In the Papers this Week September 27th 2011

Shark Spotted

The sighting of a shark closed Grunters, Gas Bay and Gnarabup beaches last Friday at 10 am for 24 hours. According to the Fisheries Department, a seasoned surfer reported spotting a large shark around 150-200 metres off shore at the Grunters surf break. One week prior to this incident, Geographe Bay beaches close to Busselton jetty had also been closed after the sighting of a four-metre shark. Shark spotting must be reported to the Water Police (Ph: 9442 8600).

Dead whale Alert

People have been advised for safety and health reasons to keep away from the carcass of a whale found on Friday at Boranup Beach- located at the northern end of Hamelin Bay. According to the Department of Environment and Conser­vation, the three-metre long carcass is thought to be of a long finned pilot whale which was buried at the beach during stranding in 2009. It has been decided that the carcass will be left to decay naturally.

Gnarabar Owner to Visit Canberra to Represent the Region

Gnarabar owner Anthony Janssen will represent his Gnarabup based beachside bar and restaurant as well as the region at West Sensations Showcase being held in Canberra on Oct 11th. The event will be hosted by Federal Forest MP Nola Marino and will feature key trade and industry representatives. This year, Janssen and his Gnarabar have won a WA Business award, a Regional Business Award, a MYOB Small Business Award, in addition to being named First Amongst Equalsat the WA Business News Under 40 awards.

Lend A Hand To Cancer Victims

Have you got skills and would like to help? A local lady forming a support group for families affected by cancer needs your assistance. Lynda Donovan, a Margaret River resident, is in search of anybody who can clean, cook, garden, iron, babysit, do handyman chores or run errands.  “Basically anything that is required,” she said, before adding, “There are so many people who need help in the community.” Donovan got the idea while volunteering for the Camp Quality project earlier this year. If you are interested or knows anyone who can help, call Linda on 0403 430 838 or 9757 1293, send an email on or write to POBox481, Margaret River Post Office.

Event Held To Remember Cliff Tragedy

A gathering was held on Friday to mark the fifteenth anniversary of the cliff fall at Gracetown in 1996. Tony Morgan, whose daughter was killed when the limestone cliff collapsed, leaving nine people dead during a surfing carnival, said that it was a fitting time to reflect, not only for those whose loved ones were killed in the incident, but also for those who witnessed it.

Fletcher Wins Again

Renowned photographer Christian Fletcher has once again been honoured, receiving the state equivalent of the national prize that he won a few months earlier. Fletcher, who manages stores in Dunsborough and Margaret River, won the Western Australia AIPP Professional Landscape Photographer of the Year this month. He and his fellow photographers are currently undertaking a project to promote the Western Australian South West corner.

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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