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Butler to air new songs at Leeuwin

Margaret River-based international recording artist John Butler will air tracks from his forthcoming album at a Leeuwin Estate concert on January 27. The announcement comes as Home, Butler’s first album in four years, features in an upcoming national tour with songwriter Missy Higgins. The musicians will be joined by Stella …

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Funding push for State Barrier Fence extension

WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan has reignited efforts to secure Federal funding to complete the long-awaited State Barrier Fence development to safeguard WA’s pastoral industry from ravaging wild dog populations. Ms MacTiernan last week called for the Federal Government to commit the remaining $2.5 million needed for the fence’s touted …

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Margaret River must tackle drawback: report

A recent report outlining the region’s most disadvantaged residents says more needs to be done to achieve economic stability within the Augusta-Margaret River shire. The Tackling Disadvantage and Inequality through the Economic Development Strategy report (now titled Economic Sustainability Strategy) was written by Dr Gary Burke and Dr Laura Stocker, …

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New chief for Australian Live Exporters’ Council amid trade turmoil

A new chief executive will guide the Australian Live Exporters’ Council through the nation’s increasing live export uncertainty, as incumbent boss Simon Westaway prepares to depart his post. Former Queensland Police deputy commissioner Brett Pointing will take the ALEC chief executive reins next month, replacing the outgoing Mr Westaway. Mr …

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Fine convergence of ceramic art

The Courthouse Gallery’s Convergence exhibition opens tonight, celebrating the work of three ceramics artists from across Australia. Ted Secombe, from Victoria, specialises in crystalline glazing, Jackie Gasson from Queensland is a soda firer and Perth potter Cher Shackleton is known for her work using the Anagama kiln. The trio’s first …

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Regional rider takes title | The West Australian

Margaret River mountain biker Roly Kyme was crowned WA Downhill Champion at the State finals in the Ferguson Valley on Sunday. The Wellington Mill final was the culmination of a six-event series. Margaret River Off Road Cycling Association riders have competed throughout the series, with the State Championships, the final …

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Call for community to get involved

Smiths Beach Surf Life Saving Club will host a registration day tomorrow and is calling on the community to get involved. Club president Keith Warrick said children and adults were encouraged to sign up. “We’re encouraging former members to re-sign and convince new parties to come along, sign up and …

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Ramelius undervalues Tampia gold potential, says Explaurum

Ramelius Resources’ acquisition drive to feed its Edna May gold plant has hit a speed bump, with gold explorer Explaurum telling shareholders its takeover bid is undervalued and ill-timed. The miner launched an all-scrip $59 million bid on Monday to gain control of Explaurum’s Tampia prospect 140km south of its …

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