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* THE Tourism Commission’s Brand WA marketing campaigns employed in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and the UK during the Olympics have produced results. WATC CEO Shane Crockett said anecdotal evidence suggested the domestic campaign was generating significant interest and business. "We estimate more than two thousand passengers have so far booked holidays to WA due to this campaign," he said. The Perth Visitor Centre had booked more than $50,000 worth of holiday packages during a three-day period last fortnight. During the same period, there was a 35 per cent increase in telephone inquiries to the Centre.

* THE STARLIGHT Children’s Foundation and Giant Steps IT Charity Fund is running "Putting IT Back", a campaign to raise the profile of the IT industry and give it an opportunity to give something back to the community. The campaign involves employees donating a day’s pay or a nominated amount to the Fund. Organisations may elect to make a corporate donation matching the total amount raised by staff members, or a nominated amount. Companies currently involved include Apple, AOL Australia, Oracle, Gartner, Ariba and Compaq. There is plenty of time for other IT organisations to get involved. The official web site for the Fund has also been launched at www.itfundforkids.com

* SPONTNAEOUS Insanity is a cross between theatre and a choose-your-own-adventure story, created each night from November 14 to 25 by Perth’s leading writers, directors, actors and comedians. The events will take place at the Rechabites Hall in Northbridge.

* A CONTRIBUTION to the arts in Kununurra, gaining a state-of-the-art swimming pool for Geraldton, work with a number of Bunbury community groups and work with the visually impaired in Perth were acknowledged in the recent WA Government’s Regional Senior of the Year Awards. Five outstanding seniors – Margaret Lawson, John Brenkley, Rip Hayhow, Walter Pike and Ida Lloyd – won regional categories and will now compete for the prestigious title of 2000 WA Senior of the Year, to be announced on November 4.

* AS part of the Holmes a Court Gallery’s ongoing review program of its collection, a selection of Aboriginal works will be offered for sale from November 10 until January. Proceeds from these sales will be used to purchase indigenous art from regions and artists that are currently under-represented in the collection. Artists represented include Patrick Oldoodi, Sally Morgan, Wenten Rubjuntja, David Milaybuma, Cordula Ebatarinja and Greeny Petyare.

* INVESTMENT advisory company Hartley Poynton has opened a new office in Geraldton. The company now has 16 offices in the five mainland states, and plans to open at least three more in the current financial year. The Geraldton office is Hartley Poynton’s fifth in WA.

* THE WEST Australian Symphony’s 2001 concert season brochure is out now. There are six concert series: Summer Symphony, Masters, Great Classics, Morning Symphony, Classic Pops and the new Encounter. For further details, visit the web site at www.waso.com.au

* A JOINT exhibition exploring notions of male identity and the implications of religious iconography in a contemporary world has opened at the Fremantle Arts Centre and runs until November 12. ‘Narratives’ features a series of paintings and digital prints by Craig Hudson and Stephen Terry. ‘Shakti’ features Malila Searles’ furniture inspired by Indian poster art, Marion Ahern Fisher’s India-inspired ceramics and luscious textile upholstering by Roberta Leary.

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