In the Papers this Week March 05th 2012

Another Dog Attack Leaves A Calf Dead

A four-day old calf was killed near Margaret River in an attack by a dog or a group of dogs. This was the second attack of this kind in just six days. Darren Arthur, an Osmington Rd. based farmer, said that the calf seemed to have been attacked on Wednesday last week when he was away from his property. According to him, part of the carcass was “stripped right back to the bone”.

Lifesavers’ Shed Damaged

Thieves and vandals have raided the new Margaret River Surf Life Saving Club equipment shed in Gnarabup, even before its completion. Last Thursday night, the shed’s front roller door was slammed into, causing around $200 damage, though the rear of the complex was already open. According to constable Andy Tovey, four boxes of paint were stolen from inside the building. Anybody with information on the incident should get in touch with Margaret River police at 9757 2222.

Designated Camping Site Sought For Backpackers

Vineyard management company, Down to Earth, desires to see cheap or free camping in the shire for vintage workers, in order to resolve the problem of illegal camping. Carla Borrello, director of Down to Earth, said that although she was against illegal camping, it’s unfortunate that there were no designated campsites for backpackers during vintage. According to her, people are forced to camp illegally as legal accommodation is either too expensive or full. In addition, they don’t get big pay cheques.

McGowan Visits Fire Affected Areas

Mark McGowan, WA opposition leader, paid a visit to fire-hit areas of Margaret River over the weekend to inspect the damaged properties and meet with some of the victims. He also talked to shire staff, firefighters and those who lost their houses in the blaze. “I thought it appropriate I came and had a look, I hadn’t seen the damage. I thought as Opposition leader it was important to meet some of the people involved,” Mr. McGowan said.

Lions’ Auction For Men’s Shed

Kids’ toys, household goods, firewood, workshop machinery, furniture and farming equipment such as tractors were put up for auction at Cowaramup Oval last Saturday. The yearly Cowaramup Lions giant auction managed to raise around $6000 to $7000 for a Men’s Shed based in Cowaramup.  According to Lions Club president Simon Snook, the auction that was conducted by Neil Earl and Chris Hartley went quite well with just a few larger items remaining unsold.

Nyindamurra School Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Founding parents and students from as far as Victoria returned to Margaret River Independent School to celebrate its 30th anniversary. After over one year of preparation and planning by around 10 local Margaret River families, the school started operating as Nyindamurra Family School in Feb, 1982, with one teacher and 15 pupils aged 4-8. The celebrations on Saturday turned into a nice afternoon gathering, followed by live music and supper.

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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