’s forestry in­dus­try for at least 25 years, has been put for­ward.

The Man­jimup power plant would burn plan­ta­tion residue and could se­cure the town’s en­ergy needs.

PEO­PLE through­out the Lower South West gath­ered at war memo­ri­als for An­zac Day ser­vices, coin­cid­ing with the 75th and 100th an­niver­saries of some of the worst bat­tles in both World Wars.

Ser­vices were held in Boyup Brook, Bridgetown, Green­bushes, Man­jimup, Nan­nup, North­cliffe, Pem­ber­ton and Walpole with some centres host­ing a Dawn Ser­vice while oth­ers had two ser­vices.

May

GROW­ERS are cel­e­brat­ing the sale of more than $1 mil­lion of Gen­uinely South­ern Forests pro­duce at Mar­ket City Can­ning Vale.

A par­tic­i­pa­tion with All­states Farms in es­tab­lish­ing a ded­i­cated Gen­uinely South­ern Forests floor space at the mar­ket in Jan­uary has at­tracted more than 30 pro­duc­ers from across the re­gion who sup­ply pro­duce and value-added prod­ucts to the mar­ket.

BUSI­NESSES and res­i­dents across the re­gion are be­ing left without in­ter­net for up to nine weeks as they try to con­nect to the fi­bre-to-then­ode NBN ser­vice.

On­go­ing is­sues for peo­ple with or con­nect­ing to the NBN in­clude a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with providers and slow speeds due to ser­vice con­nec­tion.

AN $8 mil­lion Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment grant will al­low the ex­pan­sion of Bridgetown’s aged care home to cater for the grow­ing de­mand from the area’s age­ing pop­u­la­tion.

“It will be a colos­sal ben­e­fit to the town and re­gion,” Geegeelup Vil­lage Hos­tel chair­man and GP Mick Dew­ing said.

June

MAN­JIMUP Shire Coun­cil has struck an agree­ment for the re­moval of the rail cor­ri­dor in the town cen­tre in a bid to boost tourist and en­hance the town’s iden­tity.

The coun­cil en­dorsed an agree­ment be­tween Brook­field Rail and the Pub­lic Trans­port Au­thor­ity of WA for the use and oc­cu­pa­tion of the rail cor­ri­dor and in­fra­struc­ture.

A NEW food trail be­ing devel­oped in Man­jimup is part of a strat­egy to dou­ble the value of WA tourism to $12 bil­lion.

The Man­jimup trail would join 11 oth­ers in­clud­ing the first trail launched in April in Bridgetown, Tourism WA mar­ket­ing con­sul­tant John Stan­ley said.

TWO busi­nesses in the re­gion will use their slice of $1.57 mil­lion of State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing to break into Asian ex­port mar­kets and make Lower South West pre­mium pro­duce an in­ter­na­tional brand.

Fu­ture Fields Pty Ltd (Ban­nis­ter Downs Dairy) and Fresh Pro­duce Al­liance Pty Ltd each re­ceived $200,000 in the Grants for Asian Mar­ket Ex­port and were two of eight re­cip­i­ents in the State.

July

POTATO grow­ers have been warned about a new ag­gres­sive bac­te­ria that could cause sig­nif­i­cant pro­duc­tion loss in the re­gion.

Dick­eya di­anthicola can cause dis­ease such as soft rot or black­leg in pota­toes.

QUINNINUP Tav­ern owner Dale Atkins is de­ter­mined to re­build the 67-year-old iconic business af­ter it was com­pletely de­stroyed in a fire.

The tav­ern, which was in­sured, was al­ready en­gulfed in flames when the call went out to emer­gency ser­vices about 4.30am.

COMMUNITY mem­bers are on a mis­sion to pre­serve a hut built about 130 years ago by some of the re­gion’s early set­tlers be­fore it is lost to fire or degra­da­tion.

The Bol­gh­inup Hut is lo­cated about 30km south-west of Pem­ber­ton near the Yea­garup Dunes and was con­structed in the 1880s by Ge­orge Thomas and Jesse Gi­blett.

Au­gust

TAL­I­SON Lithium looks set to start work by Septem­ber on a $3 mil­lion camp to house 200 work­ers who will build its new $320 mil­lion lithium con­cen­tra­tion plant at Green­bushes.

Bridgetown-Green­bushes Shire Coun­cil gave con­di­tional ap­proval to a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for the tem­po­rary camp, pend­ing pub­lic com­ment.

MAN­JIMUP’S tourism in­dus­try has re­ceived a pow­er­ful boost fol­low­ing an an­nounce­ment of $2.68 mil­lion in Fed­eral fund­ing to­wards the planned en­ergy mu­seum.

The South West En­ergy Ex­pe­ri­ence is the Man­jimup Shire Coun­cil’s $5.95 mil­lion plan to house a her­itage en­ergy col­lec­tion made up of pieces used through­out the State’s his­tory.

FORESTRY Min­is­ter Dave Kelly met Nan­nup Tim­ber Pro­cess­ing di­rec­tors in a bid to save the com­pany’s green mill af­ter the an­nounce­ment of a re­struc­ture that will cost 30 jobs.

Mr Kelly con­firmed the meet­ing had taken place af­ter the com­pany said Nan­nup’s green mill would close as soon as Septem­ber 6.

Septem­ber

PLANS are un­der way in Nan­nup to build a tower to house the world’s big­gest wooden clock in a bid to pro­vide a “tremen­dous” boost to tourism in the re­gion that could ri­val Walpole’s Tree Top Walk.

Nan­nup Shire Coun­cil ap­proved plans for a Nan­nup Clock Tower on the cor­ner of War­ren Road and For­rest Street to house the clock, built by crafts­man Kevin Bird, will in­clude a pur­pose-built vis­i­tor cen­tre and re­tail show.

COMMUNITY lead­ers are con­cerned the State Bud­get’s $4 bil­lion Roy­al­ties for Re­gions fund is be­ing used for projects pre­vi­ously part of nor­mal ex­pen­di­ture in a bid to free up money for metropoli­tan projects.

Man­jimup shire pres­i­dent Paul Omodei, Bridgetown-Green­bushes shire pres­i­dent and John Ni­cholas and War­ren Black­wood MLA Terry Red­man have ex­pressed their con­cern for projects worth $861 mil­lion that were par­tially funded out­side of Roy­al­ties for Re­gions.

RE­DUC­ING red tape for business and a pri­or­ity on the agri­cul­ture and hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­tries to boost em­ploy­ment and tourism are some of the ideas from can­di­dates in the Man­jimup and Bridgetown-Green­bushes coun­cil elec­tions.

With less than a month be­fore the 2017 elec­tion is held on Oc­to­ber 21, res­i­dents in the Man­jimup and Bridgetown-Green­bushes shires are be­ing in­vited to have their say on who rep­re­sents them for the next four years through a postal vote.

Oc­to­ber

MORE than a decade of lob­by­ing will be re­warded when con­struc­tion be­gins on the first of 55 se­niors homes next April at the old Man­jimup Pri­mary School.

A mile­stone in the Man­jimup Se­niors Liv­ing Project was reached when it was an­nounced a sub­di­vi­sion ap­pli­ca­tion had been lodged with the Western Aus­tralian Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

THE Shire of Man­jimup and the South­ern Forests Food Coun­cil have been recog­nised as na­tional lead­ers in eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

The or­gan­i­sa­tions were cel­e­brated for their ded­i­ca­tion to­wards job cre­ation and im­prov­ing business con­fi­dence in the re­gion at the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia 2017 awards in Bal­larat, Vic­to­ria.

MAN­JIMUP and Bridgetown Green­bushes smashed the postal vote av­er­age in the WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Elec­tion on Satur­day.

Man­jimup Shire Coun­cil’s west ward achieved the third high­est par­tic­i­pa­tion rate in the State.

Novem­ber

THE re­gion’s potato grow­ers and in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives have joined forces to in­ves­ti­gate a 10,000tonne seed potato ex­port agree­ment with Egypt as a way to rein­vig­o­rate the in­dus­try.

A del­e­ga­tion of grow­ers, Kon Peos, Pa­trick Fox, and Aaron Chap­man, WA Pota­toes chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Si­mon Moltoni and De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries rep­re­sen­ta­tive An­drew Tay­lor, will travel to Egypt be­fore the end of the year to dis­cuss the pro­posal.

THE life-sav­ing RAC Res­cue He­li­copter has been se­cured for the South West with the an­nounce­ment of $27.9 mil­lion State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing for the next three years.

Un­der the 2017-18 State Bud­get, the Bun­bury-based res­cue he­li­copter ser­vice was not funded past this fi­nan­cial year, which re­sulted in a Na­tion­als-led cam­paign to save the ser­vice that in­cluded a pe­ti­tion.

AN ac­com­mo­da­tion project pro­posed for the Man­jimup CBD is draw­ing cau­tious ap­proval from peo­ple in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try.

The de­vel­op­ment is pro­posed for the old Jaycees Park and would of­fer 20 to 50 business class rooms in a move that is de­signed to boost tourism in the re­gion.

De­cem­ber

A CORO­NER will take six months to make a rul­ing on the decade-along mys­tery sur­round­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of four peo­ple from Nan­nup, but says his pre­dis­po­si­tion is that the group is still alive.

A three-day coro­nial in­quest into the dis­ap­pear­ance and “sus­pected deaths” of in­ter­net cult leader Gary Fel­ton, his part­ner Chantelle McDougall, this daugh­ter Leela and friend Tony Popic was held in Bus­sel­ton.

WA Pre­mier Mark McGowan was in Man­jimup to of­fi­cially open the State’s only com­mer­cial wal­nut pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity.

Omega Wal­nuts wel­comed a crowd of in­dus­try lead­ers and community rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the open­ing of the fa­cil­ity, which will pack­age about 110 tonnes of wal­nuts a year.

COMMUNITY out­rage has fol­lowed the State Gov­ern­ment an­nounce­ment the Bridgetown and Pem­ber­ton camp schools will close from 2019 as part of State Bud­get re­pair mea­sures.

The schools are two of six af­fected Statewide and, as part of cost­cut­ting mea­sures, the School of the Air will also close and the Level 3 Class­room Teacher pro­gram will be put on hold un­til 2020.

Man­jimup Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue mem­bers Thomas Kingston, front, Lt Michael Whitelaw, Capt. Sharon Arm­strong, Adam Jen­drszczak, Adam Fisher, ex-Capt. John Jonker and Clin­ton Bai­ley gath­ered ahead of the Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions at the Man­jimup Tim­ber and Her­itage Park in Jan­uary.

Pic­tures: Tari Jef­fers

Lee Ker­naghan's stage pres­ence, en­thu­si­asm and tal­ent en­ter­tains the crowd at the 32nd Boyup Brook Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Fe­bru­ary. Ker­naghan head­lined a line-up that in­cluded 2016 Star Maker win­ner Karin Page, Carter & Carter and Nan­nup-born Pa­trick McMa­hon.

North­cliffe artist Tony Wind­berg held two print­mak­ing work­shops as part of the third an­nual Un­earthed Pem­ber­ton Fes­ti­val in April, which cel­e­brated the arts and her­itage, ad­ven­ture and food and wine of the re­gion.

Pic­ture: Ce­cilia Allen

Back in March, James Isles en­cour­aged peo­ple to join him to shave or colour their hair to raise money for the Leukaaemia Foun­da­tion through the World’s Great­est Shave.

River Cot­tage pre­sen­ter and chef Paul West plates up a truf­fle toastie at the Truf­fle Ker­fuf­fle in June.

Pic­ture: Ce­cilia Allen

This mother na­ture-in­spired gar­ment de­signed by Man­jimup Se­nior High School Year 9 stu­dent In­dio Giles, was modelled by Ge­or­gia Jef­fery at the Man­jimup AATFA heat in Au­gust.

Pic­ture: Ce­cilia Allen

Farm man­ager Paddy El­ph­ick was thrilled Omega Pre­mium Wal­nuts had been se­lected as a win­ner in the De­li­cious Pro­duce Awards in May.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

Pauline Collins, front left, Tah­nee Conopo, Julie Kaniecki, rear left, Evy Apel­doorn, Mel War­ren, Kather­ine Mil­lar and Man­jimup shire pres­i­dent Paul Omodei cel­e­brate the Man­jimup Re­gional AquaCen­tre's AUSTSWIM State win in July.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

Man­jimup Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice's Michael Whitelaw, front left, Man­jimup SES' Brian Rene­han, Ring­bark Bush­fire Bri­gade's Michael Smith, Daniel Peters, back, left, Adam Jen­drszczak, Thomas Kingston, Jes­sica Sari­nis, Kelsie Hawkins, Paul Tem­pra and Lenny De­land­grafft en­cour­aged peo­ple to come along to the Bush­fire Street Meet in Coro­na­tion Park in Novem­ber.

Man­jimup Cherry Har­mony Fes­ti­val MCs Wy­att Nixon-Lloyd, Jon Doust and Jor­dan Pig­gott fin­ished up at the Long Ta­ble Soiree at New­tons Or­chards ear­lier this month.

Doris Dono­van was a guest of hon­our in Oc­to­ber at the turn­ing of the sod for the San­dra Dono­van Sound Shell, named af­ter her late daugh­ter San­dra.

Pic­ture: Ce­cilia Allen

Nayte Raw­son, 2, en­joyed get­ting his hands dirty at the launch of the Stel­lar Vi­o­lets na­ture Play­group in Septem­ber.

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