In the Papers this Week December 19th 2011

Residents’ Petition Calls For Wider Fire Investigation

Fifty nine local residents, many affected by the recent Margaret River bushfire in some way, signed a petition last Saturday demanding the Legislative Assembly to expand the terms of reference of the Keelty investigation into how the blaze spread out of control from a prescribed burn. The signatures were gathered from Surfers Point car park in less than two hours and the petitions are currently at the Prevelly Store and the White Elephant Café in Gnarabup.

Marmion Says No To Margaret River Coal Mine

The company running a planned coal mine in WA’s world famous wine region is assessing its options following the rejection of the bid by the state’s environment minister on Wednesday. Mr. Bill Marmion turned down the proposal by Vasse Coal Management to set up a coal mile near Margaret River because of potential environment risks. The minister followed the recommendation put forward earlier this year by Environmental Protection Authority, which warned that there could be significant risks or impacts from the proposed coal mine in the area on the Sue aquifers and Leederville.

House: Child Healthcare Move To Hospital Possible

The Margaret River Child Health services may now have to be shifted to Margaret River District Hospital after the local residents expressed their concerns over its future to the South West MLC Barry House. Earlier in the year, the relocation of the services was raised as a major issue after plans were revealed to shift the child health nurse to Margaret River Community Resource Centre from the library. According to WA Country Health, no other potential sites will be considered.

Museum’s Raffle To Raise Funds For Historic Ship Print

A donated painting of a well known sailing ship could allow the Augusta museum to create a print of a less popular, but locally significant one. Graeme Davis, curator of the museum, has started a raffle that he believes will raise sufficient funds, together with a payment from Ryall Trust, to finance an oil painting of Emily Taylor, the 200-tonne ship which brought the early settlers to the area in 1830.

Drunk Driving Warning

Police in Margaret River will work all-night shifts during the Christmas period. They apprehended five drunk drivers last Saturday night, with three of them charged with drunk driving and the other two with blood alcohol level above 0.08%. “We’re out there 24/7,” said acting sergeant Jim Armstrong. Those apprehended were all locals, and he warned that these people were putting their community in danger “The people they kill will be people they know,” Armstrong said.

“Stuff The Bus” Campaign

HotFM with the assistance of Harvey Norman Bunbury, Ausmic Pest Control and South West Coast Lines travelled around the South West recently to collect toys and food for the “Stuff The Bus” campaign, which is part of Salvation Army’s Christmas hamper appeal. They had collected enough toys and non-perishable food items to prepare 500 hampers last year, which were handed over to households around the region. They have managed to exceed that this year.

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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