News Insight Week of August 1st 2011

Article breif: Acclaimed Movie Night, Lions Do Well Despite Wet Weather, Readers Raise Huge Amount, Fruit And Vegetable Legends, Visitor Centres In The Race For Top Tourist Town Awards and Wineries Want Improved Signs.

Acclaimed Movie Night

The Margaret River Regional Centre will organise a film night over the weekend to screen the documentary Our Generation. The movie, which received an award for the best campaigning movie at the London International Documentary Festival 2011, tells the tale of Australia’s indigenous people’s struggle for freedom, culture and land. Our Generation will showcase Saturday 7pm at the Margaret River Karate Club located on Wallcliffe Road. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.

Lions Do Well Despite Wet Weather

The Lions garage sale held on 30th July was supported well despite the rainy weather, whereas the sale on 16th July attracted one of the largest numbers of people ever seen by the Margaret River Lions Club. While appreciating all volunteers who worked hard to make this event a success, Lion Claire Parker thanked everybody who came to support the club and made generous donations.

Readers Raise Huge Amount

Margaret River Independent School students raised over $1000 after they took part in a sponsored reading activity, raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Australia that works for the welfare of people with Multiple Sclerosis. The students participated in an MS Readathon, which required them to finish reading as many books as possible during a 30-day period. Family and friends sponsored them either by pledging a certain amount for each book read, paying according to the hours spent reading or by giving a donation. Grade 7 students India Stanley and Sunni Pardoe made an excellent contribution, raising over $300 together.

Fruit And Vegetable Legends

Vegetable and fruit enthusiasts in Margaret Reason have a reason to be proud of- two local shops have emerged triumphant at a recently held fresh produce awards show. At the Western Australia Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year Awards on Friday July 22nd, The Garden Basket, a family operated firm owned by Garry and Marie Hinkley, beat six finalists and 68 entrants across the state to clinch Western Australia’s Best Small Fruit and Vegetable Shop. Meanwhile, supermarket Coles won the prize for the Best Regional Supermarket. The businesses were judged on the basis of four categories- freshness, quality, appearance of the merchandise and the knowledge and enthusiasm of staff.

Visitor Centres In The Race For Top Tourist Town Awards

Both the Augusta and Margaret River visitor centres have reached the finale of the 2011 Top Tourism Town Awards. The Margaret River centre is contending against last year’s winner Broome, as well as the Kununurra, Kalgoorlie, Armadale and Busselton centres as finalists. The Augusta centre, meanwhile, is contending for the Top Tourism Town in the category of less than 5000 population, together with last year’s champion Bridgetown, Northampton, Kalbarri and Derby. In addition to the Top Tourism Town Awards, the centres will also compete in special category awards including culture, heritage, management, website development, staff training, environment, community relations, marketing and business planning.

Wineries Want Improved Signs

Some Margaret River winery owners aren’t happy with the positioning of advertising signs on the main roads. Nat and Amy Burch, the owners of Howard Park Wines, want signs to be placed on the main roads, like Caves Road, rather than the side roads. The Burches brought up the issue after Erl Happ, the owner of Happs Winery, started campaigning for a change in policies for both the Augusta-Margaret River and Busselton Shires. Happ, whose sign was seized by Main Roads recently, wants individual signs to return along roadways to promote local businesses.

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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