Busselton Mail key moments - July 2021 in review

'Wattle 'stuff up' in Nannup's Barrabup Forest' - July 7, 2021

Invasive wattle species used to regenerate Barraup Forest in Nannup

A section of Barrabup Forest near Nannup which was being rehabilitated after old growth was improperly cleared is now under threat from an "invasive" wattle which residents say has spread like wildfire.

In 2017, residents became concerned that old growth was being logged in Barrabup which should have been protected under the Forest Management Plan.

An investigation by authorities later found that an old growth assessment was never carried out and that 1.2 hectares of old growth had been cleared to make way for roads.

Barrabup Conservation Group are gobsmacked an invasive wattle was planted in a section of old growth forest being rehabilitated. Image supplied.

Barrabup Conservation Group are gobsmacked an invasive wattle was planted in a section of old growth forest being rehabilitated. Image supplied.

'Parties put on pause' - July 7, 2021

As the Australian government's vaccination program begins to reach WA regions and restrictions around the country begin to ease, brides and grooms are rushing to secure dates to hold their postponed nuptials.

Wedding vendors and event service operators around the region say they have battled through their toughest times ever, and while business has begun to pick up, it is a long way from 'normal'.

"The biggest challenges have come from uncertainty and the stress involved with needing to reschedule at short term a large number of weddings," explained Ryan Cope of The Wedding DJ.

'Roof blown off' - July 14, 2021

An Eagle Bay home lost its roof in a storm which hit much of Western Australia's coastline in the early hours of Monday 13.

Resident Paul McGarry said it was like a tornado ripped through the seaside village around 4am bringing down trees and damaging homes.

A home in Eagle Bay lost its roof during Monday morning's storm, which residents described as a tornado that ripped through parts of the seaside community.

A home in Eagle Bay lost its roof during Monday morning's storm, which residents described as a tornado that ripped through parts of the seaside community.

"I would rather see no development at all" Residents speak up about new Smith's Beach proposal - July 20, 2021

Perth developer puts forward new design for Smith's Beach developer

Perth developer Adrian Fini announced that his Smith's Beach Project team were preparing a proposal for a 'coastal tourism village' at Smiths Beach.

Overall the proposal would contain 126 dwellings made up of 65-room hotel and 61 holiday homes which is instead of the already approved 536 dwelling proposal that former owners of the site put forward.

The site has been marred with controversy since the early 2000's when developers Canal Rocks Pty Ltd first put forward a proposal to develop the area.

Save Smith's Beach Group spokesperson David Mitchell helped organise the community meeting which saw hundreds attend on Monday July 19.

Save Smith's Beach Group spokesperson David Mitchell helped organise the community meeting which saw hundreds attend on Monday July 19.