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Fifty editions and 13 years in
They say one year of publishing is
equal to seven years of normal life. I
started Scoop when I was 29 so that
makes this my 120th birthday and -- as I complete this
editorial one day before print, facing up to a screaming
editor and frantic art director, and with four magazines
on deadline -- I am feeling every one of them. So much
for the glamorous life of publishing!
But it has been a fascinating journey and Perth
and Western Australia are endlessly interesting
subjects to cover. Despite having eight separate
magazine titles and 15 editions a year, our problem
is not filling space but rather trying to fit it all
in -- having to cull interesting editorial and choose
between all the new and exciting developments to
include is the hardest job of all.
Western Australia is now on the cusp of great
change and at a real turning point in history. We
are blessed with isolation, a small population, social
and political stability and insatiable demand for our
seemingly inexhaustible resource reserves. Our ma-
jor challenges will be managing growth, minimising
bureaucracy, freeing up supply and ensuring that
the economic and social benefits of the next boom
are spread throughout the wider community.
Compare this with the social and economic
challenges faced by the UK, Europe and much of
the developed and developing world, and you real-
ise how lucky WA is to have a future that is reason-
ably assured for the next 20 years and more.
No wonder there are so many people trying to
Equally exciting is the development of regional
WA. Increasing wealth and development is stimu-
lating the exponential growth and sophistication
of regional centres, such as Bunbury which is now
the fastest growing city in Australia.
New travel and hospitality facilities are develop-
ing and in November, Lonely Planet nominated
the south west region of WA as one of the top 10
So where to from here...
text david hogan « illustration mike rigoll
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