In the Papers this Week November 7th 2011

Kitesurf Tour Cancelled: Cut A Major Factor

A global kiteboarding contest held in January at the Blackwood River, Augusta, won’t return next year, with an organiser declaring river cuts a major factor. This year’s inaugural Wind Will & Gravity Pro Tour drew 20 of the best kitesurfers in the world to Augusta from Australia, Germany, Britain, France, Spain and Holland. The Augusta Chamber and Margaret River Wine Industry were the two sponsors for the event.

Fisheries Look Into Shark Vessel Complaint

Fisheries Department officials last week cleared a commercial fishing vessel operating out of Gracetown, Cowaramup Bay, of any misconduct, but will urge the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council to look into the matter.  The officials were following up on a complaint that the vessel might be drawing sharks to the region by processing its catch, sorting fish and washing the decks whilst approaching Cowaramup Bay.

Marmion: No Rush For Coal Verdict

Minister of Environment Bill Marmion said he wouldn’t rush into taking a decision concerning the Vasse Coal plan, whilst acknowledging the significant level of interest shown by the public in the matter. Marmion on Friday announced that the independent Appeal Committee had handed him its report about appeals against Environmental Protection Authority’s suggestions on the plan. The EPA had rated the plan environmentally unacceptable earlier this year.

Penguins Moulting, But Not Sick

Department of Environment & Conservation (DEC) ranger Gilbert Stokman has received reports of ill penguins on the coast during the last few weeks. The good news, however, is that they aren’t ill, but arrived offshore just to moult. “They are not sick but do look scruffy and lethargic,” said Stokman. “When they do this they lose their oil coating and are not waterproof.” If you find them in an area visited by people and dogs, inform the DEC Busselton office at 9752 5555.

Painting Theft

Several paintings were stolen on Tuesday November 1st from outside Margaret River Cultural Centre and police are investigating their disappearance. At around 2pm, a construction worker close by saw a man load the paintings in a white-coloured Landcruiser. However, according to Arts Margaret River staff, no one had ordered their removal. The paintings include some spraypainted designs of rainbows, children on skateboards and dinosaurs. Anybody with information on the matter should contact police at 9757 2222.

Tour De Gracetown Raises Money For MR District Hospital

Over 200 riders taking part in Tour de Gracetown charity bicycle ride held last Saturday have helped purchase a much-needed $16,000 apparatus for the emergency department of Margaret River District Hospital. Before participants embarked on the full 110 kilometre circuit back to Gracetown, or the 55 kilometre ride to Rosa Brook, two of the event riders and organisers, Jason Antunovitch and John Sofield presented the iStat machine, used for running a range of pathology tests, to the hospital management.

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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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