Home' Scoop : Scoop 50 Summer 2009 Contents 14 SCOOP SPRING 2009
"There is no better
time to appreciate
the pleasures of this
place than summer"
Danielle Benda, editor
Welcome to our 50th edition!
And aren't we looking swish?
As we have been putting this
special edition together, we have
taken some time to think about what we love so much
about Western Australia. And, of course, there is no
better time to appreciate this place than summer,
when the days are warm, the water cool and the
balmy evenings are scented by gardenias and the
smell of barbecues sizzling across the suburbs.
At home we sit in our garden with a glass of
chilled West Australian white wine and feel so
grateful for simple pleasures; looking forward to
a summer filled with days at the beach, evenings
with friends and family by the barbie, Christmas and
No matter what your daily problems and
frustrations, irritations and stresses, it takes only a
cursory glance at people's lives in other places to
see how lucky we are to live here. Scoop has always
aimed to help you make the most of all the great
things on offer here and this summer looks like it will
be a particularly exciting time.
With a veritable feast of restaurants, more and
more small bars opening and outdoor cinemas,
theatre and concerts, we have a growing range of
entertainment options, not to mention innovative
wine and food producers who make truly world-class
fare available to us.
But in spite of our great weather, our wide
beaches and splendid remoteness here on the
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edge of this massive continent, there are many
who are ready for Perth to offer a little more; to
take advantage of our stunning natural assets, our
Aboriginal heritage and multicultural population to
become a truly vibrant, international city.
I have been struck by how many forums and
breakfasts and meetings and summits there seem to
have been held lately to consider the sort of city we
want to be, how we should "brand" our city, how we
can make ourselves more attractive to tourists.
This edition I have looked at some of these issues
and canvassed the opinions of a range of people
about the important matters we must tackle as Perth
grows (pg 66).
But meanwhile, if we do enjoy a day or two at the
beach, I wonder if, like last summer, we'll be hauled
from the water by shark alarms? On page 74 we look
at what chance we have of encountering one when
we next take a dip.
And, a good news story. Did you know WA
is leading the country with a community-based
program of work camps for prisoners that is having
extraordinary success? Read all about it on page 80.
The last few weeks of the year can be particularly
hectic but I hope you get to take a little time off and
join me in taking a few moments to savour a fine
wine and smell the gardenias. From everyone at
Scoop, have a very happy summer!
Scoop Online is due to re-launch before Christmas. This is
a major investment as we intend to make this the major portal for
lifestyle, events and travel in WA and provide you with all the details
and up-to-date news and ideas that we can't fit into Scoop, Scoop
Traveller and all of our 8 titles. Enjoy!
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