In the papers this week September 02nd 2013

Market Offers Goodies For Kids

Margaret River Playgroup’s Mini Me Market this weekend will offer secondhand and new goods for children and babies. After the huge success of last year’s market, the playgroup decided to hold the event again this year, with the addition of ladies garments as well. Taking place on Sun, September 08th from 9am to 12noon, entry is by gold coin donation and all proceeds will go towards the purchase of new toys and improving the playgroup centre.

Council Faces Major Shake Up

Margaret River council is expecting a major shake up this October as two councillors are about to retire and many local identities are hinting that they will contest for four unoccupied seats. The council will also be looking for a new president, as incumbent president Ray Colyer said this week he would step down after the October elections. Mr. Ray, who was elected in 2005, said he was retiring because he wanted to concentrate on his family and his Augusta-based landscaping and gardening business.

McGregor To Run For Council Again

Jenny McGregor, the former councillor of Augusta Margaret River Shire, has announced that she would return to the council race in October. When asked why she wanted to come back after quitting her eight-year job at the council in June, McGregor replied, “I resigned because I wanted my concerns brought to the community’s attention and to get the community more involved with decisions. I think that’s been achieved.”

Orchid Fanatics In Race For Top Honours

Flower fans will head to the Watershed Winery this weekend for the 2013 Margaret River Orchid Society Show. Orchid enthusiasts from all over the region will present up to 250 floral arrangements in an attempt to be crowned the 2013 champion. Bernadette Campbell, the secretary treasurer at Orchid Society, said that 2013 was the 07th year the event was being held at the Watershed Winery in the 29-year history of the society.

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Local Wines On Top Of The World

Margaret River’s Credaro Family Estate, which set up its cellar door only one and a half years ago, is expected to get a lot more busy after their wine was ranked one of the finest in the world. The family-owned winery’s Beach Head 2011 shiraz was ranked the finest Red Rhone Varietal for a bottle priced at more than £15 ($26) at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London on Wednesday. Credaro Family Estate was the only WA business and one of the five Australian entrants to get an international award on the night.

Entries Open For Writers’ Festival Competition

South West writers are being asked to gear up as the Margaret River Short Story Competition returns for the third time. A joint initiative of the Margaret River Press and Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival, the competition has resulted in the publication of two positively reviewed anthologies- Things That Are Found In Trees, released last year, and this year’s Knitting. Entries will close on November 01st. For entry forms, go to

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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