In the papers this week November 19th 2012

Sundowner To Observe Blaze Anniversary

A community sundowner will be held at Riflebutts Reserve, Prevelly on November 23rd to commemorate one year since Margaret River fires destroyed 47 houses and damaged another 106. Starting at 5.00 pm, the event will feature live music, a ritual replanting of Norfolk Island pine, the introduction of a commemorative sculpture and a 47 birdhouse art exhibition. Shire president Ray Colyer has invited everyone to attend. For details contact Gemma at 9780 5269 or gmincherton@amrshire.wa.gov.au.

Rehabilitation Planned For Coastline

Works planned by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River to rehabilitate the coast include stairs/boardwalks at Mitchell Drive, Grunters and Breeze Cove, further weed control, revegetation for winter 2013, landscaping and setting up of a demonstration garden featuring native plants. The shire has received funds worth $300,000 from the Australia Government’s Caring for our Country initiative through the South West Catchments Council. The money will help the Shire finance items like revegetation, erosion and weed control, and construction of some new beach access points.

One Year On: Community Exhibition

Bushfire Recovery Working Group brings you a community exhibition of art, sculpture and photographs one year on from Margaret River bushfires. The exhibition will run from Thu, November 22nd to Sun, November 25th at the Community Resource Centre, Tunbridge Street. There will be a viewer’s choice award and a silent auction of photographs on canvas, with all proceeds going to community recovery initiatives. For details call Gemma at 9780 5269 or email gmincherton@amrshire.wa.gov.au.

Isaac’s Ridge To Be Resurrected

A year after nine holiday chalets were burnt down at Isaac’s Ridge, the owners are hoping to bring the site back to life and get approval for rezoning it as a residential compound. The site was originally home to 10 chalets, a  reception area as well as approval for a restaurant/gallery space, but following last year’s fires, just one chalet was left unharmed. The chalets are individually owned and run for rentals as an integrated vacation compound with an onsite booking office and reception.

Blaze Memories Still Keeping Holidaymakers Away

Last November’s Margaret River fires couldn’t have happened at a worse period for the area’s tourism sector. Just a few days before the start of summer and peak tourist season, the blaze destroyed or damaged several local businesses and caused a downturn in economic activity. In the subsequent months what would’ve been a flood of vacationers turned into a sluggish holiday period. Speaking of this issue, Simon Ambrose, the CEO at Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association, said, “The fires really affected tourism because people stopped coming down here not only because of the concern about fires but because word had got out that people were affected by them.”

World’s Top Surfers To Compete In Margs

The world’s finest surfers will now participate in Drug Aware Margaret River Pro after the Association of Surfing Professionals granted the WCT status to the competition. The world’s top 18 ranked female and top 32 ranked male surfers will compete in Margaret River, with the event expanding to a 12-day competition from the present seven. The WCT status for the competition will start for the men’ event in 2014 and for the women’s event next year, extending until 2017 for both.

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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