In the Papers this Week April 16th 2012

Molloy’s Female Firefighters

The Molloy Island Bush Fire Brigade has hired three new female recruits, following the bushfire threat faced by the island in December last year due to which all local residents had to be evacuated. New members Ruth Combley, Robyn Edwards and Shirley Robertson finished their preliminary FESA education in February this year, and on April 12th, they were exposed to a “hot” fire for the first time during a training drill. The new recruits are eager to help the brigade with various burns carried out during off-season to cut down on the island’s fuel loads.

Rifle, Ammunition Stolen

A rifle was stolen along with a few rounds of ammo from a property in Nillup last Wednesday night. Augusta police is urging the local community to report any suspicious firearm activity. Those with information on the incident should call 97581474 or 131444 and quote ref. no. 1204 1209 2013 538. Sgt. Matt Leishman has asked those with licensed weapons to make sure they are correctly secured at all times.

Man Charged With Physical Attack

A resident of Mandurah was charged with physical attack occasioning bodily harm following an incident at Karridale Tavern last Sunday. Sgt. Matt Leishman said that a lady was at the tavern with her kids and the man, who is a relative. As she went inside the lavatory, the man lashed out at the door that hit her on the face, resulting in an injury that required stitches. The man will now appear in the Margaret River Magistrates Court next month.

Wine Festival A Huge Success

Perfect weather and record crowds made the Margaret River Wine Region Festival 2012 over the weekend a huge success. According to event manager Mr. John Bradbury, record crowds attended Margaret River Sidewalk Street Fiesta on Friday and Vintage Festival at the Palmer Wines on Saturday. The Long Table Lunch that was held on Friday at Leeuwin Estate to start off the festival also attracted a large number of people.

Fourteen wineries joined hands with the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association and main street traders to hold produce and wine tastings in the visitor centre and shops, street stalls exhibited bric-a-brac and hand-made artefacts, several performers and bands played on the footpath whereas the Rio Margarita band did numerous laps of the main street for getting everybody into a jovial mood.

Clinic For Junior Netball Players

The Margaret River Netball Association will host a free coaching clinic for junior players at the recreation centre this Saturday, starting from 9.30am. The program will be suitable for players from grades 3-7, and has been organised as a warm-up for the upcoming season. The clinic will cover court knowledge and basic skill development, but mainly is for the girls to meet other players and have some fun. Those interested can contact Julie Hughes at 0447 939 411.

Tourism Plan Revealed For Feedback

A plan guiding the South West Development Commission to strengthen the regional tourism industry has been revealed for industry feedback. Known as Tourism Futures South West, this document proposes a course of action, and highlights opportunities for developing the tourism industry. Goals include attraction development, such as redeveloping Jewel Cave, and improving access, such as Busselton Regional Airport and Margaret River Perimeter Road. Those who want to give their feedback on the plan can find the document at www.swdc.wa.gov.au and send their comments to Mr. Mark Exeter on mark.exeter@swdc.wa.gov.au by Mon, May 7th.

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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