Week of July 4th 2011

Gnarabup Running for Award

Gnarabar restaurant and bar located in Gnarabup has been nominated as a finalist in the prestigious Telstra Business Award for 2011, due to be announced on July 19. Gnarabar is amongst six nominated finalists in the Western Australia small business category. The awards are being held for the past 19 years and commemorate the achievements and aspirations of small and medium-size businesses. Owners Ben Bishop and Anthony Janssen will have to wait until later this month to find out whether their restaurant won the award thanks to the support of locals and visitors alike.

Margaret River Students Prove They Are Scientifically Super

Margaret River students of Senior High School grade 9 have outperformed their counterparts from several other South West schools by winning the 2011 Southwest Division of the Science and Engineering Challenge. Last week, the students visited Australind to participate in the contest and undertook eight engineering challenges that involved making and designing machines or other types of structures to accomplish a set of objectives. They will now take part in the state finals in September, which will give them an opportunity to enter the national finals in Victoria.

Financial Funding for Beach Clean-up

Margaret River division of the Surfrider Association and a yearly clean-up of South Western beaches have received funding support from the state government. The Margaret River division of the Surfrider Association, which was established over 20 years ago and won the Surfrider Campaign of the Year and Branch of the Year in 2010, will get a Coastwest grant of $4900 to help it arrange the organisation’s annual Coastal Education and Capacity Building Conference. The conference aims to boost volunteer motivation and improve the community’s ability to take on coast care projects.

Taxi Companies Facing Driver Shortages

Taxi companies in Margaret River are facing driver shortages and a new taxi licensing system introduced by the Department of Transport is to be blamed. The system requires new taxi drivers to collect their own traffic conviction record, police clearance, medical checks and traffic infringement record, which cost over $300 and require applicants to wait for several weeks to obtain their T licence approval. Drivers were previously able to submit a medical to the licensing centre that would then obtain a police clearance for $120.

South West Still Low on Water Following Rain

Rain throughout the South West region last week hasn’t done much to replenish water supply in Margaret River, despite most areas getting decent downpours. Ten Mile Brook Dam is currently at just 29% capacity, requiring much more water to meet next summer’s water needs. An official at the Water Corporation said, “The recent rainfall has resulted in less than a 1% increase to storage in Ten Mile Brook Dam, though more runoff is expected in the coming days.” The Water Corporation last recorded the dam on 29th June as having 494 megalitres. It has a capacity of 1691ML.

Pear Wine Wins Big At Show

Classic dry whites, the Margaret River region’s signature wines, may possibly have a local rival- flavoursome, rich fruit liqueurs and wines. Nashi Pear Sparkling Wine by Berry Farm took top honours at Australian Fruit Wine Show 2011 with a silver medal and Best Sparkling Wine of the Show. Another two fruit wines by Berry Farm received bronze medals- Berry Farm Blackberry and Limoncello Liqueur for the Liqueur Category and Berry Farm Raspberry Port for the Fortified Wine Category.

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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