In the papers this week June 17th 2013

New Events Announced For Gourmet Escape

An event in an undisclosed forest location is among the new attractions announced for the much-awaited Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2013. The action-packed three-day wine and food festival will also include long table lunches set amidst the vines, beach barbeques as well as a pop-up Rockpool Bar and Grill restaurant. Event organisers unveiled the 2013 program earlier this week and assured that the Gourmet Escape would be even bigger and better than its debut last year.

Gnarabar’s Fundraising Event Raises $10,000

Gnarabar played host to an amazingly successful fundraising event for breast cancer research last Sunday evening. They raised over $10,000 through a silent auction, raffles and ticket sales. The highest selling item at the auction, a Lifestyle Medical voucher worth $3000, was sold for $2005. The organisers said that it was nice to see 130 local women come out to support the fantastic local cause.

Young Bands Looking Forward To Annual Gig

Four bands from Margaret River Primary School are excited about their annual band bash taking place on June 26th at Settlers Tavern. Music teachers said that the four bands- Audio Fortune, Margies Tricycle Club, The Redbacks and The Dark Empire- have been energetically rehearsing with their coaches – Tony, Mike and Danny -to make sure they do well on the night. They are expecting a big crowd to support them at the Tav.

Fundraiser Sends Kids To School

A weekend fundraising initiative by Alternative Leavers Week students, who toured East Timor in 2012, will make a huge difference in the lives of a group of kids. The $6000 raised by them will help 10 East Timorese kids attend school for one year. The students, Taj Kilpin, Dylan Johnson-Swainston and Jake Graebner-Bond, recently raffled a stack of firewood outside the IGA and were pleased with the outcome. Alternative Leavers Week is associated with the Rotary Club. Students who would like to participate in this year’s trip should call Stephanie Kennaugh at 9755 5028.

Lake Cave Closed

Lake Cave will be closed to the general public until June 28th due to ongoing environmental maintenance work. The project is designed to protect small crustaceans living in the lake water from extermination. The Lake Cave shop and interpretive centre will also be closed during this period, but Lake Cave tearooms will stay open. To find out more, contact Caveworks at 9757 7411 or

Software To Cut Out Trips

The Margaret River Wellness Centre is setting up a new X-ray system. It is supported by a computer software that allows images captured at the centre to be sent via email to Perth or Busselton for radiology reporting, thus saving people visits to Bunbury or Busselton. “We are hoping this new service will support the existing X-ray service at Margaret River hospital and enable faster access for spine and general X-rays,” said the centre’s Simon Carlin.

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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