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* AFTER attracting the 2001 International Bloodless Medicine and Surgery (IBMS) Conference to Perth, the Perth Convention Bureau has won its second online bid with the 2003 International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) Conference. This conference, which should use the proposed dedicated Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, is expected to attract 500 delegates and generate more than $1.27 million in delegate expenditure. The IBMS conference, which has never before been held in Australia, is expected to attract 800 delegates and inject more than $2 million into the local economy in direct delegate expenditure.

* THE South Central Metropolitan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, which operate under the Local Chambers banner, established another Chamber for the CanningVale area at Tuesday night’s annual general meeting, following strong membership support from local businesses. The new Chamber will be formed out of the existing Canning Chamber and already has about 100 members. The first president appointed is Pat Cannon for MM Electrical. Local Chambers executive director Charles Bellow said the membership of the Local Chambers had grown quickly from 20 in 1997 too more than 400 today. The new Chamber brings the number of chambers within the Group to five and includes Belmont, Canning, South Perth and the Victoria Park chambers.

* ROKEBY Road will be closed to traffic and transformed to stage the first WA jazz festival to be hosted by the Subiaco Council. Street musicians will entertain and performances will spread into the businesses along Rokeby Road. Subiaco Wine Bar has scheduled entertainment for mid-afternoon, Dymocks Bookstore will host a performance in front of the store, Bridie O’Rielly’s is extending its licensed areas to host two performances during the day, and Oriel Café and Brasserie will also host entertainment.

* FIVE senior achievers from WA have been honoured in the 2000 Senior Australian of the Year Awards. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Rob Johnson presented certificates signed by Prime Minister John Howard to champion swimmer Judith Drake-Brockman, poet and story-teller Arthur Leggett, former Bunbury mayor Ernest Manea, youth, frail aged and disability advocate Pat Morris and Skillshare founder and youth worker Laura Tolliday.

Mr Johnson said the recipients were outstanding examples of active citizenship.

“These are people who have spent a lifetime pursuing both individual and community goals,” the Minister said.

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