Weekly Snapshot 9 October

Sixteen students whose work has been selected for Bunbury Regional Art Gallery’s 2017 Iluka Visions South West High Schools Exhibition attended a special Behind the Scenes at BRAG workshop. Travelling from as far away as Manjimup and Bridgetown, students gave up an afternoon of their holidays to learn about different ways to build a career in the arts.  Students got to hear first-hand from BRAG’s Director, Exhibitions Curator, Exhibitions Officer and Education Officer about what is involved in their job and the path they took to get there. They also had a special preview of the installation of the Iluka Visions Exhibition to understand what goes in to putting an exhibition together and a special tour of the City of Bunbury Art Collection.  This is the first time BRAG has run such a session for students as part of Iluka Visions, and given its success there are plans to continue to develop this program for future years.

The Bunbury Visitor Centre has been busy with accommodation bookings recently due to the number of sporting events coming to Bunbury in the first half of next year. With many of these events based around team sports, the Visitor Centre has already reached 50 per cent of its commissions target for the financial year.

Bunbury will host 16 students from Setagaya, Japan from 3 to 8 November. They will visit the new Bunbury Fire Station, Bethanie Fields Maali Social Centre, Glen Huon Primary, South Bunbury Primary and of course the Wildlife Park. Students and visiting adults will homestay for three days.

The Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre has welcomed two new volunteers. These valuable additions to the team are supporting the Museum with new research on the history of Bunbury during the Depression years and also helped with the school holiday program.

The CBD Activation Advisory Group met for the second time to formulate short-term actions as part of wider CBD revitalisation. These actions focus on a range of activities from promotion and aesthetics to activation and will be presented to Council for endorsement shortly.

Olympian Ryan Bailie has become a member of the South West Sports Centre, which will allow him to continue his off-season training regime. The triathlete has agreed to conduct an afternoon training session with Little Lappers Swim School squad classes,  two indoor RPM cycle sessions with members themed “Beat Bailie” and “Ride with Ryan”. The SWSC will also be hosting a member’s night where Ryan will provide a presentation on his experience with competition and training to get to the top of his sport.

Landscape and Open Space recently gifted turf wicket rollers to Colts Cricket Club at the Recreation Ground, Hay Park Cricket Club and Marist Cricket Club at Forrest Park. City staff previously prepared the Rec Ground pitch for Colts but this new arrangement now allows all three clubs to prepare their own wickets in their own time.