In the papers this week November 12th 2012

Xmas Fair In Cowaramup

The Christmas Fair will be held in Cowaramup this Saturday with heap loads of gift ideas and goodies for everybody.  Taking place at the Cowaramup Hall from 8.30 am to 1.00 pm, stalls will be featuring local produce and crafts including jewellery, woodwork, handmade gifts, traditional fruitcakes, French bakery, natural soaps, fashion accessories and recycled creations. Admission to the event is free and everyone is invited to attend.

Full Fire Compensation To Be Paid

All compensation claims arising out of last November’s Margaret River fires will be paid in full after the WA government accepted legal recommendation to remove the $190,000 cap. As many as 160 damage claims in relation to the blaze are expected to be reviewed, with a total bill of over $5 million. Nine chalets, 16 sheds and 32 homes were among properties damaged when a burn prescribed by Department of Environment & Conservation got out of control on 23rd November last year.

Augusta Sea Rescue Group Receives Donation

The Augusta Sea Rescue Group was delighted to get a donation of $6183 recently from Molloy Caravan Park. The amount was raised with raffle and entree fees during the Molloy Caravan Park Bream Fishing Competition last month, which saw around 200 anglers attempting to catch the ‘big one’. The Augusta Sea Rescue team thanked the managers and owners of Molloy Caravan Park for organising a fabulous competition and their commitment to assist a local volunteer.

No Golden Arches For Margaret River

McDonalds WA has said it had no intention of setting up in Margaret River. The fast food chain confirmed it had nothing to do with the new shopping mall, Woolworths at Willmott Avenue. McDonalds also said that it did not enter into any talks to lease. Hundreds of local residents signed petitions against the proposal to set up a 121-seater restaurant in the mall. The restaurant’s operative hasn’t been specified yet.

Junior Anaconda Gets Record Entries

The Junior Anaconda race received a record number of entries this year, with 800 children signing up over the weekend. Chris Ord, spokesperson for the race’s organiser Rapid Ascent, said that the number of junior participants had to be capped at 800 because they couldn’t hold the race with more entrants than that. Children between the ages of four and 13 raced through a 4.5 kilometre obstacle course.

Luxury Retreat For Pet

A luxury lodging for pet dogs will open in Margaret River on December 01st, being labelled as a “French Provincial-style dog hotel”. Owner Julia Bennett is delighted to welcome her first guests to this 5-star architect-designed canine retreat and day-care facility located just out of town. Margaret River Pet Retreat will run an open house from Thu, November 22nd to Sun, November 25th. Visitors can take a tour of the facility and grounds, and explore the onsite Doggy Boutique. For further details visit margaretriverpetretreat.com

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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