In the papers this week July 22nd 2013

Margaret River Shortlisted For Tourism Awards

Margaret River has been shortlisted for the GWN7 Top Tourism Awards 2013 ahead of a great line-up of contestants from all over Western Australia. Together with Denmark and Busselton, Margaret River is in the race to receive GWN7’S airtime package worth $25,000 to support their marketing initiatives to draw tourists to their region. The winners will be announced on September 20th at the GWN7 Top Tourism Award Gala Dinner in Armadale.

New TV Campaign For Margaret River

The Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association launched a new winter TV campaign last week to remind those in Perth of the charm of Margaret River as a winter vacation destination. Airing on Channel Seven, the 15-second TV ad is part of a well-rounded marketing initiative designed to raise destination awareness and improve the profile of Margaret River as a world-class tourist spot right on the doorstep of Perth. The ad will be shown during famous shows like The Morning Show, Sunrise and Escape to the Country.

Hames Gives Up Tourism Role

WA Tourism Minister Kim Hames is giving up his job, after he acknowledged wrongly claiming over $1000 for accommodation allowance, citing an administrative blunder for the claim. Hames on Sunday acknowledged he had falsely claimed accommodation expenses worth $266 on four different occasions when he stayed at his house in Perth. State Premier Colin Barnett will temporarily take up the role until a suitable replacement is found.

Underwater Hockey Club Gets Funding Grant

The Margaret River Underwater Hockey Club received a funding boost recently from the McDonald’s GWN7 Junior Sports Trust. The club plans to use the money to pay for new equipment and a new pool. The McDonald’s GWN7 Junior Sports Trust offers grants for sports equipment and the promotion and development of sporting events. The organisation aims to support junior sports groups in regional WA.

Opportunity To Share New Toys

On Saturday every week, local kids have the opportunity to exchange the toys they borrowed last week from Margaret River Toy Library with new ones. The space has been upgraded recently with many new items added to the range of soft toys, puzzles and more. Members can join for an annual fee of $55 and it is even cheaper when you become a volunteer. To find out more, please call 0419 970 869 or email

Film About Town’s History

If you wish to learn about the history of Margaret River, then No Milk No Honey is a docu worth watching and it even features many locals. About an immigration program called Margaret River Group Settlement Scheme, the 1996 film will screen at the Margaret River Cultural Centre on Sunday at 2.00 pm. Tickets can be purchased from Arts Margaret River for $12 for adults and $7 for youth. To find out more, please visit or call 9758 7316.

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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