News Insight Week of July 18th 2011

Article brief: Cold Chisel to Make a Comeback for Australian Tour, Councillor: Margaret River should “renew”, Councillor Ready to Retire, MP: Carbon Tax to Affect Tourism, Environmental Group Disappointed With Council’s Coal Decision, Margaret River Residents Get the Drift

Cold Chisel to Make a Comeback for Australian Tour

Cold Chisel have recovered from the loss of their drummer Steve Prestwich and the band has announced its first tour in nearly three decades. The Adelaide rockers will take part in 24 shows across Australia and two in New Zealand for the Light The Nitro Tour 2011 that will run from October to November. They will stop at Sandalford Estate in Margaret River on Sat November 26th and at Belvoir Amphitheatre on Sun November 27th. Tickets go on sale on Thu August 4th.

Councillor: Margaret River should “renew”

Margaret River should “renew or stagnate”, Councillor Brian Middleton said at a shire council meeting last week. The remarks came during a debate on the study entitled “Redevelopment of Margaret River Townsite: Creating a World Class Main Street Tourist Precinct.” The study evaluates the renovation of the main street to make way for the planned perimeter road. Middletown said, “It’s time to renew. People asking for ‘low growth or no growth’ are living in a parallel universe. WA is growing. It’s pretty courageous of the state government to direct growth out of the city,” before adding, “It’s about beautifying the place, making it more attractive. Let’s hope we get some good responses.”

Councillor Ready to Retire

After representing Margaret River Ward on the shire council for six years, Councillor Brian Middletown has said he wouldn’t run for council again after his tenure ends this October. The announcement came during a recent meeting of the Capes Regional Organisation of Councils.  “It was a hard decision but it was the right decision,” Middleton said, before adding, “I think my time is up. I quite enjoy it, but it’s incredibly demanding. It’s somebody else’s turn.”

MP: Carbon Tax to Affect Tourism

Plans by Busselton and Margaret River to draw more tourists to the South West will be foiled by the carbon tax, according to Federal Forrest MP Nola Marino. “At a time when tourism operators are facing the challenges of a high Australian dollar, Julia Gillard is making matters worse with another tax that will make a South West holiday less price competitive than going overseas,” she said. Marina further elaborated that the federal government plans to apply the carbon tax to domestic flights, but won’t apply it to overseas flights, making it expensive for travellers to fly within Australia.

Environmental Group Disappointed With Council’s Coal Decision

A Margaret River green group said it was unhappy with a council plan to return to coal-fired power in an attempt to cut energy expenses. The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River had decided to embrace green, clean energy sources in its attempt to go carbon neutral. But it now claims that rising electricity costs have forced it to return to coal-fired power in order to save $50,000. Rod Whittle of the Leewin Environment group said he was unhappy with the plan.

Margaret River Residents Get the Drift

Over 500 Margaret River residents flocked to the Cultural Centre on the evening of Monday July 18th for the auditions for acting extras in the movie Drift. Crowds put on their best 60s and 70s attire to impress casters for a role in the $11mn Hollywood movie. Attendees auditioned for a range of background roles, including motorcyclists, partygoers, mill workers, skateboarders, hippies, surf competition spectators and bar hounds. The extras need to be available for shooting on short notice.

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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