In the Papers this Week September 16th 2013

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Margaret River Named Top Town
Margaret River is one of the only two WA places to be named among the Top 10 Australian Destinations to Experience in a survey conducted recently by Experience Oz. Margaret River was voted as a food lovers’ paradise, with a rugged coastline and diverse scenery, as well as Australia’s leading whale watching location. Nigaloo Reef was the other WA destination to be named in the Top 10. You can check out the full list of Top Ten Destinations to Experience here.

Community Grieves Lost Life
A catastrophic road accident over the weekend sent a wave of grief through the Augusta Margaret River shire community. Gordon Smith, a 45-year old resident of Nillup, was driving east along the Brockman Highway on Saturday when a tree fell over his car at about 12.30 pm. He died on the spot. Sgt. Rik Lok of Augusta Police said that the tragic accident was simply “unavoidable”.

Resort Firm Eyes Margaret River
Singapore-based Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts is looking to expand its global presence with a resort in the Margaret River region. The high-end firm is still weighing up the opportunity but apparently plans to open a resort consisting of around 200 suites and rooms. Banyan Tree develops and operates hotels, resorts and spas in over 29 destinations worldwide. The firm was the winner of the 2012 Business Traveller Awards and the 2012 UK Daily Telegraph ULTRAS Awards.

Augusta Set To Get Groovy
The town of Augusta is set to get groovy over the weekend for the 70s Dance Party at the Centennial Hall. Among upbeat locals are the Augusta Primary School students who worked very hard to create outrageous decorations. An initiative of the Augusta Hall Promotions & Arts Council, the dance party will take place at the hall on Saturday from 7.30pm. All proceeds from the event will go to the school’s P&C committee.

Chance To See Tennis Stars In Action
The annual Margaret River Tennis International taking place next month will offer a rare chance to see international and Australian tennis players in action. The October 6-13 tournament will be hosted by the Margaret River Tennis Club, Gloucester Park. Event director Rick Arthur said he hoped spectators would support all 64 players during the tournament. “To have such a high calibre of players competing is a fantastic opportunity for the Augusta Margaret River Shire and local tennis fans to watch the stars in action,” he said.

Students Determine Wetlands Health
The students of local primary schools helped assess the health of wetlands at Margaret River’s Montessori last week. Ms. Tracey Muir from the Cape to Cape Catchments Group paid a visit to Margaret River Montessori, Margaret River Primary School and St Thomas More Catholic Primary to help students in inspecting water samples obtained from the wetlands. They discovered numerous macroinvertabrae species including caddis fly larvae and damsel fly. Ms. Tracey said that these species were especially sensitive to pollution and their existence was an indicator of the water’s good health.

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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