In the papers this week October 08th 2012

Students Learn About Mental Health

“Are you a sponge or a duck” is what the students at Cowaramup Primary School are asked when learning about mental wellbeing and health. This question is part of the KidsMatter Primary, a school-based program that aims to alleviate mental health problems amongst students, and provide support to students suffering from mental health problems. There are currently 800 schools participating in KidsMatter Primary, with an aim to reach 2000 schools before June 2014.

Riders Donate

It was a joyful occasion last Wednesday when Mr Bob Castle of Castle’s Legacy handed over a cheque of $1000 to Sue Jackman and volunteers of Riding for Disabled. The funds came from the proceeds of bingo night as well as players who donated all or part of their winnings. Riding for Disabled is now closer to getting a lifting hoist and ramp for their customers. They currently have 10 customers, but the number is expected to go up next term.

Surfing Dinner At MUST

Some of south west’s finest chefs are joining hands for a charity dinner- with a surf theme. The event will see former ASP world champion Martin Potter team up with Russell Blaike of Must Margaret River, Vasse Felix’s Aaron Carr, Lake Drachenberg of Hay Shed Hill, Leeuwin Estate’s Dany Angove and Tony Howell of Cape Lodge. The dinner will be hosted by Must Margaret River on October 18th. Tickets for the 5-course dinner and wines are priced at $150. For bookings visit

Cowaramup Gets New Fire Station

A new fire station costing $120,000 was opened in Cowaramup last Sunday. The official inauguration ceremony was attended by State Emergency Services Minister Troy Buswell and shire president Ray Colyer. Also present on the occasion were the volunteers of Cowaramup Bush Fire Brigade and their families. In his speech at the ceremony, Mr Colyer said that the station was “something residents and the fire brigade have been working towards for a long time”.

Music Legends

Perth based power pop musician Dom Mariani from The Stems and popular British punk artist and guitarist Nick Sheppard from The Clash are all set to grace Settlers Tavern in Margaret River on Friday, October 12th. Known as The Domnicks, the duo will be joined by drummer Marz Frisina and vintage bassist Howard Shawcross to play a blend of originals and garage soul classics from 19760s-70s.

Cooking Class At Cape Lodge

Cape Lodge will run a cooking class entitled “Fresh is Best” this Saturday from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm. Everybody is welcome as head chef Tony Howell designs the menu for the evening. This is a great opportunity for you to learn his kitchen secrets, recipes and tips. Tickets are priced at $295 per head and include cooking tutorial, apron and 5-course chef’s tasting menu. For details call Cape Lodge at 9755 6311 or email stay@cape­

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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