Key Busselton Mail Moments – August 2021 in Review | Busselton-Dunsborough Courier


‘Undalup rangers’ – August 4, 2021

Graduated from Undalup Wadandi rangers

The first cohort of Undalup Wadandi Rangers graduated from a program connecting young people to the country and to employment.

Seven rangers spent 24 weeks with Greening Australia training and educating themselves on a number of environmental and practical topics, earning a Certificate II in Land Conservation and Management.

The first group of Undalup Wadandi Rangers obtained a Certificate II in Land Conservation and Management. To learn more about this story, please visit busseltonmail.com.au.

“Sofia’s voice shines” – August 11, 2021

Dunsborough singer Sofia Watt turns four chairs on The Voice

Dunsborough singer Sofia Watt turned all four chairs on Channel 7 The Voice Australia program at the first blind audition of the season.

Anglican school 15-year-old Georgiana Molloy took on a James Brown classic It’s a man’s world mind-blowing judges Rita Ora, Jessica Mauboy, Keith Urban and Guy Sebastian.

“I feel over the moon and so overwhelmed with all the love and support, it’s been awesome the first day since my episode aired,” she said.

15-year-old Dunsborough singer Sofia Watt turns the judges' four chairs during her performance on Channel 7's The Voice Australia program. Image provided.

15-year-old Dunsborough singer Sofia Watt turns the judges’ four chairs during her performance on Channel 7’s The Voice Australia program. Image provided.

‘Culvert vandal’ – August 18, 2021

WA Police are investigating culvert damage on Chapman Hill Road in Busselton

Residents of Busselton “terrified” by rising waters in the Lower Vasse River last week went to investigate the cause and discovered that a culvert along Chapman Hill Road had been cut.

The culvert was installed as part of the Vasse bypass drain upgrade – when closed it prevents water from flowing into the Lower Vasse River.

Residents had noticed that the river was flowing rapidly, but there was nowhere for the water to escape, causing the water to rise rapidly and move closer to the properties on Isaacs Street in Busselton.

A culvert along Chapman Hill Road was illegally tampered with causing water to flow to the Lower Vasse River, threatening homes with flooding.  Image provided.

A culvert along Chapman Hill Road was illegally tampered with causing water to flow to the Lower Vasse River, threatening homes with flooding. Image provided.

‘Yachts stranded in the Port Geographe marina’ – August 25, 2021

The yachts of Port Geographe trapped in the walls of the marina

Busselton yacht owners are increasingly frustrated that they are unlikely to be able to haul their keelboats out of Port Geographe Marina before between mid-October and November.

Seaweed clogged the marina channel causing the depth to be less than a meter, forcing owners of keel boats to seek help from other boat users or sea lifeguards. ‘they get stuck trying to exit or enter the marina.

The problem has persisted since 2015, when the reconfiguration work was completed to resolve the problem of wrack in and around Port Geographe.

Geographe Bay Yacht Club Commodore Barry McLennan and Sailing Social Organizer Gavin Sorrell are trapped inside marina walls as cracker build-up prevents keelboats from exiting or entering Port Geographe .

Geographe Bay Yacht Club Commodore Barry McLennan and Sailing Social Organizer Gavin Sorrell are trapped inside marina walls as cracker build-up prevents keelboats from exiting or entering Port Geographe .


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