Local brigade members lend assistance over east

“Our local crew have experience and knowledge fighting bushfire - skills that can help share the workload where needed and keep the firefighting effort running continuously,” he said. Jenny Colquhoun from Margaret River Podiatry and Brett Trunfull from Margaret River Roofing were both recognised as self-employed volunteers who take time off work to train for and respond to emergencies. “Thanks to business owners like Jenny and Brett, many of our vollies are given time off work, often at short notice, to help when fires or other emergencies happen.
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
13 Nov 2019
Read more
New limited-edition number plates available

New limited-edition number plates available

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has released 50 limited edition plates for purchase.  The number plate range includes Margaret River - MR 509 to 538 and Where Two Oceans Meet - AU 118 to 152. Shire revenue and customer service coordinator Vicki Scott said sale revenue went to community development grants. “People love these custom plates and they get snapped up quickly!”   For more information, please contact the Shire on 9780 5255.
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
12 Nov 2019
Read more
Margaret River HEART Culture and Arts Grants up for grabs

Margaret River HEART Culture and Arts Grants up for grabs

Examples of the types of activities and events that will be supported under the HEART Culture and Arts Grants program include: •             Concerts •             Digital media •             Theatre productions •             Dance productions •             Seniors events •             Youth performances •             Visual art displays and exhibitions •             Festivals and events •             Indigenous, multicultural and historical events and exhibitions •             Community gatherings, events and celebrations The Shires CEO Stephanie Addison-Brown said she hopes that the Margaret River HEART Culture and Arts Grants will support many incredible projects to get off the ground in 2020. “Margaret River is home to a diverse creative community, and is well known for its prevalent arts and culture,” she said.  “We are really excited that the Shire can play an integral role in supporting, facilitating and strengthening the development of culture and arts at the community’s brand new Margaret River HEART facility in 2020”. In the 2019-20 Financial Year a total funding pool of $100,000 is available.  For more information on the grants, contact [email protected] or download the guidelines and application forms here.
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
12 Nov 2019
Read more
Free first aid course for local surfers returns

Free first aid course for local surfers returns

Shire Recreation Operations Manager Dylan Brown said while the highly-valued beach lifeguard service would continue at Rivermouth in Margaret River this summer, the Surfers Rescue 365 program will help to provide opportunity for year-round first response at unmonitored beaches. “We are fortunate to live in a place where we have access to beautiful and vast stretches of coastline, but unfortunately accidents and injuries can happen at these locations,” he said. “This program will provide some of the most frequent water users with the skills to save lives and minimise impact for patients until further emergency response help can get there.” Program details are: Date: Saturday 23 November 2019 Time: 9am – 12pm Place: Gnarabup Beach Register: surfersrescue365.com.au/register/  until places book out “I encourage all local surfers to make the most of this free opportunity,” Mr Brown said.
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
08 Nov 2019
Read more

Reminder to register your short stay holiday rental with the Shire

Shire Chief Executive Officer, Stephanie Addison-Brown said the increase in community members listing their properties for short stay accommodation has been a hot topic not only locally, but across Australia and around the world. “So please get in touch with our planning team if you think your approval may have expired, or if you are thinking of listing your property for short stay accommodation,” she said. The penalties for operating a short stay house or rooms without approval can be significant and the Shire would like to remind everyone of the need to obtain prior approval.    To obtain an approval for short stay accommodation, visit the Shire’s website https://www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/services/planning   Alternatively contact the Shire directly for further information at [email protected] or by calling Planning Services on 9780 5220.
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
08 Nov 2019
Read more

Cover up to reduce mosquito bite risk

Make sure children are also appropriately covered up Repel: Use insect repellent containing DEET (diethyltoluamide) or picardin and always follow instructions on the label Clean up: stop mosquitoes breeding in water pooling around your home or holiday accommodation by emptying water from containers Shire Environmental Health Officer Jacinta McKinlay said the Shire is a relative low-risk area for mosquito-borne viruses but there are pockets around the region where mosquito activity are relatively high. “The dominant species trapped here was Aedes camptorhynchus, which is commonly found it coastal areas as well as tidal salt marshes, and is a significant vector of Ross River Virus in the south west. “Higher numbers were also recorded near Molloy Island and parts of Augusta.” Ms McKinlay said despite the high mosquito activity in these locations, official notifications for mosquito-borne viruses via health system processes remain very low.
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
02 Oct 2019
Read more

Community lunch in celebration of Get Online Week

The lunch is aimed at residents aged over 50 years old, and provides an opportunity for participants to view demonstrations of online resources, and to hear about the Libraries’ digital literacy program. “Participating online as we age helps us to stay connected, engaged, independent and self-sufficient.” Ms Porter said the lunch event will include demonstrations of how to access digital resources, and all booked attendees will be given a take-home gift of a USB storage device, pre-loaded with helpful links to encourage people to get online. To book a place, RSVP to [email protected] with your name and phone number, or call 9780 5600, or drop into your local library branch.
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
02 Oct 2019
Read more

Community lunch in celebration of Get Online Week

The lunch is aimed at residents aged over 50 years old, and provides an opportunity for participants to view demonstrations of online resources, and to hear about the Libraries’ digital literacy program. “Participating online as we age helps us to stay connected, engaged, independent and self-sufficient.” Ms Porter said the lunch event will include demonstrations of how to access digital resources, and all booked attendees will be given a take-home gift of a USB storage device, pre-loaded with helpful links to encourage people to get online. To book a place, RSVP to [email protected] with your name and phone number, or call 9780 5600, or drop into your local library branch.
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
02 Oct 2019
Read more
Cover up to reduce mosquito bite risk

Cover up to reduce mosquito bite risk

Make sure children are also appropriately covered up Repel: Use insect repellent containing DEET (diethyltoluamide) or picardin and always follow instructions on the label Clean up: stop mosquitoes breeding in water pooling around your home or holiday accommodation by emptying water from containers Shire Environmental Health Officer Jacinta McKinlay said the Shire is a relative low-risk area for mosquito-borne viruses but there are pockets around the region where mosquito activity are relatively high. “The dominant species trapped here was Aedes camptorhynchus, which is commonly found it coastal areas as well as tidal salt marshes, and is a significant vector of Ross River Virus in the south west. “Higher numbers were also recorded near Molloy Island and parts of Augusta.” Ms McKinlay said despite the high mosquito activity in these locations, official notifications for mosquito-borne viruses via health system processes remain very low.
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
01 Oct 2019
Read more