In the papers this week September 23rd 2013

Margaret River Reclaims Tourism Award

Margaret River has once again claimed the Top Tourism Award for the year 2013 at the 24th annual GWN7 Top Tourism Awards. This is the second time in the last three years that the town has been crowned Western Australia’s Top Tourism Town. Margaret River edged out Denmark and Busselton for the award whereas Dunsborough won the same award in the population less than 5000 category. The Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association received prizes worth $30,000.

Tastes Of Margaret River On Display

Margaret River is set to entice tastebuds at this year’s IGA Perth Royal Show with a stall showcasing local gourmet produce. Tastes of the Margaret River Region will be on show in the IGA Fresh from Western Australia Pavilion and is a project of the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association, in cooperation with four leading boutique local wine and food producers. The IGA Perth Royal Show will kick off at the Claremont Showgrounds on September 28th and run until October 05th.

Exciting Show For All Ages

Both parents and kids can be equally thrilled about this year’s Margaret River & Districts Agricultural Show with free admission for kids aged 16 or under. Moreover, there is a Jetset gate prize worth $6000 up for grabs for two persons to Mauritius. Free entry was offered to kids below 12 for the first time through state funding last year and increased age limit for the 2013 event is exactly what the organisers had been hoping for. To find out more, please visit

Hikers Brace Themselves For Hike4Hunger Challenge

A group of Cape to Cape hikers from around Australia will take on a hike4hunger challenge in October to raise funds for a charity. The 16 people intend to finish the entire track within nine days, covering around 135 kilometres of shoreline between Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste. They will embark on their journey on October 12th. To make a donation or support the trekkers, please go to

Event To Launch New Arts Website And Logo

Locals welcomed new website and logo of Arts Margaret River with a champagne “cheers” last Friday at the Cultural Centre. Around 150 guests enjoyed canapés and drinks with performances by the drumming band “Rio Margarita”, before the Arts Margaret River came forward to unveil its look.  The logo has four coloured panels showing a disc, squiggle, book and stage lights. According to Designer Emily Douglas, these represent cinema on disc, literature, performing arts and visual arts. You can see the new website at

Homes Lose Power After Storm

Thousands of businesses and homes throughout the south west were left without power after storms brought down power lines and trees last Sunday night. A Western Power representative said that up to 16,000 consumers lost power across the area, though the numbers were comparatively low in the Augusta Margaret River region. The fallen trees were removed from the road on Monday morning, whereas Western Power squads were dispatched to repair the damaged power lines and poles.

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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