Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

A se­vere freak storm cre­ated a path of de­struc­tion when it hit the re­gion at the week­end.

The storm struck about 11am on Satur­day, caus­ing flash flood­ing near North­cliffe, plus dam­ag­ing homes and busi­nesses and de­stroy­ing fruit crops through­out the rest of the dis­trict.

A Man­jimup cou­ple in their 50s have won $371,141 worth of early Christ­mas luck, com­ing for­ward to claim the re­gional Lotto hotspot’s se­cond di­vi­sion one win for the year.

The claim ends what has been the talk of the town since Sun­day, with many lo­cals as­sum­ing the win­ner must have been an out-of-towner vis­it­ing Man­jimup for last week­end’s Cherry Har­mony Fes­ti­val.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from two WA peak tim­ber bod­ies have ex­pressed their sur­prise and dis­ap­point­ment in the State Govern­ment’s planned re­struc­ture of the ail­ing tim­ber in­dus­try, which could see mills closed and hun­dreds of jobs lost.

The move was re­ported in The West Aus­tralian on Satur­day and Forestry Min­is­ter Terry Red­man was hold­ing cri­sis talks with the in­dus­try, which says it could not con­tinue un­der its cur­rent ar­range­ments.

De­cem­ber 24, 2008

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