Week of July 11th 2011

SurfAid Fundraising Event at Prevelly

A well-known surf charity will hold a fund raiser next week in Margaret River. SurfAid International calls itself a non-profit humanitarian group that aims to improve the well-being, self-reliance and health of people residing in remote areas. It was actively involved in relief efforts in the wake of last year’s Mentawai Islands tsunami and since then has organised a series of recovery programs including providing shelter, clean water, healthcare, emergency preparedness and psychological support. SurfAid International will organise a fundraising event at Gnarabar in Prevelly on July 19th at 6.30pm where guests will get the opportunity to learn about its ongoing tsunami recovery activities.

Overnight Stays Fall but Tourism Remains Steady

The number of guests staying overnight in the South West fell by 4900 during the first quarter of 2011 compared to the same period last year, showed a survey conducted by Australian Bureau of Statistics. Tourism Council Western Australia published the new ABS findings last week that revealed 160,300 overnight guests in the South West between January to March, a decline of 4900 from the first quarter of 2010. The study included all motels, hotels, resorts and serviced apartments with 15 or more guestrooms. But despite the fall in overnight guests, the average accommodation occupancy rate remained steady across the region at 58% for the quarter, with the Margaret River occupancy rate a bit below average at 57%.

Skywest Starts Flights

Skywest launched flights connecting Busselton with Albany and Perth on Sunday and Friday evenings, over the weekend. Skywest Chief Executive Officer Mark Shelton, who initiated the new service, said that local support will be vital for the service to continue; however, he expressed hope it would expand to offer mid-week flights. Given Busselton’s close proximity to Margaret River (10 kms), the new service will also benefit people travelling to and from this region.

No to New School Bus Route

A proposed change in local school bus system routes won’t go ahead, local MPs have confirmed. The plan worried students and parents because it would’ve re-routed buses far from homes and forced some students to catch buses up to 30 minutes earlier. Parent Andrew Ross lodged a complaint with the South West MLC Barry House and the Public Transport Authority that the change would add over an hour to his child’s journey time between Margaret River and Prevelly. The proposed route also troubled Ross due to safety concerns, with a large bus passing through the narrow, zigzag Pusey Road, Caves Road, through to Johnson Road, Gracetown and Metricup Road. He was also disappointed as there hadn’t been a community consultation.

Innovation Important For Success

Innovative small holiday accommodation businesses in Margaret River which “add value” will continue to flourish. This is an advice based on the experience of Ray and Glenys Buchholz, the owners and operators of four-star award-winning Vintages Accommodation located in Willmott Avenue, Margaret River. Featuring 11 units that cater for a wide range of budgets, Vintages was booked out for the beginning of the school vacations and referring guests on to other well-known small accommodation operators last week.

Sniffer Dog Oriana Visits Margaret River

A drug sniffer dog named Oriana accompanied his handler to Margaret River to apprehend a drug offender last week. The Labrador worked together with Constable Grant Bear on Friday as they executed a search warrant at a house in Margaret River. One person was charged with drug-related offences, after cannabis, smoking implements and plants were recovered from his property. Oriana and Bear are members of the Western Australia Police Dog Squad that has 16 German Shepherds and 10 Labradors for police work.

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.

Comments

  1. Hi Ella, Thankfully for the children, I this has been rejected for just now. I think this is familiar for many shires to see where they can become more efficient, saving money and I hazard a guess that this was an easy target for them to start with?

  2. I was wondering about what’s going to happen to the school bus routes, I really wonder what these decision makers think to themselves and why they make these decisions without taking anyone into consideration.

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