Media Releases



October 10

Shellfish forum report on-line

A report summarising June's WA Shellfish Aquaculture Industry Forum is now available.


July 22

Grant opportunity beckons

A new round of grant funding through the GSDC offers support for community-led projects that will create long-term economic growth and jobs in the region.


June 21

Shellfish on the menu

Scallops, oysters and opportunities were on the program when aquaculture industry representatives took a long look at developments in Western Australia’s shellfish aquaculture at a forum in Albany on Friday 21 June.

June 7

New appointees for GSDC Board

Albany Noongar elder Vernice Gillies and Australia Post's Annie Roberts have joined the GSDC Board as community representatives.


May 7

Four in the running for GSDC Medal

A diverse shortlist of four has been announced for the prestigious GSDC Medal, an award by the Great Southern Development Commission to honour exemplary contributions by people working the management of natural resources.


April 3

Flavour festival celebrates regional produce

Fabulous flavour from the Great Southern takes centre stage in April as Taste Great Southern rolls out its 2019 festival program.


January 4

Medal nomination deadline extended

Nominations for the prestigious GSDC Medal will be accepted until Wednesday 27 March, following an extension of the deadline.



December 5

GSDC Board appointment

Former port authorities chief Brad Williamson has been appointed to the Board of the Great Southern Development Commission.


October 30

Medal search starts

Community groups and individuals with an interest in natural resource management are invited to join the search for the next recipient of the GSDC Medal.


August 3

Ambulance equipped for heavy patients

St John Ambulance in Albany has taken delivery of a bariatric ambulance that will serve the entire Great Southern, improving the handling of people with high body mass. READ MORE


July 17

Motocross on track for new heights

Great Southern motocross riders can take their skills to a new level at the Sukey Hill motorcycle track near Cranbrook.


June 22

Local enterprise on stage

A new stage in the assembly hall at Flinders Park Primary School is one of many State Government-funded projects under a scheme that emphasises local jobs and content.


May 25

Celebrating the human voice

Denmark’s Festival of Voice, now in its 15th year, has grown to become one of the highlights on the Great Southern events calendar.

May 24

Breath pleases critics

Printed and online reviews of Great Southern-located movie Breath are adding to critical praise for Simon Baker’s directorial debut.

May 23

Albany to explore trails future

Albany will investigate its potential as a ‘trail town’ at a free community workshop on Thursday 31 May.

Trail towns are population centres that are accredited destinations featuring high quality trails for outdoor experiences, supported by appropriate facilities, signage and services.

May 8

Bloom interest

A celebration of the Great Southern's magnificent flora is taking shape for the 2018 Bloom Festival program and the organisers are open to new ideas.


March 23

Biosphere status celebrated

Outstanding biodiversity in the south coast's Fitzgerald Biosphere has been reaffirmed by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation Man and the Biosphere program.

March 19

Community enterprise opportunities

New opportunities to develop community enterprise activities have opened up following the launch of the Albany Community Enterprise Development Centre.

March 9

Festival focus on sustainability

A provocative look at food chain vulnerability is one of the highlights of the 2018 Great Southern Sustainable Living Festival program.


February 26

International perspective in speaker series

US Consul General in Western Australia Rachel Cooke will draw on decades of international experience as the first guest in the 2018 program of the Great Southern Speaker Series.

February 22

Flavoursome invitation

Great Southern food and beverage producers have put out the welcome mat for Perth people to visit the 2018 Taste Great Southern celebration of regional flavour.

February 16

Pub makes way for hub

Demolition of the former Nyabing Inn has made way for a start in March on the final stage of the Nyabing Community Hub project.

February 9

Food horizons expand

Great Southern producers recently explored innovative ways to grow the region's food economy at a design thinking workshop initiated by the Great Southern Development Commission.

February 8

Research reveals Chinese preferences

Opportunities and challenges lie ahead for Great Southern businesses aiming for a bigger share of the Chinese tourism market, according to a Curtin University researcher.


January 31

Mount Barker Campdraft Permanent Arena Fence

The annual Mount Barker Campdraft Competition was held on the Australia Day long weekend with competitors from around the state making use of the new permanent arena fence which was installed at the Frost Park Equestrian Centre late last year.

January 25

Plantagenet District Hall

A two-year project has transformed the Plantagenet District Hall into a state-of-the-art multi-purpose venue.

January 23

Hall upgrade for Kendenup

The refurbished Kendenup Agricultural Hall was officially opened by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan on Saturday 20 January.

January 16

Friends camp out to celebrate Twertup

The Twertup community has recently celebrated the completion of the Twertup Field Studies Centre after it was substantially damaged by a bushfire in 2008.