In the Papers this Week December 12th 2011

Dates Chosen For Wine Festival

The Margaret River Wine Region Festival 2012 will be held over four days, from April 13th to 16th, with Vintage Festival once again hosted by Palmer Wines in Dunsborough on April 14th. Margaret River Wine Industry Association vice president Stuart Watson said this week, “We are excited with the way the Wine Festival is shaping up for 2012 in showcasing Margaret River wines.” The festival will officially begin on the afternoon of April 13th, with a Long Table Lunch hosted by Leeuwin Estate.

Shortage Of Drivers Causing Taxi Delays

A driver shortage is hindering the operations of Margaret River Taxis during one of its busiest periods of the year. In view of this situation, Manager Julie Low has urged those in need of taxis to remain patient and, whenever possible, for people attending functions and parties to arrange their transport themselves to allow taxis to pick up an entire complement of passengers as opposed to repeatedly returning to the same point for collecting one or two people each time.

High School Students Win $1000

Margaret River High School students Maddison Valesini and Eli Sutton will each receive $1000 as winners of this year’s WA Government’s Best & Brightest prize. They are amongst the 186 graduates who will get a cash award for their achievements from the Department of Education. Maddison won the prize for Vocational Education & Training studies whilst Eli for his WA Certificate of Education examination. The winners will get their cheques in January 2012.

Name Change For Caves House

The renowned Caves House Hotel based in Yallingup now has a new management and new name. Receiver managers, KordaMentha, took over the hotel’s operational control this week. The establishment was recently named Western Australia’s Best Regional Venue by the Seashells Hospitality Group. Cliffe Rocke of KordaMentha said that the change of name to Yallingup Caves Hotel was part of operational change.

Leeuwin Lions Mark 40 Years Of Operation

Leeuwin Lions Club’s members have been carrying out good works around the Augusta Margaret River region for four decades. Around 170 Lions were joined by their friends from Leeuwin club and members of clubs all over the Lions’ district, from Esperance to Perth, to celebrate the occasion with a 40th birthday dinner hosted at Centennial Hall in Augusta last Saturday. Leeuwin Lions’ charter president Doctor John Williams and present president Jim Challis welcomed guests to the event.

Yacht Crew Rescued

Four volunteers from the Augusta Sea Search & Rescue Group risked big swells and gale-force winds to steer a yacht to safety. Commodore Marty Graco of the Augusta Sea Search & Rescue Group said that the 12-metre yacht had three persons on board and was bound for Melbourne when it experienced problems whilst sailing in waters off the south western coastline near Cape Leeuwin. The commodore also said that the passengers didn’t have an elaborate map and called Augusta-Margaret River Shire Council for assistance.

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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