In the papers this week June 04th 2012

Gourmet Escape Festival Expected To Be A Global Drawcard

Margaret River Gourmet Escape, a new global wine and food festival, is expected to evolve into the most high-profile wine and food festival not only in Australia but also the entire Asia-Pacific region. Kim Hames, minister of tourism, announced the event on Saturday, expressing hope that the Nov 22-25 festival will draw the world’s fine chefs, celebrities and wine and culinary critics. Brand Events Australia, which will run the festival, will set up their office in the Margaret River region.

School Welcomes New Kitchen

A new kitchen teaching facility was officially inaugurated at Margaret River Primary School during a brief ceremony. The inauguration was held to celebrate the school’s membership of Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation’s nationwide program as well as the implementation of this program to match the MRPS’s existing kitchen garden. After the ceremony, all staff and students were invited to see the new kitchen and garden extension, with muffins made by new coordinator Mr. Mel Somerset.

Hannah Loves To Be A Leader

Hannah Newstead, year 10 student from Margaret River Senior High School, has been nominated to take part in Sir Charles Young Leaders Program this July in Perth. 25 students across WA, each one from a different school, will participate in the four-day event where they will be subject to challenging and inspirational situations and speakers. Selected by the school, Hannah was amongst four applicants from the MRSHS.

Art Auction Draws Big Crowds

The Seventh Annual Art Auction at Margaret River Cultural Centre proved to be a hit last Saturday, with attendants mingling and praising artworks donated by local artisans. Emily Douglas, one of the event organisers, said that she expected the auction to raise around $25,000, as has been the case during past years. The funds will go to music, drama and arts at Margaret River Independent School as well as a new shack for the Witchcliffe Fire Brigade.

World Tour Goal

Supertowns funding for redeveloping Surfers Point facilities is being seen as an essential step toward the Margaret River region ultimately becoming a spot of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour circuit. The local surf community, together with Surfing WA, had assisted in preparing a concept plan proposing a $6mn redevelopment of Riflebutts zone, Rivermouth and, of course, Surfers Point that will now be partially financed by SuperTowns program.

Chris Davey Retires

Chris Davey is calling it quits as disaster and emergency management coordinator of health for the south west. Last Thursday, she had a farewell meal with colleagues and friends at Margaret River Hotel. Davey has been lecturing around Western Australia since 2008 to help health professionals handle major incidents. She made the decision to retire in order to have more time to spend with her kids. Davey says she will continue working casually as a nurse at the Margaret River District Hospital.

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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