In the Papers this Week November 04th 2013

Tegan To Lend A Helping Hand To Cambodian Kids

After returning home from her first volunteer tour to Cambodia in 2011, Margaret River resident Tegan Simmonds is eager to go back again. The 25-year old volunteered at an orphanage for disabled children known as the Nutrition Centre. Ms. Simmonds will leave for another 11-week tour next month. She will join around 30 other volunteers, who work at various organisations in Cambodia as part of the Volunteer HQ program. Those interested in contributing to Ms. Simmonds’ project should contact her at To find out more about the Volunteer HQ program, visit

Project To Help Local Wetlands

Rotary Margaret River has announced a $10,000 grant for a student wetlands program this year. Run by local resident Tracey Muir of Cape to Cape Catchments Group, the program involves students of local primary schools visiting the Montessori Wetland and examining samples of water species. As part of the academic curriculum, the project helps educate the students on local environment and determine the wellbeing of the wetlands. The grant will offer support in renting buses and buying workbooks and equipment.

Fun At Augusta Adventure Race

A huge lineup of local and international amateur and professional competitors on Sunday took part in the Augusta Adventure Race, the main event of the 2013 Act Belong Commit Augusta Adventure Festival. Competing as individuals and in relay teams, competitors took on a mountain bike leg, a return kayak, a 1.5 kilometre swim and a final leg run, followed by a 10 kilometre run from the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse to Augusta foreshore. Showing off the wonderful natural landscape, the event is considered one of the largest in Australia’s events calendar.

Speech To Boost Confidence

People looking to boost confidence have a chance to deliver regular speeches in front of others in Margaret River. Toastmasters International is an organisation that aims to develop leadership and oral communication skills. Meetings are held at the Margaret River Committee Resource Centre on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 6pm to 7.30pm. Those interested should call Toastmasters president Mick Graham at 0418 915 400, Scar Campbell at 0419 953 226 or Anna John at 0416 301 518.

Chamber Has A New President

Peter Griffyn assumed office of president of the Margaret River Chamber of Commerce & Industry last week. He replaced Pauline McLeod who served in this position for the maximum duration of three years. With his regular job in running web development firm Cloudpress, Mr. Griffyn aims to enhance Margaret River’s internet and ecommerce capabilities during his tenure at the chamber. The new committee is due to hold its first meeting next Wednesday.

Good News For Cinema Lovers

Movie lovers in Margaret River can look forward to some great times after the installation of a brand-new digital projector at the Cultural Centre. Twilight Cinema, together with Arts Margaret River, will set up the projector in upcoming weeks with a variety of movies. Everyone is invited to come watch movies every Sunday afternoon, starting from this week with Blue Jasmine, Gravity or Grown Ups 2. Tickets cost between $10 to $15 and include prices for Arts Margaret River members and concession card holders.

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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