In the papers this week February 4th 2013

Playgroup To Welcome New Families

Margaret River Playgroup is looking forward to welcoming new families at its Open Day on February 13th, from 9.30am to 11.30am. The playgroup runs sessions for kids aged 0-5 each week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9.30am to 11.30am. It offers a warm indoor playground for cold days and plenty of safe outdoor space for summer. There is a tunnel, cubby house, art supplies and new outdoor and indoor toys. For details call 0403 216 240 or email

Students Return To School

Students of all ages returned to their schools on Monday, ready for a new year of learning. They were excited to start fresh after a well deserved break and meet old friends they hadn’t seen over the holiday. Around 416,000 students across Western Australia headed to classrooms at public and private schools. This also marks the first year that pre-primary education is compulsory in the state.

Beer Festival Set To Entertain

The best of Margaret River craft brewers will join hands to celebrate the region’s beer, music and produce at next week’s South West Craft Beer Festival. Taking place on February 16-17 at 3 Ocean Winery, the event will allow attendants to enjoy gourmet delights as well as sample traditional pilsners and pale ales. There will be entertainment for just about everybody with local produce vendors, brewery tents, music stage and a kids’ amusement area (only on Sunday). Adult day passes are priced at $25 and can be purchased from

Capes Volunteers Return To Work

The Capes Volunteer Team returns to work on Wednesday following a well-deserved summer break. Heading back to the coast, the volunteers will continue their rehabilitation work in regions affected by the Margaret River fires in 2011. Over 600 hours of volunteering has been completed since the federal government provided funds for fire recovery, via the South West Catchments Council. The club is always open to new members. Those interested can call 9757 2202, or visit

Cool Climate Claims Yields

Wineries around the Margaret River region are anticipating a lower yield this year due to a cooler than usual spring, according to Nigel Gallop, the president of Margaret River Wine Industry Association. Mr Gallop said that bunch counts showed a minor reduction in yield, more likely because of the cooler spring weather during the flowering season. “This will lead to a reduction in yields in vineyards throughout the Margaret River region but it is difficult to estimate final tonnage for 2013 when compared to 2012’s 35,000 tonnes,” he said.

Police Seeking Fire Information

Police are investigating a suspicious blaze that occurred last Friday at the Rotary Park at around 5.15 pm. The blaze began about 30 metres down a trail into the bush, but was instantly extinguished by volunteer firefighters. Police are hoping that there were witnesses to how the blaze began in the famous park. Anybody with information has been asked to get in touch with police at 9757 2222.

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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