In the Papers this Week of August 8th 2011

Clive’s Wines Impress The Judges

Winemaker Clive Otto of Fraser Gallop was quite “rapt” to be chosen as a finalist in the 2011 Gourmet Traveller Wine Winemaker of the Year awards. Clive is the only finalist from Western Australia, with the other eight from New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia. The winner is due to be announced at the end of September. Clive has been described in the magazine as “crucial to the rise and rise of Margaret River”. This isn’t the first such achievement for Clive, who became the winner of the Winestate magazine’s 2005 Winemaker of the Year award.

Schools Celebrate Improvements

Local Margaret River schools celebrated new facilities being added recently, with Margaret River Primary School formally opening their five classrooms and new library, and St Thomas More Catholic Primary School organising an assembly in their newly built library. MRPS commenced their $3.85mn classrooms and library on Friday, with Minister for Agriculture and Food Terry Redman present at the ceremony. STM held an assembly on Monday whereby guests enjoyed morning tea, songs from the pupils and a blessing of the new facilities by Father Wally Kevis.

Saved from the Blackwood

Augusta’s Sea Search and Rescue squad on Friday managed to rescue two people from the Blackwood River after their vessel was capsized. According to Sgt. Matt Leishman, the two men, travellers to the area, got into trouble when gushing water filled their vessel in a strong current at around 4.30pm. The vessel capsized, and emergency teams were called in. Both the men and their vessel were safely brought to the shore without any injuries.

Elderly Lady Crashes Into Hostel

An elderly lady was severely wounded on Friday after she crashed her car into a backpacker hostel in Augusta. According to Sgt. Matt Leishman, the lady was driving in the IGA car parking when she struck a bollard at around 1pm and drove through a railing. The car was airborne and crashed into the building used by Augusta Hotel. The car went straight through a wall, but fortunately nobody was in the room. The woman was taken to hospital and is said to have sustained injuries to the chest and skull. Police are probing the incident.

Art finds New Home

Margaret River Community Resource Centre is the new permanent home of “Playing Around in Margaret River,” an amazing sculptural artwork produced and designed by members of the Artzability Margaret River during a series of workshops organised by artist Karen Seaman. These workshops were linked to Vintage Art Trail launched last March by Margaret River Wine Industry Association at the Margaret River Wine Region Festival 2011.

Happy Photographers Win Prizes

Two emerging photographers were delighted last week to find out they did well in a regional photography contest. Richi Williams and Riley Demunari of Margaret River Senior High School finished third and second respectively in the Visions of Strength contest organised by AccordWest. Ruth Tilstone of AccordWest was impressed with the high quality of images submitted. “The overall quality of the Margaret River entrants was fantastic. A lot of thought was put into the photos,” she said. Most of the participants were from Margaret River, Collie, Busselton, Harvey and Bunbury. The students’ photographs will be displayed at AccordWest’s offices in Bunbury and Busselton.

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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