In the papers this week April 30th 2012

Bushfire Kids’ Support

A support group, known as Silver Linings, is being established for teens and children affected by last year’s bushfire. The activity-based programme is designed to help youngsters learn how to cope with their feelings and thoughts on the bushfire. It is open to all kids in the community whose parents believe that they were somehow affected by the bushfire and its aftermath. The programme will be based on six sessions, during which participants will get the chance to express their feelings, enhance their coping skills and share their experiences.

Drunk Drivers

Margaret River police apprehended seven drunk drivers over the weekend, some of them visitors and some locals. According to Constable Ross Bartley, the police were worried over the fact that people weren’t using the taxis, designated drivers and Chauffeur Bus, available in the area to get them back home safe and sound. “We actively pursuing this sort of thing on Fridays and Saturdays,” Mr. Bartley said.

Three Shire Events To Receive Funding

Three annual events taking place in the Shire of Augusta- Margaret River will get State Government’s funding next year through Eventscorp. Organisers of WA Circus Festival Jan 26-28 in Karridale, the Margaret River Wine Region Festival in March or April and the South West Beer Festival in Metricup in February have succeeded in applying for Regional Events Scheme funding 2012-13. Events that have a proven record of confirmed private sponsorships, good management and are held in off-peak tourist season are given preference.

Medicines Stolen

Powerful prescription medicines stolen over the weekend from a house on Forrest Rd., Margaret River, could be harmful, even deadly, if the person who stole them chooses to experiment, according to police. According to Constable Jim Armstrong, hospital staff has warned that the medicines, including Aropax, Fentanyl and Odine, are quite powerful and could be deadly if taken together. Anybody who has the medicines or finds them has been urged to give them back.

Fire At A Holiday Resort Leaves One Unit Damaged

Fire fighters had to be called in to control a fire at Margarets Forest Holiday Apartments located on the shoulder of Bussell Highway and Tunbridge Street. The blaze started at around 11.00 am on Wednesday. Manager of the resort Asrid Horack said that the fire was contained to one unit only, and the property didn’t have to be evacuated. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Margaret River Wine Exports Bounce Back

Margaret River wine exports are showing signs of recovery following the global financial meltdown, sparked by an increase in demand from Asia. Wine Australia statistics showed that the value of the region’s wine exports increased 4% to $24mn in the year to March. One year ago, the WA Wine Industry Association launched a $1mn campaign to boost the popularity of regional wines in Asian markets, particularly China.

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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