In the Papers this Week – September 19th 2011

Flourish Sunday

Kids of all ages are guaranteed a great time at the Flourish festival 2011 being held on Saturday, Oct 8th, with fun-filled activities planned for the entire day. Captain Cleanup, Laser skirmish, extreme bungee air jumpers, rock climbing wall, bouncy castles, rescued animals, music workshops, face painting, Dune Dude and Captain Coastcare will all be at the Wharncliffe Mill to entertain the kids. The festival runs between 9 am and 5.30 pm and entry is by gold coin donation.

Committee: Resource Centre To Suit Child Healthcare

The Margaret River Community Resource Centre Committee is taking swift measures to mitigate some mothers’ concerns that the centre isn’t adequate as the new venue for Child Health Clinic. According to committee’s president Sally Hay, the centre’s heritage architect is working with Western Australia Country Health Service South West on conversion and refurbishment of the office space previously used by Margaret River Wine Industry Association into a child healthcare centre and conformed toilets are available there.

Chocolate Company Wins Gold

The Margaret River Chocolate Co. once again dominated this year’s Perth Royal Show’s chocolate contest, and also added ice cream medal to its awards tally for quality measure. It received the prestigious Champion Chocolate award for the most excellent chocolate product at the event, in addition to an unparalleled seven gold and one silver medal in chocolate judging. The company also won four silver and one gold medal in its first year in the ice cream contest.

Chamber Awards For Best Businesses

Three new winners dominated the Margaret River Chamber of Commerce and Industry business awards held last week. Men’s accessories and clothing retailer Men by Design, opened by Michelle Bickers last year, won the 2011 People’s Choice Margaret River Business of the Year award. Down South Camping & Outdoors won the 2011 Margaret River Business of the Year award for business with a workforce of fewer than 10, whereas the award for the 2011 Margaret River Business of the Year for business with over 10 employees went to Settlers Tavern.

Youth Council Returns

The shire’s Youth Advisory Council has returned following a short break, with both new and old members of ages 12 to 24 invited to express their views on youth activities and events. Speaking of the comeback, shire president Ray Colyer stated, “We value our youth and want them to tell us about the things they would like to see happen.” Gemma Mincherton has become part of the shire’s community development team following her seven year tenure with the State Government and wants to assist the youth in showcasing fun, healthy events which provide YAC members with the chance to develop their leadership skills as well as keep the local community amused.

Smith Is Western Australia’s Best Trainer

Amanda Smith, hospitality industry trainer at the South West Institute of Technology Margaret River, is the winner of the 2011 Western Australia Trainer of the Year award. Peter Collier, Training and Workforce Development Minister, presented the award to Amanda at this year’s Western Australia Training Awards held at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre last week. It was Amanda’s love for wine and food that led her to become a restaurant chef, manager, owner and this time, industry trainer.

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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