In the Papers this Week October 31st 2011

$4500 Raised At Girls’ Night

A girls’ night organised last Wednesday by the female staff of Margaret River hotel raised around 4500 dollars for Cancer Council research. The initiative had the active participation of 60 girls. Chelsea Cooper, a staff member, managed to raise 1100 dollars from client donations by shaving off her hair.  “It was a fantastic night,” said manager Julie Hughes, adding, “With Chelsea’s head shave, a silent auction of goods and services donated by local businesses and a cake stall – girlfriends and staff at the hotel baked cakes for it – we raised about 4500 dollars all up.”

Shark Patrolling To Begin

Helicopter patrolling to scan the region’s coastlines for possible shark activity was promised last week during a meeting between the Fisheries Minister, Fisheries WA chief executive officer and Shire of Augusta-Margaret River president Ray Colyer. According to Premier Colin Barnett, copters will fly over the coastline from Margaret River to Bunbury during school vacations and weekends. Dates and times are yet to be announced, pending consultation with Surf Lifesaving.

Coal Report Postponed

The deadline for the report about submissions on Environmental Protection Authority’s appraisal of the Vasse Coal Project in Osmington Rd. has been delayed to Friday. Minister of Environment Bill Marmion was previously due to receive the report on Monday from Garry Middle of one-member appeals committee. But a spokesperson for Mr. Bill said last week that the report was now expected on Friday. The spokesperson also said that Mr. Bill would require some time to decide whether or not to agree to the EPA’s suggestion that this underground coal mine plan is “environmentally unacceptable”.

Fire Hazards Could Cost Property Owners

Land owners in town and subdivisions across Augusta-Margaret River only have a little more than a month to abide by strict hazardous fuel reduction and firebreak notices, or face additional charges this year. Those failing to abide by the notice requirement may face a $5,000 penalty and, for the first time, the extra charge of paying for the contractor invited by the council for clearing their land. Hazardous fuel reduction and firebreak notices were sent out last month and land owners have until December 6th to abide. They should make sure their properties continue to abide until May 12th 2012.

Seniors Celebrations

As part of the Seniors Week, Shire of Augusta-Margaret River will host a Connecting Seniors event on Tue, November 8th 10-12pm at Shiraz Room, Australis. The event will feature live entertainment and complimentary morning tea. It will also include information from recreational groups, community groups and service providers on services, opportunities and activities for seniors. Those who want to attend should RSVP by November 3rd to 97805 255 or email

Classical Come Back For Concert

Leeuwin Estate is ready to be transformed into a live entertainment venue as its Concert Series returns on Feb 11th and 12th 2012. The concerts will feature tenor David Hobson and soprano Marina Prior teamed with Perth Symphony Orchestra playing “enchanting repertoires” from renowned classics such as Tosca and La Traviata through to the best songs from music theatre including Les Misérables, West Side Story and The Phantom of the Opera. James Morrison along with his 11-member band will perform their vibrant Motown Show at the post-concert party. Tickets can be purchased from www.leeuwin­

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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