Busselton Mail key moments - August 2021 in review

'Undalup rangers' - August 4, 2021

Undalup Wadandi rangers graduate

The first cohort of Undalup Wadandi Rangers graduated from a program connecting young people with Country and employment.

Seven rangers spent 24 weeks with Greening Australia training and learning about a number of environmental and practical subjects earning a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management.

The first group of Undalup Wadandi Rangers have graduated earning a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management. For more on this story please visit busseltonmail.com.au.

The first group of Undalup Wadandi Rangers have graduated earning a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management. For more on this story please visit busseltonmail.com.au.

'Sofia's voice shines' - August 11, 2021

Dunsborough singer Sofia Watt turns four chairs on The Voice

Dunsborough singer Sofia Watt turned all four chairs on Channel 7's The Voice Australia program during the first blind audition of the season.

The 15 year old Georgiana Molloy Anglican School student took on a James Brown classic It's a man's world wowing judges Rita Ora, Jessica Mauboy, Keith Urban and Guy Sebastian.

"I am feeling over the moon and so overwhelmed with all the love and support, it has been awesome on the first day since my episode aired," she said.

Fifteen year old Dunsborough singer Sofia Watt turns all four judges chairs during her performance on Channel 7's The Voice Australia program. Image supplied.

Fifteen year old Dunsborough singer Sofia Watt turns all four judges chairs during her performance on Channel 7's The Voice Australia program. Image supplied.

'Culvert vandal' - August 18, 2021

WA Police investigate culvert damage on Chapman Hill Road in Busselton

Busselton residents "terrified" by rising water levels in the Lower Vasse River last week went to investigate the cause and found a culvert located along Chapman Hill Road had been cut.

The culvert was installed as part of the Vasse Diversion Drain upgrade - when closed it stops water flowing into the Lower Vasse River.

Residents had noticed the river flowing quickly but there was nowhere for the water to escape, causing the water to rise quickly and edge close to properties located on Isaacs Street in Busselton.

A culvert along Chapman Hill Road was illegally tampered with causing water to flow through to the Lower Vasse River threatening homes from flooding. Image supplied.

A culvert along Chapman Hill Road was illegally tampered with causing water to flow through to the Lower Vasse River threatening homes from flooding. Image supplied.

'Yachts stuck in Port Geographe marina' - August 25, 2021

Port Geographe yachties trapped inside marina walls

Busselton yacht owners are growing increasingly frustrated it is unlikely they will be able to get their keel boats out of the Port Geographe Marina until sometime between mid October and November.

Seagrass wrack has clogged the marina channel making the depth below one metre forcing keel boat owners to call for help from other boat users or marine rescue if they become stuck trying to exit or enter the marina.

The problem has persisted since 2015 when reconfiguration work was completed to fix the wrack issue in and around Port Geographe.

Geographe Bay Yacht Club commodore Barry McLennan and social sailing organiser Gavin Sorrell are stuck inside the marina walls as wrack buildup prevents keel boats from exiting or entering Port Geographe.

Geographe Bay Yacht Club commodore Barry McLennan and social sailing organiser Gavin Sorrell are stuck inside the marina walls as wrack buildup prevents keel boats from exiting or entering Port Geographe.