In the Papers this Week October 18th 2011

Vasse Wins Awards

Vasse Felix, Margaret River’s oldest winery, has won four awards at one of Australia’s top wine shows. The winery’s Heytesbury Chardonnay 2010 claimed the top prize at Royal Adelaide Wine Show held last week. It was also awarded Best Chardonnay and Best White Wine in the event. Meanwhile, the Classic Dry White 2011, marking its twenty fifth vintage, received the award for Best Dry White Blend in the show.

Leeuwin Ward Vote: Issues Couldn’t Stop Smart’s Return

Controversial issues such as Turner Caravan Park’s future and the Blackwood River cut couldn’t stop the return of existing councillor Mike Smart in the Augusta-Margaret River Shire Leeuwin Ward polls on Saturday evening. Cr Smart received 53.6% of the votes to secure his second council tenure by an obvious majority and with a clearly popular mandate of pushing ahead with his scheme to set up a retirement township in Augusta. His closest rival was ex-shire president Nick Dornan who received 24.48% of the votes.

“Like” For Staying Connected

Now you can be amongst the first people in Augusta or Margaret River to “Like” the new facebook page of the Mail. The social media fan page will allow you to check out all the most up-to-date news, pictures and sports; send a story as well as share your views on local matters. Just visit www.face­book.com/pages/Augusta-Margaret-River-Mail and hit the “Like” button in order to stay connected to the local newspaper.

Xanadu Gets Another Gold Plate

Xanadu Wines on Monday won their fourth Gold Plate Award for the Best Restaurant within a Winery – Country division, carrying on from their 2007, 2009 and 2010 wins. Organised by Catering Institute of Australia, the 44th Gold Plate Award 2011 winners were finally announced in Perth following months of evaluation.  Other winners from the region included Wise Vineyard, Eagle Bay, for the Tourism Restaurant Country category and Bunkers Bay Beach Café for the Licensed Café – Country category. The Studio Bistro in Yallingup was the winner for the Licensed Dining – Country division.

Trees Poisoned In Augusta

Around six fully mature trees were poisoned in Augusta using a domestic herbicide. The trees, that line a street at Shervington Park directly opposite the road from houses, have been drilled with holes of about 10-30 inches for pouring in some type of poison such as the household weedkiller, Roundup. According to local residents, they are “shocked” and “disgusted” that somebody can do something of this sort.

Sailors Litter South West Coast

International litter dumped overboard from passing vessels as well as jetsam from fishing boats is polluting South West beaches, says a Gracetown inhabitant who picks up the litter. Kim Potter takes his dog Sport for a walk every day from the Cobblestones surf break to the South Point and collects the rubbish that he finds on the way. He has been doing this for many years, but this year he chose to keep a note of what he finds. Potter has collected around 10 rubbish bags of garbage, lots of containers and bottles, tangled ropes, odd shoes, floats and marker buoys.  “Nearly all of it is coming off cargo ships. It’s obvious the crews just throw their rubbish overboard,” Potter said.

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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