In the papers this week June 11th 2012

Ladies Have Fun At Margs Hardware Night

The free ladies night organised by Hardware Margaret River and Home Timber on Wednesday was attended by over 50 women, who had a great time participating in prize draws, games and questionnaires. The event was held to encourage women to come and try out what is traditionally considered male stuff, with a number of stalls demonstrating items like drills and NO Gaps. Attendants were also treated to complimentary wine, sandwiches and sweets.

Storm Hits Margaret River

Widespread storms with wind gusts of over 125km/hr left many Margaret River residents without power or water on Sunday, with more wild weather predicted on Monday and Tuesday. The strong storm battered the Perth metropolitan area and the South West on Sunday afternoon, with authorities issuing a severe weather warning from Israelite Bay to Bremer Bay.  Powerlines and trees fell in the affected areas, damaging property, halting traffic and even causing injuries in some cases.

Margs Kindy Kids Enjoy Farm Trip

Kids from the Margaret River Community Kindergarten on Monday braved wild weather to meet the animals at high school farm. 32 kids along with parent helpers toured the Margaret River High School where farm manager Peter Myles and year 10 students Brienne Richards and Marnie Brewer welcomed them. Kids enjoyed learning about cows, marrons, pigs and alpacas. Community kindergarten teachers Clare Dallimore and Peta James said that the farm was an excellent resource for the kids and that they would continue learning about farms this term.

Margaret River Residents Plant For Future

Over 50 volunteers turned up for the inaugural Margaret River community planting day last Saturday at White Elephant car park and helped place around 1400 native plants. Co-organised by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, South West Catchment Council and Margaret River Coastal Residence Association, this was the inaugural official open public planting event aimed at rehabilitating coastal area that was damaged by last year’s bushfires.

Clairault Embarks On A New Chapter

The managing director and owner of one of Margaret River’s renowned wine establishments, Clairault Wines, said that he was all-set to move on and the new owner would be able to develop the business. The winery was sold to well-known winemaker and grower John Streicker, an American real estate developer whose wine company also owns other vineyards in the area. Although the price hasn’t been disclosed, it is reported to be around $12 million.

Petroleum Group Disappointed Over Margs No-Go Plan

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association has warned that the Commonwealth’s attempt to ban gas and oil exploration off the south west WA shoreline could severely hit the multi-million dollar industry.  The government’s plan involved declaring most of the Margaret River shoreline a “no take” area in which all forms of gas and oil exploration is prohibited. According to the association, the plan could affect Australian trade and make the nation suffer.

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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