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Augusta Margaret River Times

This week’s Busselton Dunsborough Times sees the battle for Smiths Beach resurrected, South West students short films will be featured at CinefestOZ as part of the Cinesnaps Film Competition, A south West man accused of raping a woman at a BHP mine site has pleaded not guilty.

Fast-track plan worries Capes protesters

The Capes community will again fight to save Smiths Beach as Liberal deputy leader Libby Mettam throws her weight behind the battle.

The member for Vasse has lobbied WA Planning Minister Rita Saffioti to stop a renewed push for development at the popular South West beach to go through COVID-prompted fast-track planning laws.

As revealed by The West Australian on Saturday, Perth developer Adrian Fini’s Hesperia consortium has plans to build a 65-room hotel and 61 residences — similar to the previous failed plan 15 years ago — with a 36-platform camping ground for Cape to Cape Track walkers.

Police crackdown on teen crime

Margaret River Police are cracking down on teen misbehaviour after a spate of drug use, stealing and damage across the school holidays.

Two search warrants were undertaken at homes linked to a local teen last Friday after the boy brazenly shared his intent to sell and supply with others, and online.

The same day police received reports of damage at Memorial Park and 18 windows and three glass doors were smashed at the Margaret River Senior High School between July 8-9.

Ex-MP’s honour is axed

Edith Cowan University has stripped former MP Barry House of an honorary doctorate for expressing views considered “incompatible” with the institution’s values.

A letter Mr House wrote to a South West newspaper accusing a gay rights group of being “nasty, intolerant and vindictive” proved to be his undoing.

ECU had previously decided it would let Mr House keep the doctorate, awarded in February, despite demands from the Busselton Pride Alliance that it revoke the honour because he had voted against every LGBTI equality law reform during his 30 years in Parliament.

But the university endured another backlash after Mr House accused the BPA of “targeting and vilifying” himself and anyone with different views in a letter published in the Busselton Dunsborough Times.

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