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The fact that less people rocked up at the foreshores of Perth for this year’s Skyshow was probably one of the main reasons why there was less trouble. As police roamed in packs of six telling families, who were quietly having a drink, to pour them out was so sad. After viewing “They’re a Weird Mob” before heading down to the foreshore that whole being “Australian” was lost. Surely if we are to celebrate our nation, and all that it represents, our citizens should have the right to enjoy a beer!
I hate louts just as much as the next person, but a louts a lout and if they can’t drink alcohol on the foreshore they will just go and get drunk somewhere else before starting trouble (as was seen last night). I found it more offensive for people blowing their cigarette smoke than the people next to us being surrounded by six policemen as they supervised them pouring out their beers. What a damn shame. These are good law abiding citizens made to feel bad about about having a drink! The irony was, as they were doing this, you could hear Susanna Carr on Mix 94FM saying ‘so far the alcohol ban has not been enforced.’
Don’t get me wrong I have attended just about every Skyshow and have always admired the role of police. But when they are forced to concentrate on menial tasks, the real issues are ignored. How many people were riding bikes there without helmets? How many people let off flares? Where were the police as drunk young people poured out of the hotels? Where was the RBT lock down they were so proud about in Northbridge? Why don’t we leave events to organisers and stop letting the police run the show. Hmm and lets not forget, was the Lord Mayor and all the politicians able to have a few sips of the Chardonnay in their special VIP area? Maybe we should ban them as well and then we will see how fast the laws change back!
Now, as we all cancel our QANTAS frequent flyer points and join a new airline, can we all take note of one airline. The Royal Flying Doctor Service, bless them. Under funded and greatly ignored, have a look at how they came to the rescue of our flying kangaroo in the recent mishap near Exmouth. After the Perth bound airbus made an emergency landing at a military airstrip in the Australian desert , the Royal Flying doctors transported the most seriously injured patients to Perth. We should all be putting our hand in pockets to support them. I hope the State Government is taking note of how they handled this recent QANTAS crisis. Maybe QANTAS should be asking passengers to donate loose change to the Flying Doctor Services!
Ewh! OK, when a whale is obviously in distress and dying I am all for humanely putting it down. But I think the actions of the Jurien Bay wildlife officers was simply awful. Blowing up a dying 15 tonne Humpback whale with explosives isn’t good, no matter how you look at it. This poor mammal took 15 minutes to die after one detonation and a series of gunshots failed to put it out of its misery. I know in the wild it would have suffered longer, but my mind can’t reconcile that fact they blew a living thing up. See, this is the reason I don’t watch Animal Planet.
The quaint coastal resort town of Margaret River is located in the Augusta-Margaret River Shire, 283kms from Perth in the South-West Region of Western Australia. The region is known for its rich agricultural soils, hardwood forests and wineries. The major industries includes viticulture and wine production, dairy and beef cattle, sheep, horticulture, fishing, surfing and tourism.Margaret River was gazetted in 1913 as part of the State’s Group Settlement Scheme . The town lies on the banks of Margaret River near the Indian Ocean and was believed to be named by John Bussell(one of the first settlers in the area) in honor of Margaret Wyche, a family friend from England.