In the Papers this Week October 11th 2011

Encouraging Holiday Accommodation Figures For Margaret River

Despite the strong Australian currency making the country a costly tourist location, Margaret River experienced a great start to the winter reason. Recent figures released by Australian Bureau of Statistics Survey of Tourist Accommodation reveal that occupancy at serviced apartments, hotels and motels in Margaret River was 46.3% in the three months to June this year, up from 43.5% during the same period last year. Due to the higher tourist traffic, accommodation providers were able to raise their prices by 3.4% on average, bringing over $2.5mn into the local economy and employing an additional 175 employees.

Warning For Off-Road Drivers

Recreational 4-wheel drive enthusiasts travelling to the South West have been urged to be careful after heavy rains recently eroded several off-road tracks administered by Department of Environment and Con­servation. According to DEC ranger Gilbert Stokman, some incidents have already taken place on the tracks and thus it is important that people drive with care. “Drivers need to know their vehicle’s limits. In areas where soil has eroded from rain, it’s best to avoid steep tracks, especially those greater than 30 degrees,” he warned.

Rally Says No To Gas

A rally demanding a halt to further development of coal seam gas is due to be held at Reuther Park in Margaret River Sunday, 12.30pm-2pm. Rob Alder, the spokesperson for No Oil For South West Beaches, said the gathering would be Margaret River representation in the national day on Oct 16th organised by the Lock The Gate Alliance. The day will feature speakers, music and a sausage sizzle. For further information visit www.nooilforswbeaches.aug.au.

First Aid Course for Infants

Caring For Kids, a baby first aid course, has been launched at St John Ambulance Service as an initiative of Margaret River Lions Club. The course is designed for local mothers and aims to provide them with important first aid training for their kids. Parents will not only learn lifesaving techniques, but also what to do in case of spider or snake bites, drowning, poisoning, bleeding, burns and other types of emergencies.

Robbery Spree

A number of businesses from Cowaramup to Prevelly were broken into on early Sunday morning, but not much was stolen. According to Constable Sally Halliday, a forensics squad arrived from Bunbury Monday to probe break-ins at Café 131 Margaret River whose side door was broken but nothing stolen; Prevelly General Store, from where a few packs of chips were taken; Margaret River Bookshop whose door was broken and Margaret Riviera, which was broken into but nothing apart from some plastic bags were stolen.

Cow Pat Lotto Returns With A Bang

Cow Pat Lotto has returned, following last year’s successful inaugural event at Margaret River and Districts Agricultural Show. The lotto was organised by The Margaret River Montessori School P&F last year with hopes that it would remain a yearly event. The grand prize for this year is $8000 and a ticket costing $30 will give participants a 1-in-600 chance to win. Tickets are restricted to 600 participants.

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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