In the papers this week January 09th 2012

Dates For Drug Aware Pro

Surfing’s elite from around the world will gather at Surfer’s Point to compete in WA’s biggest surfing event in March. Australian heroes Owen Wright, Bede Durbidge and Mick Fanning are expected to compete in the Telstra Drug Aware Pro 2012, together with homegrown favourites Yadin Nicol and Taj Burrow. The Pro will run from March 18th to 25th and draw some of the world’s finest surfers to Margaret River. A range of other events will take place around the surfing competition, including an arts and music festival.

Monster Auction

Leeuwin Lions Club will hold its yearly Monster Auction on Saturday, Jan 21st, at Lion’s shed located on Hillview Road, Augusta. The event will feature two registered boats, a 20 feet fiberglass boat, a windsurfer, canoes, home goods, fridges, cupboards, televisions, washing machines and much more. Doors will open at 8.30 am and the auction will begin at 9 am. There will be refreshments for sale including cold drinks, morning teas and hot dogs.

Police Pleased With Drivers

Police in Margaret River on Saturday night launched a weekend blitz around the town with a pleasing result- out of the 163 drivers stopped, not a single one was charged with drunk driving. According to Sergeant Jim Armstrong, it was an impressive turnaround from the Xmas season. “It was pretty unusual. Maybe the message is finally getting through to people, or it might be a bit of a fluke. It was pleasing.”

River Festival Receives Grant

The Augusta River Festival received another boost recently with an announcement of a grant by Lotterywest. Last week the committee met at Blackwood River foreshore close to Colourpatch Café, the venue of the event scheduled for Sunday March 4th, to get a cheque of AUD $7952 from John Atkins, chairman of Lotterywest. The festival will be a one-day event featuring land and water-based activities for the entire family to enjoy.

Limits Reduced For Marron Season

New regulations have been announced for the Marron season that started last Sunday and will last until 12 o’ clock noon on February 5th. The Department of Fisheries & Recfishwest have introduced a possession limit change and a lowered daily bag limit in order to deal with constantly changing environment conditions. Nathan Harrison, Fisheries Manager at the Department of Fisheries, said: “For the new season the daily bag limit will be reduced from 10 to eight marron and the possession limit will drop from 20 to 16 marron in non-trophy waters.”

Good Vintage Expected If Weather Remains Dry

Margaret River winemakers are hoping that the weather will remain dry for the next few weeks as they get ready to harvest the vintage for this year. Up to now, everything seems fine with fruit picking due to begin in around five weeks. David Rankin, owner of Vinepower, said that many people were geared up to conduct the picking this year, particularly visitors from France. “It’s looking good, the crops are not as heavy as sometimes last year, but it’s still looking good,” he said.

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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