In the papers this week March 26th 2012

Florence Wins Drug Aware Pro

American John John Florence won the 2012 Telstra Drug Aware Pro with a victory over his fellow countryman Olamana Eleogram in the final. With a clean 3-4ft swell and sunny skies, the last three rounds concluded Saturday and the massive crowd saw Florence produce two nine-point rides to win the final 18.76 to 15.43. Meanwhile, American Courtney Conlogue won the women’s competition for the second consecutive year.

Dog Petition

A petition demanding to review and repeal the Augusta Margaret River Shire Council’s recently imposed ban on dogs at Granny’s Pool, June’s Bay and Storm Bay in Augusta is likely to be received by the council today [Wednesday]. Dot Goddard, a resident of Augusta, prepared the petition, which has signatures of 244 people from Augusta and other places in the South West. After evaluating the petition, CEO Gary Evershed suggested that the council receive it and a report regarding it be prepared.

‘Refugee’ Exhibition

Refugees and their tales will be the subject of a new Faces of Asylum pictorial exhibition organised by Margaret River Group of Amnesty International. It will showcase those looking for asylum in Australia, giving a face to the often faceless debate which surrounds the subject of refugees. The exhibition, which will run until April, opens at the old Uniting Church building at the Community Resource Centre, Tunbridge St., on Monday.

Marine Park Promises New Surf, Sanctuary Areas

The state government has proposed spending $5.6mn over the next four years to set up and manage a new marine park off the coastline running from Geographe Bay in Busselton to the east of Augusta. Around $2mn will be reserved for compensating commercial fishers for the likely impact on their incomes of 15 projected sanctuary areas where recreational and commercial fishing will be banned. Meanwhile, Environment Minister Bill Marmion and Premier Colin Barnett have stressed that 89% of the park area and 93% of the coast will be available for fishers.

Concert To Raise Money For Rescue Boats

A fundraising concert scheduled for Easter Saturday (Apr 07th) at the Gracetown Community Hall will allow Margaret River Volunteer Sea Group to purchase a NAIAD rescue ship. The group will soon acquire a new 7.5 metre NAIAD Rigid Inflatable rescue boat valued at over $250,000. Whilst their 6.8 metre NAIAD has been serving the group quite well, the new ship will offer added advantages such as extended range, better towing capacity and high-tech electronics including Side Sonar Technology, WAERN radio and Forward Looking Infra Red.

Good Vintage Expected In South West

Wine grape growers based in the south west corner of WA weren’t very positive about their vintage following the early summer rain. But things seem to have turned around at the end of the season and the recent dry weather since the start of 2012 has been in the favour of vignerons. Diseases and pest have also been kept out, mostly due to the weather. Local wine makers now expect good results from the 2012 vintage, despite early setbacks.

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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