Bunbury Mail throwback - March 2021 in review

Over the New Year's break, The Bunbury Mail will be taking a look back at the year that was 2021.

Our annual 'Year in Review' will recount the biggest stories from each of the past 12 months.

'More than a Sunday ride for Uncle Tom' - March 3, 2021

Riding for a reason: Tom Buchanan with his niece Ahlia. Picture: supplied.

Riding for a reason: Tom Buchanan with his niece Ahlia. Picture: supplied.

Bunbury man raised thousands for rare brain cancer research.

"All the money raised in the world isn't going to take away the pain or bring her back, but its something in honour of her that makes me feel just a bit closer to her."

Tom Buchanan rode more than 200 kilometres to raise money for research into diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG).

'Empowering women through education' - March 3, 2021

Supporting women: Curtin University lecturer Dr Jane Coffey was the guest speaker at the Bunbury Zonta Club International Women's Day breakfast on March 7. Picture: Pip Waller

Supporting women: Curtin University lecturer Dr Jane Coffey was the guest speaker at the Bunbury Zonta Club International Women's Day breakfast on March 7. Picture: Pip Waller

International Women's Day 2021 | Dr Jane Coffey spoke in Bunbury.

Bunbury enjoyed a dose of feminist empowerment with Dr Jane Coffey as the guest speaker at the 2021 International Women's Day Breakfast on March 7, 2021.

Presented by the Zonta Women's Club of Bunbury, the breakfast was held at the Mercure Bunbury Sanctuary Golf Resort in line with this year's campaign theme #ChooseToChallenge.

'Grow your wellbeing' - March 3, 2021

New program for Bunbury: GROW program worker Michelle Fiorenza hoped people attend the sessions to help improve their mental health. Picture: supplied.

New program for Bunbury: GROW program worker Michelle Fiorenza hoped people attend the sessions to help improve their mental health. Picture: supplied.

Peer support program started back up in Bunbury.

A unique peer support program which aimed to improve people's mental health started back up in Bunbury this year.

The GROW support group did not have a facilitor as such as people are guided by a group method card which outlines how the meeting should go.

'Striving for change' - March 10, 2021

Protecting the environment: Leschenault Catchment Council chairman Adrian Azzari-Colley. Picture: Jemillah Dawson.

Protecting the environment: Leschenault Catchment Council chairman Adrian Azzari-Colley. Picture: Jemillah Dawson.

Bunbury man Adrian Azzari-Colley talked about his passion for conservation.

Ensuring the protection of the environment for future generations is a passion that was all too evident with Leschenault Catchment Council chairman Adrian Azzari-Colley.

Mr Azzari-Colley had only been part of the catchment council for just under ten years, but he believed the work the council did on a local level made an impact.

'Enough is Enough' - March 17, 2021 

Marching for Justice: Hundreds gathered to protest for women. Picture: Jemillah Dawson

Marching for Justice: Hundreds gathered to protest for women. Picture: Jemillah Dawson

Women's March for Justice in the South Wests saw hundreds attend.

Around 500 people gathered at Bunbury's Anzac Park on March 15 in protest for violence against women.

The nation wide protests had been organised in the wake of serious rape allegations that hit Parliament House in Canberra with many Australians expressing their disgust at the Federal Government's handling of the incidents.

'Foodbank donation drive' - March 24, 2021

Support community: Foodbank Bunbury branch manager Carole Hearn. Picture: Jemillah Dawson.

Support community: Foodbank Bunbury branch manager Carole Hearn. Picture: Jemillah Dawson.

Foodbank WA called on people to help with donations.

Foodbank Bunbury manager Carole Hearn was expecting an increase in demand at the end of March with the end of Jobseeker, Jobkeeper and the Rental Moratorium.

"When the pandemic first started we went really quiet, but it has been getting busier each week now," she said.

'Justice group calls on Marino' - March 31 edition

No response: Nola Marino MP had not responded to enquiries. Picture: supplied.

No response: Nola Marino MP had not responded to enquiries. Picture: supplied.

March4Justice South West met with Forrest MP Nola Marino.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino was tight lipped in March about sexual harassment issues plaguing the government over January and February.

While Ms Marino agreed to meet with March4Justice South West organisers on Monday March 29, she did not respond to the Bunbury Mail's inquiries.