In the papers this week August 13th 2012

Police Shortage Matter Of Concern

Severe shortage of policemen in the South West is due to a faulty regional district incentive and allowance scheme, said Mick Murray, opposition spokesperson for the South West. Police stations throughout the area are unable to fill up vacancies since the government’s district incentive scheme offers around $30,000 to $40,000 additional income and guaranteed residence for police officials in the northern part of the state, whereas those in the south lose out. “Why would a police officer take up a position in Bunbury when he or she is not provided with a government house, plus offered a much lower salary than those officers taking up vacancies above the 26th parallel in WA,” Mr Murray said.

Beautiful Girls Bid Farewell

Beautiful Girls are embarking on a 26-date Aussie tour to mark a decade of sharing their mesmerising roots music. Sadly for many, however, this will also be their farewell tour, as the band starts pursuing other projects including guitarist/singer Mat McHugh’s solo career. With Paul Bromley on bass and Bruce Braybrooke on drums, the guys will perform at some of their favourite venues. Make sure you don’t miss the gig at Settlers Tavern on August 16th.

Nannup Flower Festival

Cuts to council funding for the annual Nannup Flower & Garden Festival couldn’t deter organisers, with the event set to inaugurate at full value on August 16th. With this year’s theme entitled ‘The Power of Flowers’, the 4-day festival will feature a variety of displays, floral art and crafts, and useful advice on home gardening. The annual event is being held since 1997, after a small tulip growing sector started adorning Nannup with beautiful flowers every August. For more information go to

Warnock Explores Solitude

Dunsborough’s emerging artist Jillian Warnock this month launched her first-ever solo exhibition with the support of local artist Michael Wise. The Shades of Solitude explores the light and dark sides of solitude. Warnock had always been keen to discover her creative side before finally deciding to take up art back in 2005. She says that Wise, her former university mentor, has played a major role in her development. You can view her works at Margaret River Cultural Centre’s Foyer Gallery until August 31st. Admission is free.

Poultry Fun In Margs

Two Oceans Poultry Club will host a pencil auction at Gloucester Park’s poultry shed on August 18th, 09-11am. Poultry of all sizes and shapes are welcome. Everyone is invited and it is an excellent event for kids. Come along to see or buy or to enjoy the wonderful birds on show. Entry is free and refreshments are available at the club canteen. For further details call Jenny at 0407 342 763.

DeepBlue’s Music Shaping Lives

Australian string rock group DeepBlue will tour Margaret River on Tuesday with a brand new show called Who Are You. Featuring moments and music that “shape our lives”, around 20 artists will remix DeepBlue originals, Gotye, Radiohead and Corelli with banging heats, rock ‘n roll and lush greens. DeepBlue will be joined by Margaret River’s Riversong for Who Are You at Margaret River Cultural Centre on Tuesday 8pm. Tickets are adults $35, friends $30 and youth $15, available at Arts Margaret River, call 9758 7316 or visit

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