In the Papers this Week February 13th 2012

Governor Visits Fire Zone

Last week, WA Governor Malcolm McCusker made his first official visit to the South West. During his trip, the governor and his wife Tonya McCusker met with Ray Colyer, the president of Augusta Margaret River Shire, and CEO Gary Evershed to talk about SuperTown plans and see the newly-opened shire offices. The couple also visited the fire hit areas of Gnarabup, Prevelly and Isaacs Ridge and was briefed on recovery efforts.

South West Gets Ready For Beer Fest

Thousands of visitors are expected to converge on the 3 Oceans Palandri Estate, Cowaramup, for the maiden South West Craft Beer Festival scheduled for the February 25-26 weekend. Twelve Australian breweries, six of them from the Margaret River region, will exhibit 44 of their best beers at the fest, together with numerous different food vendors. There will also be live music at the event to entertain visitors.

Government Announces $250,000 To Assist Tourism

A state government-financed tourism marketing campaign costing $250,000 will help in selling the Margaret River region to the people of Perth by advertising the fact that “we’re open for business”. Ray Coyler, president of the Augusta Margaret River Shire, commended Sunday’s announcement from Minister for Tourism Kim Hames to offset a 9% downturn in hotel bookings since the bushfires last year.

Young Leos Make It Big

Are you someone who loves assisting others? Then you should think about becoming a Leo. The Margaret River Lions will set up a Leos Club to encourage young people to help the local community. This is a great opportunity to have fun and acquire new skills whilst establishing a lifelong passion to help those in need. Leo Club’s activities will include regular meetings, social functions as well as service projects.

Shire Contemplates U3A Possibility

The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River is looking for members interested in contemplating the potential for a U3A (University of the Third Age). U3A is a not-for-profit, voluntary, global organisation with an aim to offer low-cost education to older people as well as those with a disability. There aren’t any formal admission requirements, awards or examinations. The shire will help set up the group by holding an information session in March. Those interested should call Erin Statz at 9780 5239 or email estatz@amrshire.wa.gov.au by February 29th.

Wildlife Donations For FAWNA

Margaret River residents have shown their generous side for the wildlife destroyed by last year’s bushfires, donating $2525 in one month at Margaret River IGA for the FAWNA Bushfire Rescue Appeal. Around $2000 of the total amount came from customers’ donations while $400 from sales of plastic bags. According to FAWNA President Jeff Falconer, the money will be used for funding a triage centre for wildlife in danger.

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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