Busselton Mail key moments - November 2021 in review

'Solving labour shortages' - November 17, 2021

South-West hospitality businesses seeking staff for the busy summer period were invited to sign up to a new campaign to address critical labour shortages in one of WA's most popular holiday destinations.

The campaign was developed by the South West Development Commission (SWDC) to help the region's businesses tackle the task of sourcing employees ahead of the peak holiday season.

The initiative sees regional schools partner with local government and industry to boost the pool of casual hospitality workers.

The 'ctrl your summer job' campaign is helping teenagers aged 14-17 to take up summer jobs in the region over the holidays. Photo: Rachel Kucera

The 'ctrl your summer job' campaign is helping teenagers aged 14-17 to take up summer jobs in the region over the holidays. Photo: Rachel Kucera

'Arts centre to go ahead' - November 30, 2021

City of Busselton council approves Broad Construction to build Performing Arts and Convention Centre

City of Busselton ratepayers will not see a five per cent increase in their rates next financial year as a result of the Performing Arts and Convention Centre, according to mayor Grant Henley.

Mr Henley said the City was not just reliant on rates with which to pay for the centre.

The construction of the $38 million centre was confirmed at a council meeting on November 24, when councillors awarded the tender to Broad Construction.

An artist impression of a fashion show at the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre. Photo supplied by City of Busselton.

An artist impression of a fashion show at the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre. Photo supplied by City of Busselton.

'Forced out of work: Regional housing crisis deepens' - 23 November, 2021

Margaret River manager faces job loss as housing crisis deepens

"Being forced out of my job, leaving my parents when they need me the most, leaving friends and losing my self worth."

Those are just some of the mental health hurdles Margaret River local James Burke says he has to look forward to in coming months, as the state's housing crisis continues to affect thousands of tenants.

The 56-year-old moved to the South West 18 months ago, after securing a high level management position in the region and making the decision to live closer to his ageing parents.

REIWA Deputy President Joe White; National Shelter's Adrian Pisarski; Just Home Margaret River members; Vasse MLA Libby Mettam with Dunsborough resident Richard Wain, who addressed Busselton city council in March to highlight the ongoing housing crisis. Photos Supplied.

REIWA Deputy President Joe White; National Shelter's Adrian Pisarski; Just Home Margaret River members; Vasse MLA Libby Mettam with Dunsborough resident Richard Wain, who addressed Busselton city council in March to highlight the ongoing housing crisis. Photos Supplied.