Media releases

The Shire of Augusta Margret River is pleased to announce construction works on the much-anticipated Turner Caravan Park chalet development have now commenced.

The works, which include three new chalets, a storage facility and an amenity block upgrade, aim to support tourism in Augusta in the off peak and shoulder seasons and provide accommodation alternatives to the current caravanning and camping options.

Turner Caravan Park Manager Hettie Enderes said enthusiastic holiday-makers are wasting no time in making bookings to stay in the Shire-owned chalets once they are completed this September.

“The park has always been popular for its prominent position on the Blackwood River,” she said.

“The chalets are another feather to our bow and will work to support more visitation to Augusta.”

Construction updates are available at

For chalet bookings please contact Turner Caravan park on 9780 5633.

Residents across the Shire of Augusta Margaret River are being asked to give feedback on how they keep up to date with Shire news and information.

Respondents to the News and Information Survey will go into the draw to win one of three $100 Margaret River Farmers Market vouchers.

The survey includes questions about where residents access Shire news and information, how satisfied they are with communications and how they would like to receive information in future.

Director Corporate and Community Services, Annie Riordan said the feedback would help enhance the Shire’s communication methods.

“The survey results will help us better understand how our community wishes to access Shire information, including public notices, service changes, community consultation opportunities and event information, among other things.

“Knowing how and where community members get information is particularly important in emergency situations and as part of emergency prevention strategies such as bushfire mitigation activities,” she said.

“Whether residents source their news from the local paper, online via the website or email, via social media or radio, we are interested in knowing how best to reach our community through the most appropriate channels.”

The survey closes on 21 May and is available online via Your Say at  

 Hard copy surveys are also available at Shire offices.

For further information, please contact the Media Officer at or call 9780 5209.

Users of the Margaret River Skate Park can now access the newly refurbished onsite public toilets after several months of construction warranted a temporary closure of the amenities.

The vastly improved toilet block, which has bright red doors, now features six cubicles – an increase of five from the single loo that was previously available for use.

Community Development Officer Susie Elton said an upgrade to the facilities is a welcome by the families, youths and visitors who frequent the precinct.

“The toilet block has been designed to meet disability access standards in line with the Building Code of Australia, with further consideration given to safety and usability,” she said.

The upgrade constitutes the first stage of the Margaret River Youth Precinct upgrade, which will see improvements made to both the Skate Park and the surrounding grounds.

The sanitary facilities will be serviced daily and open between 7am until 7pm. 

For further information regarding the Margaret River Youth Precinct please contact Susie Elton – Community Development Officer on 9780 5233 or

Funding for the project is being provided by Lotterywest ($1.3m), Shire of Augusta Margaret River ($650,000) and Margaret River Lions ($25,000).

A community group spearheaded by local resident Rex Maloney is seeking a target of $25,000 to afford additional features and elements for skate park users.

To donate to the gofundme campaign visit

The Shire thanks Willcox and Associates who donated time to complete draft concepts for the precinct.



The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is hosting a free screening of Just Eat It - A Food Waste Story at 7pm on Wednesday 31 May at the Margaret River Cultural Centre.

The documentary aims to highlight the issue of food waste that occurs at each stage of food production – from the farm, to retail outlets, to consumers’ fridges and pantries.

Shire Waste Education and Project Officer Jackie Dickson said that she hopes the movie will get people thinking about their own waste habits.

“In the documentary the two filmmakers get an insight into of the billions of dollars of good food that is discarded in North America each year,” she said.

“Viewers follow their story as they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away.

“I hope watching their journey will raise awareness of the issue at a local level and start conversations between audience members and their friends and families about food waste.”

Ms Dickson says waste is a big issue for our community and it is important that we all understand the true re-percussions of living a throw away lifestyle.

“It is estimated that 40% of the waste in our wheelie bins is food,’ she said.

“That equates to $1000 for the average Australian family.

“It’s also unnecessary landfill, which when combined with other organics, turns into methane.

“This is a greenhouse gas which is more potent than the exhaust fumes that come out of cars.”

In addition to the screening of Just Eat It – A Food Waste Story, the Shire will be working with Transition Margaret River to provide information stalls, guest speakers and raffles on the evening.


Older community members, and families and carers of aging residents, are invited to a free information session about living well independently.

Titled ‘Aging Well in Your Own Home’, the session is being jointly hosted by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River and Council on the Aging (COTA).

Community Development Officer Susie Elton said topics covered at the events included the options for and availability of assistive equipment, housing modifications, occupational therapy assessments and housing alternatives such as retirement villages, lifestyle villages, granny flats and living with your children.

“The session is open to people interested in planning for their own future or that of a loved one.

The aim is to make sure local residents feel informed about their options and live with freedom and support into their twilight years.”

The session will look at ways of staying active, fit and connected throughout the various decades of life.

This includes exploring muscular wellness and its impact on sleep, balance, reduced medication, reduced chronic health and feeling good.

Date: 30 May

Time: 10am – 12pm

Place: Council Chambers, Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River

Please RSVP to Shire Community Development Officer Susie Elton on 9780 5233 or by the Friday 26 May 2017.

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