In the Papers this Week February 06th 2012

Government Says No To Vasse Coal Project

The State Government on Tuesday turned down the proposal put forward by Vasse Coal Management Proprietary Limited to set up a coal mine near Margaret River. The verdict ends more than one year of uncertainty for winemakers as well as other agricultural businesses located in the Osmington Road area. The final announcement was made by Minister of Environment Bill Marmion following necessary discussions with other ministers.

Funds Raised For Foundation

The Edwards family that runs Edward Wines handed over around $2500 recently to Deb Wilkins of the Leukaemia Foundation. The money was raised from their annual family event, Australia Day. Ms Wilkins, WA regional community relationships officer of the Leukaemia foundation, said that the funds meant a lot to the foundation. She said that contributions like these were very important to keep the organisation’s service running.  “It means we can continue to look after patients and families in regional WA and continue our service,” Ms Wilkins said.

Mega Stars At Mirrambeena

The Mega Stars Theatre Group delivered a performance on Friday last week at Mirrambeena, featuring poetry from Eileen Noakes, the song Calendar Girls, Blue Suede Shoes played by “Elvis Presley”, music from Clyde Huxtable, a gypsy dance as well as a singalong. The jam-packed audience expressed great interest in the gig, singing along and demanding encores.

Money For In Harmony

South West MLC Barry House provided a $2600 cheque last week to Arts Margaret River for the In Harmony- Food, Music, Movie Festival. The festival, due to be held on March 18th, is a joint effort of the Arts Margaret River and Margaret River Community Resource Centre, aspiring to celebrate cultural diversity, and bring together people who are linguistically and culturally diverse.

Premier: Margaret River Blaze Report Could Be Made Public By End Of Month

Mick Keelty’s investigative report into what caused the November blaze, which destroyed nine holiday chalets and 34 houses in Redgate, Gnarabup, Prevelly and Kilcarnup, could be released in three weeks’ time. WA Premier Colin Barnett said over the weekend: “It will be considered by Cabinet and will then be tabled in Parliament – which will make it a public document,” before adding, “I would hope that (report tabled in Parliament) could happen by the end of the month.” Mr. Barnett also said he didn’t know yet what was in the report.

Stevie Wonder To Perform At Sandalford Wines

Blind Motown singer/songwriter, record-producer and multi-instrumentalist, Stevie Wonder, is set to grace Sandalford Wines in Wilyabrup on March 02nd. The 61-year old legendary artist has sold more than 100 million music albums and received 22 Grammy awards- more than any other solo male musician. Grant Brinklow, the CEO of Sandalford Wines, said he expected the concert to draw 12,000 people, including interstate and overseas visitors.

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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