In the Papers this Week May 14th 2012

Lillian Is Dolly Model Finalist

Bakery darling Lillian Van der Veen is excited to be chosen as one of the six finalists at 2012 Original Dolly Model Search. The 17-year old pastry chef from Margaret River beat over 1900 other teen contestants who entered through the Dolly magazine online website. Tiffany Dunk, editor of Dolly magazine, said that it was Lillian’s “angelic face” as well as her love for healthy living which helped her become a finalist.

Man Dies In Forest Grove Accident

A 22-year old local man died when his car smashed into a large tree in Forest Grove on Monday afternoon. According to Const. Jim Armstrong, the man was travelling near Hadley Rd. at around 4.30pm when his car struck the tree. He was apparently driving on the wrong side of the road. A doctor arrived at the scene but couldn’t save the man. Police are probing the accident.

South West Region “Punished” In Budget: MP

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said last week that the South West region had been “punished” in the federal budget. She accused the government of “taxing our major businesses and residents to simply fund its election bribes and eastern states road and rail projects”. The increase in taxation on tourism announced in the budget last Tuesday will cost the tourism industry of WA $5.5mn per year, according to Evan Hall, CEO of Tourism Council WA.

Gracetown House Blaze

A small blaze in a house in Gracetown was immediately put out on Monday. According to Const. Ross Bartley, the alert was issued at around 8.45 am and police and firefighters attended at the property at Walton Way. Bartley said that the blaze seemed to have started by pieces of paper left beside a potbelly stove that was unintentionally left burning. Modest damage was caused to the house, but no injuries were reported as the owners were outside at the time of the incident.

Club Donates $3000 To Arrabella’s Family

Associates of the Augusta Margaret River Hawks Superrules club on Friday showed their softer side by donating around $3000 for Arrabella Lawrence who is suffering from cystic fibrosis. The three-year old’s condition was mentioned in the article entitled “Arrabella’s 65 roses” (Augusta Margaret River Mail, May 09th). Bill Speechley, president of the club, said that he had long wanted to make a contribution to support the family.

Fire Victims Frustrated Over Compensation Delays

People whose houses were lost in last year’s Margaret River blaze are frustrated over delays in the state government’s compensation. “Extremely frustrated because whilst you’re waiting for the money to come, you’re also in the middle of drawing up plans and with the costing of a new building you’re wondering, ‘well, do I have enough money to rebuild or not?'” said Garrath Stewart, a resident of Prevelly whose family home was destroyed in the fire. The state government, on the other hand, says that compensation has to be stalled as it requires victims to first finish their own insurance claims before getting assistance from the government.

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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