News Insight Week of July 25th 2011

Article brief: Council Plans for Good Times, Cullen Wines Mark 40-Year Anniversary, Margaret River Golf Competition Results, Ice Cream Battle: New Competitor Moving In, Wait For Digital TV.

Council Plans for Good Times

We may be facing difficult times but the Augusta-Margaret River Shire Council is keen to look forward to the better ones, according to remarks at a special meeting last week to approve its budget for 2011-12. The budget was well balanced with an anticipated rate revenue of $14mn and with councillors giving the go-ahead to a differential rates scheme. Moreover, the budget took into consideration $5.4mn worth of estimated contributions and grants to acquire capital assets, and is likely to have an operating income worth $22.9mn, of which around $19.2mn will be used to pay operating expenses. Approximately $17mn will be used for infrastructure projects, bridges, roads and footpaths.

Cullen Wines Mark 40-Year Anniversary

Cullen Wines organised a cocktail party to celebrate its 40th anniversary on Saturday night. The event was organised to thank everyone who has been associated with Cullen Wines during this period. Transport Minister Troy Buswell, wine writers, shire councillors and some overseas distributors were amongst those present on the occasion. Minister Buswell praised the contributions made by the late Ken and Diana Cullen to the region. The guests were treated to 2004 Diana Madeleine wine.

Margaret River Golf Competition Results

Dave Goodall once again played excellent golf this week to clinch Men’s stableford competition on Saturday with 40 points. Brian Zanich was the runner-up with 39 points while Matt O’Connell came third with 38 points. Meanwhile, Peter Boyanich won Sunday’s mixed competition with 42 points, while Dave Goodall came second with his 36 points, followed by Brian Zanich and Dave Glasson. The competition was sponsored by the Down South Wholesalers.

Illegal Advertising Signs Seized

Main Roads Western Australia confiscated as many as 29 billboards along Caves Rd between Margaret River and Busselton last week in a crackdown on unlawful road signage. There were 28 more billboards that were too difficult to seize as they were too large, in trees or chained, but Main Roads Western Australia plans to go back for them. Allan Roberts, customer services manager at Main Roads Western Australia, said the crackdown was “in response to requests from a member of the public and from the (Busselton) shire, adding that owners can “have their signs back on the condition they don’t display them without approval.”

Ice Cream Battle: New Competitor Moving In

Competition within the South West’s boutique ice cream market is set to become more intense next summer. Cold Rock Ice Creamery, a subsidiary of Franchise Food Company based in Melbourne, announced it was targeting the Margaret River region as its new business “hot spot” and a possible destination for one of the 25 outlets its plans to set up across Western Australia over the next couple of years. Cold Rock Ice Creamery plans to compete directly with the existing boutique ice cream stalwart in the South West, Simmo’s Ice Cream, as well as the newcomer Miller’s Ice Cream.

Wait For Digital TV

Residents of Margaret River and Augusta might have to wait six more months for transmitters before they can get new digital channels that Busselton will start receiving by month’s end. Channel Nine Perth, GWN7 and WIN WA spokespeople said that nine new digital channels, which include digital editions of WIN and GWN7, will start transmission on 28th July from Mt Lennard, with signals reaching Dunsborough. They also said that users who didn’t get digital signals would need to wait until transmitters are set up.

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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