In the Papers this Week March 19th 2012

Dog Signs Stolen

The Augusta-Margaret River Shire Council is urging local residents to inform Crime Stoppers in case they see anybody stealing or vandalising signs. The appeal comes following an incident whereby a “dogs on leads” sign was severely damaged in Gnarabup earlier this month before being stolen last week. Anyone with information should inform Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000. Ranger Gavin Jennion believes the sign was damaged and then stolen by an individual, or several individuals, who are not happy about “dogs on leads” zoning in this area.

Earth Hour: Switch Off The Lights

In order to support the worldwide “Earth Hour” initiative, the Augusta-Margaret River Shire will turn off all non-essential lighting on Sat, March 31st, at 8.30pm. Ray Colyer, Augusta-Margaret River Shire President, said that participation in this initiative shows a commitment to act. “We don’t intend, or expect, to solve all the environmental problems in the world by switching our lights out for an hour. But I do expect that Earth Hour will heighten awareness about environment impacts and start healthy discussion,” he said. Over 135 nations are expected to take part in this year’s Earth Hour.

Saturday Fun At St Thomas Catholic Primary School

St Thomas Catholic Primary School invites you all to their fete this Saturday. Held from 9.30am to 2pm at the school, the fete will feature a range of activities including a gladiator, bouncy castle, giant slide, laughing clowns, pony rides, Buz climbing wall, police/fire crew and ambulance, lucky dips, showbags, fairy floss, B Biscuit Show, Johno B Biscuit, white elephant stall, book stall, a raffle, games, sausage sizzle, arts, crafts, ice creams and drinks. Everyone is invited to have a great time.

Youth Finalists

An anti-poaching activist and a wannabe prime minister will represent Margaret River Senior High School at the Lions Youth of the Year contest. Year 12s Liam Moore and Stephanie Kennaugh won the regional finals of the contest and are now writing their speeches for the district finals on March 24th in Perth. These two students will be competing against six others, and think that they are the only participants from the school. In the finals, each participant will deliver a five-minute speech, undertake a private interview and answer two spontaneous questions. Three of the participants will be selected to compete in the state final.

Opportunity To Meet Author Judy Nunn

Renowned Australian novelist and actress Judy Nunn and her author husband Bruce Venables are main drawcards of the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival 2012, May 4th to 6th. Judy and Bruce will deliver a talk entitled “Between the Sheets” about being married authors on Sat, May 5th, at 9.30 am. The Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival will take place at the Margaret River Cultural Centre, with the May 5-6 weekend filled with panel sessions and presentations.

Burrow, Slater Out Of Margaret River Pro

Hopes of a local contestant winning the Margaret River Pro title were shattered when Taj Burrow of Yallingup broke his board in his heat against Sydney’s Kai Otton in the round of 16. Taj was struggling to score big in deteriorating surf when tragedy struck with around seven minutes remaining in the heat.

Meanwhile, 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater was also eliminated in the fourth heat of the round of 24 on Friday morning by 2008 Margaret River champ Tom Whitaker of Australia. At the end of this 25-minute heat, the difference between the two contestants was just 0.11 of a point.

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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