In the Papers this Week August 29th 2011

Police Crackdown On Drink, People

Police in Margaret River are disappointed with drivers’ attitude towards road safety following a crackdown on drink driving and speeding over the weekend. Three persons were caught for driving without a driver’s licence, 12 for drunk-driving related offenses and 55 for speeding. Three vehicles were seized for persons driving with no authority to do so. Around 500 drivers have been breathalysed, and the majority of offenders were local residents, according to Sergeant Paul Daly.

Gnarabar More Committed

Even though Gnarabar didn’t win the top prize at Friday’s Telstra Australian Business Awards, people associated with the bar and restaurant didn’t feel defeated, according to owner Anthony Janssen. Instead, they are committed to using the exposure and opportunity to improve the quality of the hospitality sector as a career choice, and cultivate young talent, added Janssen. Gnarabar won the Western Australia Telstra Business Award for Small and Regional Business. The winner of the national award was Queensland photographic firm, Flash.

Students’ Art Festival

Art lovers should get ready for Margaret River Senior High School Arts Festival on Sep 7th and 8th to be held at Margaret River Cultural Centre. The festival, being organised by students in grades 8 through to 12, will feature dance, musical performance, short drama, rock bands, guitar ensembles and group as well as solo vocals. Tickets are priced at $15 for adults and $10 for pensioners and students. They can be bought from the school’s front office.

Woolies Prefer Shire Builder

Cimeco Pty Ltd, the firm that constructed the new Augusta-Margaret River Shire administration centre, is the preferred contractor to build Woolworths supermarket in the Margaret River region. A Cimeco spokesperson confirmed that his company was the preferred contractor and had secured a portion of the Town View Terrace super mart construction project. According to the spokesperson, Cimeco was granted the contract based on its ability to swing equipment and workers to the Woolworths site from the new administration centre after the shire project is completed.

Minister: Drift Is Profitable Investment

Drift, the surf movie filmed in Margaret River, was “potentially worth tens of millions of dollars” to Western Australia in marketing the South West and persuading foreign travellers to visit,  Minister for Culture and the Arts John Day said last week.  “Drift will show off the beautiful South West coastline to national and international viewers,” Day said, adding that the state government was very happy with its investment. The State Government had provided $1mn via the South West Development Corporation for Drift and additional funding of around $525,000 via ScreenWest.

Sixth Consecutive Win For School

Margaret River Senior High School won the Brownes Chill Western Australia School Surfing Titles championship for the sixth year in a row. On Friday last week, 25 regional and metropolitan high schools converged at Trigg Beach in Perth for their opportunity to represent their state in the upcoming Australian Junior Titles, planned for Coffs Harbour, New South Wales in December. The State Final concluded a two weeks search for the best school surfing talent in Western Australia.

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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