In the Papers this Week September 10th 2011

New Members For Tourism Association

Two new members are due to join Augusta-Margaret River Tourism Association’s management committee next week at its yearly general meeting. The committee members are Harriet Stocker, co-owner of the Yahava Coffee Works in Margaret River, and Bec Eaton, a cellar door manager at the Sandalford Wines in Wilyabrup. Both men have years of experience in tourism in wine producing regions throughout Australia. The yearly meeting is scheduled to be held on Sep 20th at the Palandri winery, Metricup.

First Class Trainer

A love for teaching cooking has placed local resident Amanda Smith in the race for 2011 Western Australia Trainer of the Year. Amanda, a cookery teacher at the South West Institute of Technology in Margaret River, is amongst the four finalists in her category and 47 finalists in total for the awards. Selected by the industry, she had to go through a three-month long selection process, which included interviews, and was short listed to become a finalist.

Man Robs Woman With Knife

A lady in her late twenties was robbed at knife point this week in Hughes, according to police. The victim was on her way home when she was approached by a man who demanded her cell phone. When the lady told him she didn’t have one, the man allegedly took out his knife and told her to handover her handbag. The lady instead gave him a packet containing her salary. The alleged robber then fled. He is said to be around 6’1” tall, overweight and wore black coloured track pants and a black coloured hooded jumper. Anybody with information on the suspect can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Child Care Move Worries Mothers

Local mothers fear that a move of child health services won’t be enough for the mothers’ and nurses’ group requirements. The Child Health Nurses have been asked by the Augusta-Margaret River Shire to abandon their existing premises by Jan 1st, 2012, to pave the way for planned expansion of the library. They will now move to what was formerly the Margaret River Wine Industry Association office at Margaret River Community Resource Centre. The parents are disappointed because the shire didn’t include the healthcare service in the building redevelopment plan.

Holiday Home Catches Fire

A Rosa Glen holiday home caught fire Sunday night, but wasn’t occupied luckily. A neighbour informed FESA at around 10 pm after seeing smoke rising into the sky. According to Sergeant Paul Daly, Rosa Brook, Busselton and Margaret River Bush Fire Brigades reached the scene and extinguished the blaze instantly. Daly also said that the single-story farmhouse at Manear Road suffered “extensive damage”.  Fire investigators were investigating the cause of the fire.

Drift Shooting Wraps Up

Location shooting of the surfing movie Drift wrapped up in Margaret River last Friday. According to Drift unit spokesperson Natalie O’Shea, the six-week movie shoot in Margaret River and Nannup was finished on time. It is believed that editing of the footage shot in the area will take around five months. About 40 locals were hired as movie crew and surfers, including Lief Mulik, Mikaela Green and Herome Forrest, who worked as body doubles for the actors in surf scenes.

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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