WA Year in ReviewMarch 2015

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WA Year in Review | March 2015 The sunshine providing the big crowd at the Merredin Show with a gorgeous day out. Photo: Bill Last/Merredin Wheatbelt Mercury.
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Street artists Phlegm and Hense helped transform eight silos at the CBH Avon Site. Photo: Bewley Shaylor/Avon Valley Advocate.

Street artists Phlegm and Hense helped transform eight silos at the CBH Avon Site. Photo: Bewley Shaylor/Avon Valley Advocate.

Street artists Phlegm and Hense helped transform eight silos at the CBH Avon Site. Photo: Bewley Shaylor/Avon Valley Advocate.

An auction and concert for Bunbury shark attack survivor Sean Pollard saw more than $100,000 raised. Photo: Shanelle Miller/Bunbury Mail.

Jockey William Pike aboard 2015 Bunbury Cup winner Tick Tick Bloom. Photo: Andrew Elstermann/Bunbury Mail.

More than 12 long-finned pilot whales died after their pod stranded themselves on a Bunbury beach. Photo: Justin Rake/Bunbury Mail.

More than 12 long-finned pilot whales died after their pod stranded themselves on a Bunbury beach. Photo: Justin Rake/Bunbury Mail.

More than 12 long-finned pilot whales died after their pod stranded themselves on a Bunbury beach. Photo: Justin Rake/Bunbury Mail.

Thousands of dollars of jewellery was stolen during a ram-raid on the Australind Jewellers. Photo: Shanelle Miller/Bunbury Mail.

The Busselton Health Campus was officially opened by Premier Colin Barnett after it underwent a $131 million transformation. Photo: Laura Newey/Busselton Dunsborough Mail.

Katanning woman Sandy Pearce researched for five years to return an ANZAC coin to its rightful owners. Photo: Josh del Pino/Collie Mail.

Work on the Coalfields Highway was delayed after vandals caused $10,000 worth of damage to equipment. Photo: Josh del Pino/Collie Mail.

Collie farmer Ken Woods was left angry after thieves stole 110 merino sheep from his property. Photo: Shannon Wood/Collie Mail.

Elite off-road triathlete Ben Allen from New South Wales won X–Adventure Dunsborough for the second year in a row. Photo: Sophia Clements/Busselton Dunsborough Mail.

A pod of up to 100 dolphins was spotted surfing, jumping and playing in the waves at Esperance beaches. Photo: Kristin Macfarlane/Esperance Express.

Esperance police uncovered a hydroponic cannabis operation in a residential house with equipment and drugs worth $20,000. Photo: Esperance Express.

There was plenty of fun and excitement on offer at the 2015 Mandurah Crab Fest. Photo: Kate Hedley/Mandurah Mail.

Gemma Tovey was banned from being involved in the greyhound industry for 15 years after the Mandurah Magistrates Court found her guilty of horrific animal cruelty. Photo: Richard Polden/Mandurah Magistrates Court.

Mandurah women Chenoa Eudey and Debbie Tippett shared the story of how they feared for their lives as they were threatened by a murderer in their business in April 2013. Photo: Kate Hedley/Mandurah Mail.

Mandurah’s Joy Jeffs, 91 with instructor Andrew Knowles. Photo: Skydive The Beach and Beyond/Mandurah Mail.

Police from across the South West seized more than 500 cannabis plants from bush crops near Scott River in Augusta. Photo: Amy McKie/Augusta Margaret River Mail.

Police from across the South West seized more than 500 cannabis plants from bush crops near Scott River in Augusta. Photo: Amy McKie/Augusta Margaret River Mail.

Police from across the South West seized more than 500 cannabis plants from bush crops near Scott River in Augusta. Photo: Amy McKie/Augusta Margaret River Mail.

West Winds Gin employees Paul White and Jeremy Spencer were presented the Champion Trophy for Gin at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards for their swash buckling, sea faring drop The Sabre. Photo: Amy McKie/Augusta Margaret River Mail.

Margaret River local Mira Clohessy locked herself onto machinery in Mowen forest to hold up the progress of logging. Photo: Augusta Margaret River Mail.

Students from Merredin College were dressed to the nines for a night out at their 2015 school ball. Photo: Courtney Madigan/Merredin Wheatbelt Mercury.

Students from Merredin College were dressed to the nines for a night out at their 2015 school ball. Photo: Courtney Madigan/Merredin Wheatbelt Mercury.

The sunshine providing the big crowd at the Merredin Show with a gorgeous day out. Photo: Bill Last/Merredin Wheatbelt Mercury.

The sunshine providing the big crowd at the Merredin Show with a gorgeous day out. Photo: Bill Last/Merredin Wheatbelt Mercury.

The sunshine providing the big crowd at the Merredin Show with a gorgeous day out. Photo: Bill Last/Merredin Wheatbelt Mercury.

Moora resident Lauren Stribley shaved her head for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave. Photo: Central Midland and Coastal Advocate.

A weekend of live music, workshops, markets and perfect weather was turned on for thousands of visitors to the Nannup Music Festival. Photo: Nina Smith/Donnybrook Bridgetown Mail.

A weekend of live music, workshops, markets and perfect weather was turned on for thousands of visitors to the Nannup Music Festival. Photo: Nina Smith/Donnybrook Bridgetown Mail.

Pinjarra Fashions on the Field top three winners Dani Gogan, Kate Watts and Lisa Ausden. Photo: Mandurah Mail.

During the two-day Wagin Woolorama, guests were treated to two days of entertainment, live music, stalls and agricultural competitions. Photo: Andrew Elstermann/Wagin Argus.

During the two-day Wagin Woolorama, guests were treated to two days of entertainment, live music, stalls and agricultural competitions. Photo: Andrew Elstermann/Wagin Argus.

During the two-day Wagin Woolorama, guests were treated to two days of entertainment, live music, stalls and agricultural competitions. Photo: Andrew Elstermann/Wagin Argus.

During the two-day Wagin Woolorama, guests were treated to two days of entertainment, live music, stalls and agricultural competitions. Photo: Andrew Elstermann/Wagin Argus.

During the two-day Wagin Woolorama, guests were treated to two days of entertainment, live music, stalls and agricultural competitions. Photo: Andrew Elstermann/Wagin Argus.

During the two-day Wagin Woolorama, guests were treated to two days of entertainment, live music, stalls and agricultural competitions. Photo: Andrew Elstermann/Wagin Argus.

An elephant made from parts of cars that had been involved in crashes toured the Wheatbelt to highlight the lack of discussion about road trauma in the region. It is pictured outside the Northam library. Photo: Timothy Williams/Avon Valley Advocate.

Year 12 graduate Jan de Waal was selected to have his work displayed at the Art Gallery of WA as part of the 2015 Year 12 Perspectives exhibition. Photo: Central Midlands and Coastal Advocate.

Police called on the public for information into their investigation into a fatal crash on Goldfields Road in Badgin which killed a man. Photo: Avon Valley Advocate.

TweetFacebookWhat happened in MarchBUNBURY: More than 12 long-finned pilot whales died after their pod stranded themselves on a Bunbury beach. Frantic efforts from rescuers managed to save some of the whales.

MERREDIN: The sunshine providing the big crowd at the Merredin Show with a gorgeous day out. See all the photos here.

ESPERANCE: A pod of up to 100 dolphins was spotted surfing, jumping and playing in the waves at Esperance beaches.

COLLIE: While Sandy Pearce was gardening at her Katanning home she discovered a ‘Dead Man’s Penny’ – given to the next-of-kin of all British and Empire service personnel killed in war. After extensive online research she was able to return it to the New Zealand family of ANZAC George Robert Scott Greene who was killed in France in 1918.

MANDURAH: 91-year-old Joy Jeffes ticked skydiving off her bucket list after jumping out of a plane as part of the RSPCA’s Parachute for Paws.

WAGIN: Thousands of people flocked to Wagin to join in the fun of the 112th Wagin Agricultural Show and the 43rd Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama.During the show, guests weretreated to two days of entertainment, live music, stalls and agricultural competitions.

BRIDGETOWN: A 53-year-old man was summoned to face the Bridgetown Magistrates Court in April with more than 300 charges.It was alleged that during 2012 and 2013 the man enteredproperties in Bridgetown, Boyup Brook and Donnybrook to steal valuable scrap items which were fraudulently sold to a scrap metal dealer in Bunbury.

YONGAN HILLS: A man was left in a critical condition after being attacked at Yongah HillImmigration Detention Centre.

WHEATBELT: An elephant made from parts of cars that had been involved in crashes toured the Wheatbelt to highlight the lack of discussion about road trauma in the region.

COLLIE: A local farmer was left devastated after 110 merino sheep were stolen from his farm. 40 of the missing sheep were located on a nearby farm about a week later.

AVON: Celebrated street artists Phlegm and Hense created large-scale works by painting eight silos at the CBH Avon site.

MARGARET RIVER: West Winds Gin were presented the Champion Trophy for Gin at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards for their swash buckling, sea faring drop The Sabre.

BUSSELTON: The Busselton Health Campus was officially opened by Premier Colin Barnett. The $131 million project has provided more beds, emergency department treatment facilities, increased surgical capacity, an expanded dental clinic and a higher level of patient and staff amenities.

MANDURAH: There was fun on and off the field at the 2015 Pinjarra Cup which was won by Kirov Boy and jockey Danny Miller.

AUSTRALIND: Thousands of dollars of jewellery was stolen during a ram-raid on the Australind Jewellers. CCTV from the store suggested the robbery was committed by three men and a woman.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Social media lit up after video footage and a number of firsthand accounts emerged of what appeared to be a meteor streaking across the skies above WA. A research team from Curtin University believe fragments of the meteor may have come to rest about 30 kilometres south-west of Moora.

MOORA: Local resident Lauren Stribley shaved her head for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave in memory of her mother, who lost her battle with Multiple Myeloma in March 2011.

COLLIE: Work on the Coalfields Highway was delayed after vandals caused $10,000 worth of damage to equipment.

WONGAN HILLS: Year 12 graduate Jan de Waal was selected to have his work displayed at the Art Gallery of WA as part of the 2015 Year 12 Perspectives exhibition.

DUNSBOROUGH: Mother Rae Hathaway called on local politicians to take a stand on public transport saying a number of parents now refuse to put their children on school buses in the area due to overcrowding and a lack of seatbelts.

BUNBURY: Champion galloper Tick Tick Bloom won the 2015 Bunbury Cup. The day also featured a hotly contested fashions on the field.

MANDURAH: Gemma Tovey was banned from being involved in the greyhound industry for 15 years after the Mandurah Magistrates Court found her guilty of horrific animal cruelty.

ESPERANCE: Police uncovered a hydroponic cannabis operation in a residential house with equipment and drugs worth $20,000.

MILING: Farm manager Jason Gregg has been livingin Western Australia for 12 months now but despite having an Australian passport and a Queenslandlicense, the 70-year-old can’t get a WA license because hedoesn’t have access to his birth certificate.

MERREDIN: A 17-year-old male was charged with manslaughter after Ashley John Major, 36, was shot and killed in a hunting incident on a farming property north of Merredin.

BUNBURY: A 16-year-old boy who bashed and killed his newborn son at Bunbury Regional Hospital was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

COLLIE: A 24 year old Collie man on bail for a number of serious offences pleaded not guilty to an accusation he pointed a laser light into the eyes of a McDonald’s restaurant employee.

MANDURAH: Check out all the action of the 2015 Mandurah Crab Fest with our gallery.

AUGUSTA: Police from across the South West seized more than 500 cannabis plants from bush crops near Scott River in Augusta.

KATANNING: A two-year-old girl from Katanning died in Princess Margaret Hospital after she was seriously injured in a crash in Bedfordale.

NANNUP: A weekend of live music, workshops, markets and perfect weather was turned on for thousands of visitors to the Nannup Music Festival.

BRIDGETOWN: Local artist Kim Perrier won a $5000 scholarship in recognition of his artwork at the Sculptures by the Sea 11th annual exhibition in Cottesloe.

COLLIE: Former Griffin contractors, Carna Group went into voluntary administration after terminating their contract with the owner of the coal mine, Lanco Infratech in December 2014.

DUNSBOROUGH: Elite off-road triathlete Ben Allen from New South Wales won X–Adventure Dunsborough for the second year in a row.

MARGARET RIVER: Protestors fighting against the logging of Mowen Forrest were arrested after they chained themselves to equipment to holt the progress of the work.

YORK: Police called on the public for information into their investigation into a fatal crash on Goldfields Road in Badgin which killed a man.

MERREDIN: Students from Merredin College were dressed to the nines for a night out at their 2015 school ball.

BUNBURY: An auction and concert for Bunbury shark attack survivor Sean Pollard saw more than $100,000 raised.

MANDURAH: Two Mandurah women, giving evidence in court, shared the story of how they feared for their lives as they were threatened by a murderer in their business in April 2013.

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