Busselton Mail key moments - February 2021 in review

'City in lockdown' - Feb 3, 2021

The South West went back under strict COVID-19 restrictions, after a community transmission threat in the Perth metro area led to the State government imposing a 5 day lockdown period.

Residents in Perth, and the Peel and South West regions had to remain at home unless completing essential work or tasks, with face masks a mandatory requirement outside of home.

Hanging tough in crisis: (clockwise from left) Sean Carter delivers coffees, pharmacy employee Debbie Neat and chef Michael Neat; Liquor Merchants crew Oggy and Beth; Morries jumps into takeout; Mark Wong in the house.

Hanging tough in crisis: (clockwise from left) Sean Carter delivers coffees, pharmacy employee Debbie Neat and chef Michael Neat; Liquor Merchants crew Oggy and Beth; Morries jumps into takeout; Mark Wong in the house.

'Water quality in Lower Vasse River raises public health concerns' - Feb 16, 2021

A medical microbiologist who lives beside the Lower Vasse River raised concerns about potential toxin producing organisms that are linked to neurological disorders.

Dr Andrew Dickie said he was concerned when the dried river bed started to blow dust around. A WA Health spokesperson said direct contact with or consumption of any algae may cause an adverse health effect.

Busselton resident Dr Andrew Dickie is concerned that blue green algae in the Lower Vasse River may contain the toxin BMAA which has been linked to neurological disorders such as motor neuron disease.

Busselton resident Dr Andrew Dickie is concerned that blue green algae in the Lower Vasse River may contain the toxin BMAA which has been linked to neurological disorders such as motor neuron disease.

'2021 Busselton Jetty Swim' - Feb 14, 2021

2,542 competitors took part in the 26th SunSmart Busselton Jetty Swim this year in perfect conditions.

Kyle Lee swam around the jetty in 39 minutes and 24 seconds breaking the record, and Laura Shyrook was the first female to finish, making the swim in 43 minutes and 31 seconds.

'Busselton Senior High School welcomes its first Indigenous school captain' - Feb 18, 2021

Damien Farrell became the first Indigenous student to be appointed school captain at Busselton Senior High School.

Mr Farrell had set his sights on the role of school captain so that he could be a role model for younger Indigenous children in the community.

Busselton Senior High School student Damien Farrell is the school's first Indigenous school captain.

Busselton Senior High School student Damien Farrell is the school's first Indigenous school captain.