Bushfires take toll on Track

The April 8, 2015 edition of the Walpole Weekly is out now. In this week’s issue:

  • Plans are underway to bring the Bibbulmun Track back to full operation in the aftermath of February’s bushfires;
  • The Lions organisation wants to open a club in Walpole;
  • Jarrah Glen Lifestyle Village leasehold units are now available to over 55s;
  • Walpole & Districts enjoyed a clear view of the lunar eclipse on April 4;
  • Geoffrey Newby reviews “The Book That Made Your World”;
  • Walpole Primary School Principal Chris Cook asks drivers and parents to watch out for young children on our roads;
  • And more … Download the April 8, 2015 edition of the Walpole Weekly (PDF 4 MB)


Royalties for regional burning?

Download the April 1, 2015 edition of the Walpole Weekly (PDF 5 MB)

  • Is prescribed burning an appropriate use of Royalties for Regions funds?
  • We take a look at official climate projections to June 2015 … and for the remainder of the 21st century!
  • A thriving water rat population means healthy waterways;
  • Jim Clark has published his memoirs;
  • Diane Beckingham marvels at the flowering grass trees along the South Western Highway and tells us a bit about them in her Nature Notes;
  • Molly Smith looks back at how the Walpole Country Club came to be;
  • The Tree Top Walk and Walpole CRC have organised lots of fun and inspiring activities for kids these Easter school holidays;
  • And more … Download the April 1, 2015 edition of the Walpole Weekly (PDF 5 MB)April-1-2015-cover


Who dumped this?

Download the March 25, 2015 edition of the Walpole Weekly (PDF 4 MB)

  • Who illegally dumped a trailer-load of paints, solvents, chemicals and other rubbish along the South Western Highway? We have a clue;
  • Learn of Brenda Painter’s awesome track (& field) record of athletic achievement as she prepares for the Australian Masters and World Masters championships;
  • The place is popping! An arts and crafts shop in Walpole and an art gallery in Nornalup will pop up over the Easter long weekend;
  • Plucking the shadow of the moon from the bottom of the sea … (!?);
  • Former West Coast Eagles champion Daniel Kerr wants to be a Denmark-Walpole Magpie;
  • And more … Download the March 25, 2015 edition of the Walpole Weekly (PDF 4 MB)March-25-2015-cover


Fry, Anderson win 28th Pioneer Cup

Download the March 18, 2015 edition of the Walpole Weekly (PDF 4 MB)

  • Local golfer Nigel Fry and his playing partner from Capel, Luke Anderson, won this year’s Pioneer Cup golf tournament at the Walpole Country Club;
  • A Walpole Nornalup National Parks Association and Department of Parks & Wildlife joint project aims to protect peatlands from feral pigs;
  • Marron poachers might find themselves in hot water warns Walpole Police Officer-in-Charge Sgt David Wall;
  • Royal Life Saving WA has recognised Linda Beard for her efforts to spread the “Don’t Drink and Drown” message;
  • Local girls Tully Lane and Claire Roocke and their team will represent WA at the national 3-on-3 basketball titles in Melbourne;
  • And much more … Download the March 18, 2015 edition of the Weekly (PDF 4 MB)March-18-2015-cover

Gold Cap up for grabs in Pioneer Cup

Download the Walpole Weekly, March 11, 2015 (PDF 3 MB)

  • More than 200 visitors are expected in Walpole & Districts this weekend to participate in the Pioneer Cup men’s golf tournament;
  • Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visits fire grounds in the Shire of Manjimup;
  • Walpole hosts a Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service (VFRS) training course;
  • Former Walpole Weekly editor Mike Murphy returns to Perth after 16 years in Crystal Springs during which he contributed significantly to Walpole & Districts;
  • And more … Download the Walpole Weekly, March 11, 2015 (PDF 3 MB)March-11-2015-cover


Walpole in the Trees Regatta attracts 80+ boats

Download the Walpole Weekly, March 4, 2015 (PDF 4 MB)

  • The Walpole in the Trees Regatta attracted more than 80 boats from around the state, bringing with them a competitive spirit and a welcome boost to the local economy;
  • A former Walpole Primary School teacher has been jailed for possessing child pornography;
  • Walpole/Nornalup Tourism Association President Rod Burton responds to criticism on how he handled the media in the aftermath of the bushfires;
  • Rick Wilson MP releases an open letter about “intergenerational theft”;
  • The Climate Council links climate change to bush fires;
  • Donna O’Brien celebrates her mother Kate’s 80th birthday;
  • And much more … Download the Walpole Weekly, March 4, 2015 (PDF 4 MB) March-4-2015-cover


Regatta to blow life into economy

Download the Walpole Weekly February 25, 2015 (PDF 3 MB)

  • Walpole in the Trees Regatta 2015 organiser Jamie Dunross expects the event to attract hundreds of sailors and spectators to Walpole & Districts;
  • Peter Newton compares Walpolian attitudes to disaster and inconvenience against those in Northcliffe WA, Queensland, and the Top End;
  • Peter Bidwell appreciates last week’s letter to the Editor written by representatives of the South Coast Environment Group;
  • Jodie Whitfield of WA’s Department of Agriculture & Food offers advice to small landholders as summer slips into autumn;
  • Walpole ladies win Denmark golf tourney;
  • And much more …'Walpole Weekly' February 25, 2015 cover page


South Western Highway to reopen tomorrow

The Shire of Manjimup’s estimate last Friday (Feb 13) of at least two weeks until the South Western Highway would reopen has proven to be ultra-conservative.

The good news from Main Roads WA today is that the Highway will open tomorrow (Feb 20).

Main Roads’ full media release, as follows:

A 30 kilometre section of South Western Highway in the State’s south-west is due to reopen to traffic tomorrow evening following this month’s devastating bushfires in the region.

Main Roads WA work crews have been repairing minor damage to the road surface and the clean-up of burnt roadside vegetation will continue over the weekend.

Main Roads Executive Director of Regional Services, John Erceg, said the highway would remain open under speed restrictions.

A 30 kilometre section of the highway connecting to Walpole in the Manjimup Shire has been closed to traffic for several weeks due to the fires, and there was minor damage to the road at various locations.

The section remained closed while fire damaged tall trees on the roadside were pruned or removed.

“The fact that we are able to re-open the road ahead of the Labour Day long weekend next week is good news for commuters in the area as well as the tourism industry and the town of Walpole,” Mr Erceg said.

“We were always mindful of the impacts to businesses in the Walpole district the longer the highway remained closed.

“The re-opening also means that tourist traffic from Perth will be able to travel the South Western Highway unimpeded over the long weekend.”

For more information on road conditions throughout the State go to www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or ring the Main Roads Customer Information Centre on 138 138.

Two weeks until SW Hwy reopens

Download the Walpole Weekly February 18, 2015 (PDF 3 MB)

  • Walpole & Districts will have to wait at least two weeks before a 12-kilometre stretch of the Southwestern Highway reopens;
  • The South Coast Environment Group thinks a proper conversation is needed about fire management;
  • Philip Powell thinks training up the army to fight fires is a good idea;
  • Molly Smith looks back at the 1937 fire;
  • Burglaries do happen in Walpole warns Sgt David Wall;
  • And much more …


Shire meeting in Walpole Friday

Shire President Wade de Campo, Cr Dave Tapley, and other representatives of the Shire of Manjimup will hold a meeting tomorrow (Friday, February 13) in Walpole to learn about the challenges faced by our community due to road closures and other ramifications of the bushfires; and any other issue of concern to residents.

Members of the Walpole & Districts community are welcome to participate in the meeting, which will take place at 1:00pm at the Walpole Community Resource Centre, Latham Avenue, Walpole.

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