In the Papers this Week – August 20th 2011

Settlers Tavern’s Best In Entertainment

Settlers Tavern has won the award for Best Entertainment Venue in Australia from Australian Hotels Association National Awards for Excellence. Tavern owners Rob and Karen Gough were present at the awards-giving ceremony in Sydney over the weekend. They have previously won this title for the venue in the Western Australia category, but now the win is countrywide. Fellow West Australians- Burswood Entertainment Complex, Eco Beach Wilderness Resort, Eplanade Hotel Fremantle and Cable Beach Club Resort- also won top venue awards.

Margaret River Amongst Top Seven Tourism Regions In Australia

The South West and Margaret River has been named one of Australia’s top seven tourism regions. The six other regions are all located in Queensland, NSW and on the East Coast. Senator Nick Sherry, Minister Assisting for Tourism, said the seven regions accounted for around 21% of overall tourism spending in the country. The regions- the NSW South Coast, NSW Mid North Coast, Northern Rivers in NSW, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast in Queensland, and the South West- were identified in a recent study by Tourism Research Australia.

Together In Good Faith

For the fourth consecutive year, Church Together will be organised on Friday, Sep 2nd at 7.00 pm at the Margaret River Cultural Centre. A celebration of life, fellowship and faith, the event is held by representatives from local churches. The theme for the night will be “The Blessing” and guest orator Pastor John Bond from Lifestreams Christian Church in Perth will discuss “keys to seeing blessing in the wider church”. Every member of the society is invited to attend the event.

Lighthouses Turn Pink For Breast Care

Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin lighthouses turning pink has raised around $4000 on Saturday evening for the McGrath Foundation, a breast cancer support charity. Hundreds of people visited Cape Leeuwin from 4.00 pm for the “Illuminate” event, run by Act Belong Commit, and simultaneously presented by the tourism associations of Geographe Bay and Augusta Margaret River at both the lighthouses. The event coincided with the International Lighthouse Day.

Karridale Projects Completed

The $1.125mn refurbishment at Karridale Primary School was declared finished and opened officially last Friday. School Principal Fiona Cormack told parents, students and guests, including Augusta-Margaret River Shire president Ray Colyer and MP for Blackwood-Stirling Terry Redman, that the renovation involved tiling, recarpeting, repainting and modifications to the water supply. But the main project was the construction of new canteen and covered assembly area, Cormack said. The ceremony included performances by music students and the school choir.

Bike Ride Raises Money

Ken John and Les Bumbak, members of Leeuwin Lions Club, have raised nearly $5,000 this month for the Royal Flying Doctor Service by finishing a 1600-kilometre Postie Bike Challenge on roads between Meekatharra and Carnarvon. Ken, 56, and Les, 59, from Karridale were amongst six other participants- all riding Honda 1100cc “postie” bikes meant for city use- who raised over $15,000 in total. Their task was to collect letters written by students of East Carnarvon Primary School and deliver them to schools at Meekathara, Gascoyne Junction and Burringurrah Aboriginal community.

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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