In the Papers this Week August 12th 2013

Man Arrested Over Assault, Kidnapping In Margaret River

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A 17-year old teen from South Lakes was charged with the assault and abduction of a Margaret River resident. He will now appear before Fremantle Children’s Court on August 15th. Busselton Detectives charged the boy after he was identified as part of the group that attacked 20-year-old Joseph Berriman in July. Investigation is continuing to track down the other men involved. Anybody with information on the incident has been asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.

South West WA Gets Over $270mn In State Budget
The south west WA has been allocated over $270mn in the state budget, with a strong focus on infrastructure and health. Around $40mn will go towards roadworks on Bunbury Port Access Road, external ring-road and Collie’s infamous black spot– Coalfields Highway. Augusta will get over $18mn for a boat harbour, with support from the Royalties for Regions program. Academic facilities in Denmark, Albany, Katanning and Mount Baker have also received funding for upgrades.

Augusta, Nannup Join Regional Radio Family
Starting from August 01st, Augusta and Nannup communities are enjoying local programs live from the Bunbury-based ABC South West studios for the first time. By tuning in to 98.3FM in Augusta or 98.1FM in Nannup, you will be able to keep yourself up to date with local news, talkback, events, weather and important information during emergencies like bushfires direct from ABC in Bunbury- more local and relevant than ever before.

Good News For Campers
Tourists and families can expect to enjoy upgraded amenities, improved access to WA’s national parks and better advice on camping and caravanning after a $40.7mn pledge to the environment and tourism in the state government’s budget this year. $21mn of this amount will be used for improving visitor and camping facilities in national parks. The budget pledge fulfills an election commitment to make low-cost vacations more accessible to WA residents, both in national parks and in terms of improved amenities for campers and caravans.

More Vigilant Planning For Prescribed Burns
The Office of Bushfire Risk Management announced recently that more careful planning would be undertaken for prescribed burns in the future. Director Malcolm Cronstedt said that amendments have been made for the Department of Parks & Wildlife and for Fire & Emergency Services. The OBRM was set up in the wake of the 2011 bushfires that had started as a DEC prescribed burn and destroyed bush and homes in Gnarabup and Prevelly.

Taxi Driver Assaulted, Robbed in Bunbury
A taxi driver was assaulted and robbed in the early hours of morning in Bunbury last Thursday. The 42-year old driver picked up two women and a man at around 2am. He drove them to their destination and as he was returning the change for their bill, the man attempted to steal the driver’s purse before assaulting him. The trio escaped on foot and the driver had to be treated in hospital for facial injuries. Anybody with information on the incident should contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.

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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