In the Papers this Week February 20th 2012

Palmer Wines To Play Host To Vintage Festival

The countdown has begun for the annual Margaret River Wine Region Festival and Palmer Wines in Dunsborough will play host to the Vintage Festival for the second consecutive year. The pinnacle event of this four-day festival, the Vintage Festival, takes place on Sat, April 14th, from 11am to 6.30pm. This is an exciting wine and food tasting event providing guests with an opportunity to try out world-class wines from around 40 wineries whilst enjoying live music entertainment.

Golf Club Shows Its Generous Side

The Margaret River Golf Club on Monday presented donations totalling $10,000 to local emergency service groups. The club hosted a Volunteers Fundraiser on Jan 13th to raise money in the wake of last year’s bushfires. Golfers Kristie and Wayne Smith were present on the occasion and club secretary Mr. Matt O’Connell said that the many sponsors and donors must be proud of their assistance and generous donations.

Fire Art And Residents Help Healing

Over 200 residents of Gnarabup, Redgate, Prevelly and Kilcarnup gathered at the Riflebutts Reserve last Saturday evening for the inauguration of Friendly Fire, an outdoor art exhibition. Organised by shire recovery project officer Gemma Mincherton and artist Mark Heussenstamm, the event inauguration brought together members of the fire-hit community. Margaret River Lions Club also made a contribution of $1000. The exhibition will run until Mon, April 30th.

Volunteers Needed

Due to a shortage of helpers, there are fears that the annual Margaret River & Districts Agricultural Show will have to be cancelled this year. The Margaret River & Districts Agricultural Society requires a new show secretary and president as Helen Ridley, who has served as the show secretary for the last five years, is on a 12 month’s leave because of her father’s ailing health. Those interested in helping should call Helen Ridley at 9757 2221, Bob Haywood at 0427 577 511 or patron Stan Gale at 0419 832 550.

Asbestos Removal

Six fire-hit sites on the coastline were found to have asbestos, and president of Augusta Margaret River Shire Ray Colyer has provided emergency expenditure approval to have it cleaned up, cleared and removed from these sites. WA Natural Disaster Relief & Recovery Arrangements will conduct the removal of asbestos. The project is expected to cost more than $100,000 without official tender arrangements.

Millers Wins Silver

Millers Icecreamery in Cowaramup won two silver medals last week at Sydney Fine Food Awards. The announcement of the awards was made in the ice cream section of the Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Show. Millers had entered four of their ice creams and received awards for the Cowtown Coffee and Mascarpone & Wild Fig flavours. Owners Trish and Paul Miller were pleased with the awards, having started the business only 13 months ago.

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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