In the Papers this Week June 18th 2012

Fireys Honour Hind

The Rosa Brook Bush Fire Brigade have introduced their first life member, Jill Hind. For 16 years, Hind served as a secretary of the brigade and her efforts have benefited the Rosa Brook, Osmington and Rosa Glen communities. She was a primary coordinator for constructing a fire shed, building liaison, quoting and doing research. Hind also played an active role in hiring new members and organising fellowship nights.

Burglary Attempt At Augusta Visitor Centre

The Augusta Visitor Centre at Reynolds Street, Augusta, was broken into last Wednesday at around 3.45 am. According to Sgt. Matt Leishman, the intruders attempted to force open the main gates of the building, triggering the security alarm. The police are asking anyone with information of the incident to call 9758 1575. Meanwhile, Sgt Leishman has asked all business owners in Augusta to consider reviewing their security arrangements.

Cowaramup Cows Plan Approved

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River accepted the Cows for Cowaramup plan during last week’s meeting, granting Cowaramup permission to install around 42 fibreglass cow sculptures across the town. A large number of people were present at the meeting to express their support. Cr Jenny McGregor believes that the plan is an excellent opportunity to persuade travellers to stop more, and will help represent the history of the town.

Hamelin Bay Artist Received Scholarship

Hamelin Bay sculptor Lou Lambert was awarded the prestigious Helen Lempriere Scholarship worth $30,000. Announced by Perpetual & Sculpture by the Sea last week, the scholarship honoured three artists, with the other ones being Tom de Munk-Kerkmeer from Western Australia and Philip Spelman from Australian Capital Territory. The scholarship is awarded under the Helen Lempriere Bequest, which is a charitable organisation offering scholarships for arts and crafts.

Students, Teacher Rescued From Blackwood River

17 teen students and their teacher were rescued on Wednesday from Blackwood River close to Augusta. According to reports, they had the essential safety gear but were unable to take the weather into account. The 18 people, from Busselton-based MacKillop Catholic College, were all wearing life jackets and also had a waterproof mobile phone that they used to set off the alarm when two out of the nine canoes capsized amid a rain and wind squall at the north corner of Hardy Intel around 12.30 pm.

Shire Workers Start Costly Clear Out

Intense storms last week have left the Shire of Augusta Margaret River with an expected clear out bill exceeding $100,000. The shire council had spent around $88,000 on the clear out by Monday, which includes its own as well as contract resources. It plans to spend another $12,000 this week. Up to now, apparatus and plant operating expenses have totalled $16,000, $34,000 in employee wages and $38,000 to pay contractors, according to a council spokesperson.

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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