In the papers this week May 20th 2013

Gardeners Connect Online

Locals interested in raising poultry and growing their own food are encouraged to become part of a new online group, Eat Your Greens. The group was formed in late March in Margaret River and currently has 150 members, from local growers with huge gardens to beginners planning to plant their first wine barrel. As well as local news and advice, Eat Your Greens members share plants, seeds and cuttings and attend workshops and garden tours. For more details or to join, visit

Walk Raises $1450

The Leeuwin Club’s Walk for Sight raised $1450 last Sunday. The proceeds will go toward the Lions Save Sight Foundation. Around 65 walkers including Karridale and Augusta Primary School students participated in the annual event. This year’s walk was called the Diana Pellick Memorial to honour the brilliant volunteer who died from brain cancer earlier this year. Event coordinator Ross Fimister thanked everybody involved. The total amount raised will be added to $400 from the recent firewood raffle and Lions quiz night.

Funds Raised For Sporting Trip

After inviting members of the local community to their garage sale and fundraising event, Sunny Pasco and friends have successfully raised around $1000 for their overseas sporting trip. The underwater hockey players plan to participate in the world championship in Hungary. Sunny said that $1000 was a huge help, but they needed to raise a total of $2500 as there were four persons going from Margaret River- herself, Megan Pardoe, Tate Strudwick and Hayden Wenman. She thanked everybody who helped out, especially the local Lions Club and Yahava Koffee.

Indonesian Teacher Visits Margs 

Indonesian teacher Johan from Denpasar, Bali is touring local schools this week to share his culture and language with students. He joined the Margaret River Senior High School Indonesian class, and is also teaching at the Cowaramup Primary School. His visit to Western Australia, which included working assignments in Mandurah, Hyden and Narambeen, is sponsored by Indonesia Australia Language Foundation. During his stay in Margaret River, Johan was hosted by Mary Elton of Cowaramup.

Locals Enjoy Drift Premiere

Crowds were excited as they waited to watch the first screening of surfer movie Drift in Margaret River last week. Among those who attended the sold-out show was starring actor Myles Pollard. While the official premiere was held earlier this year in Yallingup, this was the first time Drift was viewed in Margaret River. The local premier was held at Margaret River Cultural Centre on Thursday, May 16th.

Funds To Assist Bushfire Recovery 

The South West Development Commission has provided a total of $50,000 to help the Cape to Cape Catchments Group rehabilitate land affected by the 2011 Margaret River bushfire. The funding allocation was announced by commission chief executive Don Punch after a decision taken by the commission’s board. “The grant will enable volunteers to conduct further weed control, revegetation, brushing and seed collection, as well as to carry out access control and monitoring in fire-affected areas,” Mr. Punch said.

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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