In the papers this week October 25th 2011

Tree Cancer Threat

Thousands of Margaret River trees, some over 150 years old, are either already dead or dying because of a destructive disease. The epidemic has been identified by researchers as a type of tree cancer known as Marri canker that gradually kills the tissues of the tree. Doctor George Matusick and Professor Giles Hardy of Centre of Excellence for Forest Health and Climate Change Woodland have commenced an inquiry into the cancer and hope to acquire funds from Australian Research Council to study the epidemic and other endangered trees.

Margaret River Wins Western Australia’s Top Tourism Town

Margaret River is WA’s Top Tourism Town for the year 2011. The tourism association of Augusta-Margaret River, its visitor centre plus the local hospitality industry jointly won the town’s first-ever Top Tourism award on Thursday in Kununurra. The title honours the contributions made by the hospitality industry and visitor centre to welcoming and attracting tourists to the area. Part of the winning prize is an advertising package worth $25,000 with the award sponsor, GWN7.

Keep Dogs Away From National Parks Appeal

Pet owners have been asked to keep their dogs away from national parks to help protect wildlife. Peter Simmonds, DEC’s Blackwood District national park ranger, said that pet dogs chasing and harassing migratory birds and native animals was a frequently occurring issue. “Many migratory birds fly thousands of kilometres to reach our shores, including some from the northern hemisphere,” Simmonds said, before adding, “When these birds arrive, they have used up most of their energy stores and need to recuperate, and if they are harassed by domestic animals, or people, they are already in a weakened state and can die from stress.”

Civic Reception Proposed For Champions

The shire council has proposed a civic reception for Margaret River netball team and Margaret River Hawks Football team, following their victory in their grand finals. With the suggestion put forward by shire’s president Ray Colyer, it has been proposed the council allot $8000 for the event to coincide with the inauguration of the shire’s new administration and civic centre on February 4th, when the complex is opened by Premier Colin Barnett. The reception will include food stalls, music, a bouncy castle, face painting and other activities.

Marriage Celebration

Garry and Kerry Cain invite married couples to celebrate the “awesomeness of marriage” with a feast on Nov 5th. The wedding-reception style dinner celebration will start at 7.00pm at Australis, Wallcliffe Road. Hailing from Osmington, the Cains have been happily married for 24 years and say that the intention is to commemorate the commitment of wedding. Price is $32 per head and dress code is smart casual. RSVP by Oct 31st to Kerry at 9757 4553 or

Karridale Peace Poster Winner

Indii-Rose Doyle, a year seven student at Karridale Primary School, was the local winner of this year’s international Lions Peace Poster contest, selected by Leeuwin Lions Club in Augusta. Her poster, which was one of 30 designed by students of Karridale and Augusta Primary Schools, will now be promoted to the statewide round of the competition. Entries were judged for their artistic merit, originality and representation of the competition’s theme; Children Know Peace.

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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