In the papers this week July 23rd 2012

Armed Burglary In Margaret River

A man carrying a small knife broke into Margaret River Dome on Tuesday 5.50am, running away with cash. According to Police Media, a solidly built man with fair skin, around 180 cm tall with curly dark hair, wearing black jeans, a wide hooded jacket and sunglasses, walked into the premises and started threatening staff. As well as cash, he took the manager’s wallet. Investigators are looking into the incident. Anybody with information has been urged to contact Crimestoppers at 1800 333 000.

Small Wineries Win Big

Winners at the recently held Winewise Small Vignerons Awards for 2012 included Saracen Estate and Warner Glen Estate. Saracen received gold medals for its Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and Sparkling Maree 2009. Warner Glen received the trophy for the best Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon with its Warner Glen Estate Margaret River PBF (Partial Berrel Fermented) Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2010. The awards are the leading wine event for small wine establishments that crush 250 tonnes or under in the year whereby the awards take place.

Tourism Association Launches TV Ad

The Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association recently launched its first-ever TV advert to promote the Margaret River region to residents of the eastern states. Running for 15 seconds, the advert is part of what is described by the AMRTA as a “vigorous marketing strategy aimed at creating destination awareness and boosting the national profile of the area as a world-class tourism destination.” It showcases vineyards, karri forests, beaches, breaching whales as well as fine wine and dining experiences, with the aim to tempt tourists to visit WA.

Mobile Phone Hitman Scam

Police have warned local residents to be mindful of a cell phone text scam which claims that a hitman has been appointed to murder the receiver. Some attempt to plunder money from the receiver. Sgt. Paul Daly said that the police had received complaints from some locals about these text messages. He said that the scam apparently originated from Russia and had been going on since 2006. For more information please go to www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/hitman .asp.

Margaret River Recreation Centre Receives $50,000 Grant

The Margaret River Recreation Centre has received a grant of $50,000 to make sure its facilities cater for those with disabilities as well as their families and carers. The centre will use these funds for things such as staff training and equipment. Hon Barry House, MLC Member for South West Region, said that the shire was amongst seven others in the south west to enjoy over $300,000 in funding, as part of Count Me In Inclusion Grants.

Foodbank

Colin Holt, MLC Member for South West Region, will pay a visit to Margaret River IGA, Augusta IGA and Cowaramup Country Store on Wednesday July 25th for the annual Nationals Foodbank Run WA. In 2012, the run will cover 22 towns from Albany to Mandurah including Margaret River, Augusta and Cowaramup. A not-for-profit organisation, Foodbank WA serves as a bridge between community and business for delivering donated food items to over 600 community agencies.

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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