Busselton Mail key moments - January 2021 in review

Over the New Year's break, The Busselton Mail will be taking a look back at the year that was 2021.

Our annual 'Year in Review' will recount the biggest story from each of the past 12 months.

'50 years of Cullen wines' - Jan 19, 2021

Cullen wines celebrated it's 50th anniversary of sustainable wine making since founders Kevin and Diane Cullen were persuaded to plant grapes at their Wilyabrup farm.

Their daughter Vanya Cullen continued the legacy left by her parents and in more recent years transformed the winery to become completely biodynamic.

She is now chief winemaker and was named winemaker of the year by James Halliday in 2020 and the Australian Women in Wine Awards in 2019.

Kevin and Diane Cullen in the vineyards. Image supplied.

Kevin and Diane Cullen in the vineyards. Image supplied.

'Fears for future of our taxis' - Jan 19, 2021

State government called on to support regional taxis

Regional taxi operators faced heightened stress with some unable to provide wheelchair access, as wheelchair buses became unviable.

A relief package offered to regional operators fell short of what was offered to their metro counterparts, leaving many operators with large debts and plates that were no longer valuable.

'Disabled surfers ride bay' - Jan 18, 2021

Disabled surfers hit the waves at Bunker Bay on Saturday for their second event of the summer. Photos by Mick Marlin.

The Disabled Surfers Association South West came to Bunker Bay on Saturday, January 16, 2021, with 110 volunteers who came on board to help 44 stoked participants have a great surfing experience.

Volunteers came from as far as Meriden and Perth, while participants travelled from Manjimup and all over the South West.

'Ronald York named Busselton's Citizen of the Year' - Jan 18, 2021

Australia Day 2021 | Ronald York named Busselton's Citizen of the Year

Ronald York was named this year's Busselton Community Citizen of the Year at an Australia Day ceremony on January 26, 2021.

The citizen awards acknowledged people in the community who make Busselton a great place to live. Mr York was recognised for cleaning up rubbish along the bypass and road reserve near Old Broadwater Farm for the past five years.

Ronald York being presented with his Busselton Citizen of the Year Award by deputy mayor Kelly Hick.

Ronald York being presented with his Busselton Citizen of the Year Award by deputy mayor Kelly Hick.

'Trespass fines for Nannas' - Jan 25, 2021

Forest Nannas fined over silicon smelter action

A group of grandmothers campaigning for an end to the logging of native forests in the South West were fined for staging a 'Citizens' Inspection' at the Simcoa silicon smelter just outside Bunbury on January 17.

A crowd of around 100 people protested a contract between Simcoa and the McGowan Government to buy up to 260,000 tonnes of Jarrah per year from logging.

Twenty nine people were issued with fines over the action at Simcoa silicon smelter just outside Bunbury on January 17. Photo: Mike Wylie

Twenty nine people were issued with fines over the action at Simcoa silicon smelter just outside Bunbury on January 17. Photo: Mike Wylie