Busselton Mail key moments - May 2021 in review

'Saving the world's only tuart forest of its kind' -  May 18, 2021

Ludlow Tuart Forest Restoration Group call on volunteers to plant seedlings

More than 50,000 tuart trees were planted in Ludlow Tuart Forest thanks to dedicated community members who went to great lengths to save the forest.

After urbanisation, farming and sand mining led to its degradation, the forest has only 3 per cent remaining from 1980.

Ludlow Tuart Forest Restoration Group committee members Evelyn Taylor and Bill Biggins.

Ludlow Tuart Forest Restoration Group committee members Evelyn Taylor and Bill Biggins.

'Busselton named WA's top tourism town' - May 5, 2021

Busselton was named winner of the 2021 GWN7 Top Tourism Town Award, for demonstrating a strong commitment to encouraging tourism.

Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association entered the awards on behalf of Busselton, working in partnership with the City of Busselton, Busselton Jetty and the local tourism industry to encourage public voting.

'Surf Life Saving WA honours surfers' bravery in Bunker Bay shark attack' - May 10, 2021

Three surfers who rescued a man from a shark attack at Bunker Bay were awarded gold medallions for Exceptional Bravery by SLS WA.

Alex Oliver, Liam Ryan and Jess Woolhouse received the highest honours after being nominated by Phil Mummert, who was grateful for their help after trying to fend off a 5m great white shark.

A gold medallion for Exceptional Bravery was awarded to Alex Oliver, Liam Ryan and Jess Woolhouse for rescuing Phil Mummert from a shark attack at Bunker Bay last year. Image supplied.

A gold medallion for Exceptional Bravery was awarded to Alex Oliver, Liam Ryan and Jess Woolhouse for rescuing Phil Mummert from a shark attack at Bunker Bay last year. Image supplied.

Sharks off the hook - May 13, 2021

WA's SMART Drumline trial ineffective in catching white sharks

The WA Government canned its SMART Drumline trial after the technology only resulted in tagging two of the target white shark species in two years.

The $6.4 million trial of the non-lethal technology followed after two people were attacked by white sharks on the same day off the coast of Gracetown in 2018.

A white shark caught and tagged during the WA's SMART Drumline trial. Image supplied by Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

A white shark caught and tagged during the WA's SMART Drumline trial. Image supplied by Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.