In the papers this week August 20th 2012

Late Night Woolworths Construction Annoys Residents

Cimeco, the builder and designer of Woolworths shopping complex in Margaret River, has made an apology for violating construction permit conditions and irritating the local community on Fri, August 10th with after-hours noise and light. Four complaints were received by Augusta Margaret River Shire after the second significant concrete pour on premises ran five hours after a 7.00pm curfew.  The council is looking into the complaints to see whether Cimeco exceeded acceptable noise levels. Cimeco’s permit allows construction work Monday-Saturday 7.00am-7.00pm.

Challenges Ahead For Winemakers, Warns Expert

Challenging vintages and volatile climate conditions face winemakers in the south west, according to Finlaysons’ 20th annual Wine Roadshow about to tour Margaret River. Will Taylor, Finlaysons’ wine partner, said the vintage 2012 “generally produced very good quality, but was low yielding and presented some significant quality challenges in some areas”. Taylor will be part of a team of four expert wine speakers at the Watershed Wines on Fri, August 31st. If you are interested in attending the wine roadshow, go to or call Jennifer Sothman at 08 8235 7769 or email jennifer.sothman­@finlay­ .au.

Hoppers In High Spirits

FREO Grasshopers are holding their spirits high as they wait for summer and the launch of their latest EP entitled Taking You Home Tonight. Leadman SilvaDee, drummer Mark Johnson, bassist Junior D’Silva and keyboard player John Towell stick to their slogan , “Give them a great time!”, at each gig, and it is obvious. Their song Money Money was a huge hit at shows, and fans have made advanced-bookings for the EP. You can see them perform live at Settlers Tavern in Margaret River on Friday, August 24th.

Agricultural Show Ready To Go

Following a wobbly start, preparations are well underway for Margaret River Agricultural Society Show on Fri, October 19th and Sat, October 20th. With a very different location to work with and loss of some valued and experienced members of Agricultural Society’s show committee, it has been an uphill task for new president Kylie Kennaugh. Some new members joined the committee who introduced a new dynamic and set of ideas to plan this year’s event. For details go to

Prevelly Holiday Home Wins Award

A luxurious chalet and holiday home set on almost two hectares near Prevelly has received the “indulgence” category award for Western Australia at the inaugural Stayz Group vacation rental awards. Ooi House, constructed by architect Kerry Hill, features ceiling-to-floor glass walls to offer ocean and river views and an eco cooling system with 30 centimetre thick rammed earth walls and very lofty ceilings.

Students Have A Good Time At Science Week

It was students teaching younger students at Margaret River Montessori Primary School last Thursday, as upper primary students conducted science experiments with junior and middle grades for National Science Week. Students performed energy-based experiments such as marble flicking, paper windmills as well as paper-clip clown models which moved using magnets. Organised by CSIRO and SciTech, National Science Week titled “alternative energy for all” was held from August 11th to 19th. Upper primary teacher Tallisen said that the event aimed to “promote awareness of people in the world who have no energy.”

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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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