In the Papers this Week January 23rd 2012

New Emergency Centre Gets $1mn

Over $1mn was handed over last week by the State Government for a new Margaret River State Emergency Service headquarters & regional incident control centre (ICC). Shire President Ray Colyer, Emergency Services Minister Troy Buswell and Fire & Emergency Services Authority CEO Wayne Gregson signed a contract that will see the joint centre constructed by FESA on the site of the former council-controlled Margaret River railway station, between Clarke Road and Railway Terrace, and financed by the Emergency Services Levy.

Margaret River To Host Skate Competition

The Margaret River skate park will play host to one of the twelve YMCA Drug Aware Skate contests scheduled to take place around WA this summer. Known as one of the state’s top youth amateur skateboarding competitions, and offering an opportunity to skaters to make it to the series finale in Leederville this March, the local round will be held on Sun, February 19th. Registrations for this free event will begin at 10.15am and you can also register online in advance through the YMCA website (

DNA Tests Add To Charges

Tony Young, a 40-year old man from Dalyellup, who was charged with the attempted kidnapping of a Prevelly teen last year, has been charged with more offenses after DNA tests were conducted, with regard to a rape case in 2007. According to constable Jim Armstrong, the charges will be for sneaking into a house, holding a woman hostage and raping her. The charges for the Prevelly offence include disabling with intention to commit an indictable offense and making use of optical surveillance device for the recording of private acts. The man remains in detention.

Georgia Makes It To The Final

Apprentice cook Georgia Rae Ramsay from Voyager Estate is amongst three Western Australian finalists selected for the Fonterra Foodservice Proud to be a Chef contest in Melbourne. The Year 3 apprentice will participate in three-day master classes running from February 27th to March 1st. The winner will receive an international culinary scholarship. Georgia, 19, believes that she is the youngest of all finalists and said that she takes pride in showcasing what local Margaret River apprentice cooks have to offer.

Car Seized  

Police seized a car belonging to a P-Plater last Saturday night in Cowaramup after he was found driving at 98 kilometres per hour in a 50 kilometre per hour zone. The 19-year old man from Busselton has been charged with driving an unlicensed car, reckless driving, not displaying the P plates, using false number plates and driving whilst under suspension.

Nam’s Era Comes To End

Last Sunday marked the end of an era in the Margaret River region, according to customers who have dined frequently at the Chinese restaurant on main street, which is closing down after 25 years. During the last week, some of them paid a visit to the place to eat with owner Nam (Phouc Nam Bo) for the last time. A note, displayed on the restaurant’s front gate, said that the business had been sold and that the new management would take over in February. The new restaurant will offer Indian cuisine.

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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