In the papers this week December 24th 2012

Brigade Ready To Take On Challenges

Four new Fire & Rescue Brigades have been set up within the Capes region in Witchcliffe, Wallcliffe, Cowaramup and Yallingup. New Urban Tanker Fire Fighting equipment has also been supplied to each of these new brigades during the last two weeks. The move comes after a ministerial statement calling for new strategies and changes to deal with bushfires in the region, in the wake of the Keetly Report into last year’s Margaret River fires.

Lucky Trio Wins Big

Three lucky contestants each won an amazing Christmas gift for themselves after their entries were drawn in the Augusta-Margaret River Mail and Margaret River Chamber of Commerce’s “Win an iPad” contest last Friday. Amanda Ogilby and Taj Spencer of Margaret River and Karridale’s Wendy Campbell were excited to receive a new iPad despite there being over 800 entries. The competition was held as part of MRCCI’s Shop Local campaign that encourages shoppers to support local businesses, particularly when buying Christmas presents.

Grant For Year 7s

Hon Terry Redman MLA said last week that Royalties for Regions would ensure a smooth transition of local Year 7 students into secondary school in the year 2015 by funding necessary improvements to the Margaret River Senior High School. Royalties for Regions will make a contribution of $4.31mn of the anticipated $6.8mn needed for major improvements to prepare MRSHS for the admission of Year 7s from 2015 onward.

Council Answers Asbestos Query

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River staff has responded to a local resident’s query about asbestos found in the roof of Margaret River Football Club and Margaret River Cultural Centre. The staff confirmed that the cultural centre and footy club have asbestos roofing, saying, “It is common for older buildings to contain the material, which is a stabilised state poses no health risk. When the buildings are renovated or upgraded the shire will use suitably qualified technicians to treat and dispose of the affected material. Until then, the buildings remain fully functional and can be safely used by the community.”

Young Lions Serve Fruit Salad

Three members of Young Lions Club have been serving fresh fruit salad throughout the year at Margaret River’s Soup Kitchen. Bella Paley, Brittany Hartnett and Ella Keightley began their volunteering project earlier this year to assist the Soupie. They spend Saturday mornings raising funds with raffles at the Lions Shed sales and Sunday nights preparing fruit salad using fresh fruits including watermelon, pineapple, rockmelon, orange, honeydew, strawberries and apple, which they slice up and serve in a large bowl.

Camping Curbs

Responsible Camping Working Group is hoping that the execution of new improved compliance strategies will help in reducing illegal camping activities during this peak holiday season. Over the last year, the working group has been trying to figure out possible solutions including widening circulation of camping info pamphlets, improved signage and changing the local planning structure to allow vineyard workers to be accommodated onsite. The working group has also updated info on the Harvest Trail website and booklet to correct any inconsistencies with regard to the timing of fruit picking season, and clarify the need for lodging for those working in the region.

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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