In the Papers this Week September 3rd 2011

Study The Stars

A local astronomy buff in Margaret River is searching for like-minded individuals to establish a club. Raymond Prior believes this club will be an excellent way to spend hours of darkness once the weather improves. “There’s no astronomy club down here – there is one in Bunbury but that’s too far away,” he says. Prior isn’t new to astronomy, a field he has been associated with for around 50 years. Interested people can contact him on 0400 021 247 or 9757 9716.

Preparing For The Fire Season

As the fire season looms, local authorities have joined hands to contemplate bushfire plans to protect Gnarabup and Prevelly. The Wallcliffe Volunteer Bushfire Brigade has held meetings with the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) and local government officials in recent weeks to discuss the issue. In the wake of the bushfire in Gnarabup in Oct 2009, a commission was established to monitor the risks of bushfire in the region and to assist in developing a Bushfire Hazard Reduction Program. The commission consists of representatives of the local government, local bushfire brigade, community members, DEC and FESA.

Schools Participate In Big Singalong

Local Margaret River schools on Thursday joined their voices for the second annual interactive nationwide event Count Us In day. Over 600 students of Margaret River Primary School along with their parents, teachers and members of the local community, and all students of St Thomas More Catholic Primary School joined around half a million students from schools nationwide to sing We’ve Got the Music, in order to celebrate the significance of music education at school level. The event coincided with National Song Day on 1st September when students from around the country sing one song in unison.

Students To Participate In Youth Summit

Two students from Margaret River Senior High School will visit Perth in late September to participate in the junior edition of the CHOGM. Year 10 students Grace Tusak and Elizabeth Jackson have been selected to represent the African country Cameroon in a debate at the youth summit, due to be held on Sep 26th at the Perth Convention Centre. Topics likely to be discussed include the problems faced by the people in Cameroon, in addition to issues such as AIDS and HIV, and education. The two girls were chosen by teachers because of their academic achievements, excellent performance in SOSE subjects as well as their abilities as public speakers.

Shark Attack Victim Had Survived Car Accident

Kyle Burden, who died on Sunday in a shark attack whilst bodyboarding at the Bunker Bay close to Dunsborough, had narrowly escaped death just one week earlier. The 21-year old man from Wilyabrup told the operator of a local Margaret River car repair company last week that he slept while driving his KIA sportage and rolled off the road near Bunbury whilst coming back from Perth on Sat, Aug 27th at 3 am. The repairman, who requested anonymity, also said that Kyle “seemed a nice young surfer”.

Four Contestants For Leeuwin Ward Poll

Leeuwin Ward voters in Augusta-Margaret River shire need to select from four contestants running for the position of councillor. The contestants include existing Leeuwin Ward councillor Mike Smart contesting for another four-year tenure, and former president of the shire Nick Dornan. The other contestants include eco tours provider Barry Purcell and former secretary of Karridale/Augusta RSL sub-branch Anthony Goodman- both from Augusta.

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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