Busselton Mail key moments - March 2021 in review

'South West women, men and children join nationwide protests' - March 17, 2021

Around 500 people from the South West joined a national march in protest of violence against women, gathering at Bunbury's Anzac Park on March 15.

Following serious rape allegations at Parliament House in Canberra, the crowd demanded the government consider reforms for a fairer process for victims of sexual abuse.

Enough is enough was the mantra spoken by everyone across all the events that took place.

The crowd march to Forrest MP Nola Marino's office to deliver letters asking for the government to consider reforms for victims of sexual abuse.

The crowd march to Forrest MP Nola Marino's office to deliver letters asking for the government to consider reforms for victims of sexual abuse.

'City of Busselton Council rejects referendum' - March 16, 2021

The City of Busselton council rejected a bid to hold a referendum to determine if the community supported the development of a performing arts and convention centre.

A motion calling for the referendum was raised at an Elector's Meeting on February 8 by the Bay 2 Bay Action Group which was opposed to the development.

B2BAG president Anne Ryan said it was disappointing but not surprising and that it was their belief the council knew the outcome would be a resounding no from the community.

The City of Busselton Council rejected a motion to hold a referendum on the development of a performing arts and convention centre. Image supplied.

The City of Busselton Council rejected a motion to hold a referendum on the development of a performing arts and convention centre. Image supplied.

'Surfer lands on shark after being bumped off his board at Yallingup' - March 22, 2021

Surfer Gary May got "thumped", fell and landed on a shark when it bit into his paddleboard in the waves at Yallingup Main Break.

The 5-7 foot shark left a 20cm wide bite mark in Mr may's board.

"I was kneeling up minding my own business when all of a sudden out of nowhere I got hit like a bomb on the side of the board."

The shark bite marks left in Gary May's paddleboard. Photo by Jim King.

The shark bite marks left in Gary May's paddleboard. Photo by Jim King.

'Health study's latest success' - March 23, 2021

Busselton Population Medical Research Institute reaches a milestone

The Busselton Population Medical Research Institute (BPMRI) tested it's 500th participant as part of the new Busselton Respiratory Study (BRS) which started in 2020.

Despite a couple of interruptions due to COVID-19, the study is on track to recruit over 2000 adults.

Over the next two years researchers will continue to invite residents to take part in the study which will investigate the factors that contribute to lung health problems such as breathlessness, cough, asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD).

Study participant Drew Paskin and research assistant Rachel Migliore.

Study participant Drew Paskin and research assistant Rachel Migliore.