In the Papers this Week May 28th 2012

Lawn Sprinkling Ban Begins Friday

Residents have been reminded by Water Minister Bill Marmion that a water sprinkling ban would begin Friday throughout the South West. The ban will affect all lawn sprinkling systems using bore or scheme water and will remain in place until August 31st. According to Mr. Marmion, the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a drier than usual winter in the South West this year, making the sprinkling ban an extremely important water-efficiency measure.

Tavern’s Open Talent

Settlers Tavern is bringing back open mic nights and this time musicians, dancers, comedians and poets are all invited to demonstrate their talents. Small groups or individuals can reserve 20 minutes of stage-time, entertaining tables all across the pub. The event takes place on the first Thursday of each month, with just one rule being no heavy guitars or drum kits, only acoustic instruments and pure voice through sound systems.

Whale Song Festival Returns

Whale Song Augusta Festival returns to the south west this June long weekend as the humpback and southern right whales returning to Flinders Bay are welcomed. The main event will take place on Sun, June 03rd under the spectator area beside the Augusta Bakery. There will be a bouncy castle, face painting, hula hoping and live music to entertain the visitors. For more information get in touch with the Augusta Visitor Centre (9758 0166) or visit

Bird Show

Poultry enthusiasts from places as far as York, Mundaring and Bullsbrook travelled to Margaret River to participate in the AMR 2 Oceans Poultry Club Inc’s 5th annual Open Bird Show on 19th May. The event was hosted by club president Mr. Les Oxley at Gloucester Park showground. There were 258 species of birds on display by 29 presenters. Nannup resident Janelle Beveridge won the Best Bird of the Show for her Pit Game Bantam Hen. She received a cash prize of $200.

WA Wines Attract Foreign Investors

International investors are continuing to boost WA’s declining wine industry, which has suffered in recent times due to strong Australian dollar. The renowned Margaret River winery, Clairault, was bought by American real estate developer John Streicker last month. Analysts say that foreign investment in local wine industry is an indication of an increasingly internationalised wine community. It also reflects the wonderful image the local wines have garnered at the global level.

South West Facing Firefighters Shortage

Western Australia is facing a shortage of fire crew in the wake of last year’s Margaret River blaze, said the Australian Workers Union. According to the union, Department of Environment & Conservation fire crew was unmanned by around 50 officers at the time of fires in the South West. The notice comes at a time when the DEC is preparing for prescribed burns over 100,000 hectares in the area over the next few weeks.

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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