In the Papers this Week July 2nd 2012

Focus On Augusta’s Edge

Entries for the second annual Augusta photographic contest are open this week with this year’s theme entitled Augusta’s Edge – A Natural Vision. Organisers are expecting the entries to focus on micro or macro views of where water meets land at Augusta, either along the Indian or Southern Ocean coastline or the Hardy Inlet and Blackwood River. This year’s entrants will also get the opportunity to have their photos displayed at Augusta’s main street.

Hot Nominees: Augusta And Margaret River Visitor Centres

The Augusta and Margaret River Visitor Centres are among the 19 tourism centres nominated for GWN7 Top Tourism Awards 2012. Margaret River currently holds the title of 2011 Top Tourism Award, up against contenders including Busselton, Bridgetown, Dunsborough, Denmark, Kalbarri, Fremantle, Kununurra, Shark Bay and Kalgoorlie. Now in its 23rd year, the Awards appreciate the efforts made by visitor centres within a region, city or town to draw and welcome tourists.

Positive Parenting Program

Parents in Margaret River will get the opportunity to be part of three Positive Parenting seminars to help them cope with common behavioural problems in children. The seminars will discuss positive, effective and practical ways to cope with these issues as well as ways of helping children attain their educational and career goals. Those interested in attending this free program should call Margaret River Child Health Centre at 9757 0416.

$74,000 Allocated For Iconic Augusta-Margaret River Events

A total amount of $74,000 has been allocated to iconic local events for the financial year 2012-13. These include the Drug Aware Pro surf contest, Cinefest OZ, Anaconda Adventure Race and Creative Festival. Last week, the Augusta Margaret River Shire Council voted to allocate this amount, with Counsillor John Bell saying that the money would be well spent. In view of the decline in tourism activity in the region, the council will be urged to also contemplate fee waivers for financial years 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Margs Welcomes Morries

Margaret River’s newest restaurant/café/bar Morries Anytime was inaugurated last Sunday, serving curious customers between 7.30 am and 10 pm. Visitors enjoyed items such as coffee and muffins, in addition to Morries’ authentic original cocktail list with rum boat float being the biggest hit. Morries, which replaces the old Boho Bar located on Bussell Highway, will open Monday-Saturday from 7.30 am till late and on Sundays from 7.30 am to 10 pm.

Black Dog Ride

Locals Diane and Peter Simmonds will join motorcycle enthusiasts from across Australia this August to undertake a six-day tour of Alice Springs to raise awareness of depression. The event called Black Dog Ride raises funds for the Black Dog Institute, with each participant gathering sponsorships with a minimum target of $500. If you want to sponsor Diane and Peter, or donate to the organisation go to

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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