In the Papers this Week December 5th 2011

Fire Inquiry Head To Visit Margaret River

Former Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Keelty, who has been appointed to lead the inquiry into the Margaret River blaze, will visit the region and meet the local community on Sunday. Mr. Keelty, who also investigated Perth Hills fire earlier this year, is due to attend a community gathering at the Margaret River Recreational Centre basketball courts at 4.00pm to discuss the independent investigation into what caused the Margaret River fires with residents and hear their opinions.

Margaret River Wins Best Town Award

Whilst still trying to recover after bushfires that destroyed over 40 properties and burnt nearly 4000 hectares, Margaret River was awarded the “Best Town in Australia” at the Australian Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2011. Presented last week in Sydney, the awards are the sole consumer awards relating to tourism in Australia. Elisabeth Knowles, editor of Australian Traveller, said on the occasion: “These awards are voted for by the most important people in the industry – the travellers themselves.”

Shed Filled With Fire Relief Donations

A food, clothes and tools bank has been set up by The Margaret River Lions Club to assist the people affected by the recent bushfires. Situated at 43 Station Rd., this is a shed filled with donations particularly for people who have lost their homes in the blaze. Liz Foster, the club’s second vice president, said the Lions had been amazed by the large number of items donated by both the residents of Margaret River and outsiders. They have filled the shed with toiletries, clothes, gardening tools, cleaning equipment, toys, books, pillows, quilts, food items and more.

Shark Petrol Begins

A copter service set up by the Surf Life Saving Western Australia has begun patrolling. The copter will provide aerial surveillance seven days a week between Margaret River and Bunbury. Copter crew will patrol the coastline and watch out for sharks, marine life, rip currents, distressed swimmers and other emergencies. Patrolling will be done for at least three hours every day, between 6.30-4.00pm, until late January. Moreover, lifeguard patrols are going on seven days a week since last Monday at Yallingup and Smiths Beach.

Wine Industry Shows Gratitude To Volunteer Fire Controllers

The Margaret River Wine Industry Association has expressed gratitude on behalf of the industry to all the volunteer fire controllers, emergency services crew, related organisations as well as government agencies that worked hard during the recent fire emergency. Stuart Watson, the association’s vice president, said this week: “It was the collective effort of these people working as a team who saved our region.” According to him, no vineyard land was lost and only less than five hectares had been “singed” or “scorched”.

Search For Looters

A fishing rod, generator and some tools went missing from a shed at Wallcliffe Road during the recent Margaret River bushfires. Police has asked anybody who has taken these items to get in touch with them. Meanwhile, police has also been informed of the presence of strangers in some of the fire-hit areas. Constable Jim Armstrong believes they are likely to be persons “stickybeaking” as opposed to looters.

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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