Active Ageing

SeniorsAge Friendly Shire

In 2009, the Shire of Augusta Margaret River was the first regional Local Government Authority to complete an Age Friendly Community Study with funding received from the Department for Communities and South West Development Commission.

The project is based on World Health Organisation (WHO) methodology, the Western Australian Age Friendly Toolkit, and has the aim of ascertaining how age-friendly our Shire is in relation to outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, respect and inclusion, social participation, communication and information, civic participation and employment and community support and health services.

 Key Outcomes

 Overall the Shire was deemed to be age friendly within the majority of study areas, however it was acknowledged that improvements could be made across:

  • Housing affordability and options
  • Public toilets
  • Footpaths
  • Accessible parking and drop off points
  • Safe pedestrian crossings
  • Road maintenance and safety

 Future Plans

Recommendations within the Age Friendly Community Report will provide a blue print for strategies to enhance the age friendliness of our shire and are currently being integrated into other areas such as the Integrated Pathway Plan and Supertowns planning.

The Shire supports activities which promote active ageing.  Some activities the Shire supports include:

  •  Annual Connecting Seniors Expo which provides an opportunity to celebrate Seniors Week and learn more about clubs, associations and services for seniors in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.
  • Seniors for Safety workshops 2012 which promoted all aspects of safety in our communities.
  • Supporting the U3A within our shire.
  • Increasing accessible and inclusive recreational activities within the Shire through the Count Me In Inclusive Recreation and Sporting.
  • Introduction of the Living Longer Living Stronger program.
  • Ongoing feedback and consultation through the Community Access and Inclusion Reference Group.

The Shire is committed to a culture of innovation, quality and continuous improvement and as such appreciates public feedback.  If you would like to provide feedback on seniors access and inclusion issues, please do so by contacting the Community Development Officer on (08) 9780 5233 or email

Community Access and Inclusion Reference Group

The Shire’s Community Access and Inclusion Reference Group (CAIRG) is open to all members of the community.  The group meets quarterly to discuss all community matters related to access and inclusion.  They range from consultation on new buildings, seniors issues, infrastructure upgrades, playground redevelopment to community events, access to information and the opportunity to raise issues.

Meetings are held in the Mainbreak meeting room at the Civic Administration Centre on Wallcliffe Road.  Please register your interest in attending with Community Development Officer, Susie Elton on 9780 5233 or

Living Longer Living Stronger

Living Longer Living Stronger™, the premier strength and exercise program for the over 50s in Western Australia is available to seniors at the Augusta and Margaret River Recreation Centres.

Strength training for older people builds muscle mass and increases bone density to improve strength, balance, gait, flexibility and coordination.

Research has shown that strength or resistance training not only improves quality of life and well-being, but can also assist in the prevention and management of chronic disease such as arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, depression and osteoporosis.

To find out more call Kristi Head at the Margaret River Recreation Centre on 9780 5625.   For information about fitness centres providing Living Longer Living Stronger™ in other areas call COTA WA on 9321 2133, or visit the Living Longer Living Stronger website.

Seniors Week

Seniors week activities are held in November annually.  If you are a community group hosting a seniors event and would like to promote it as part of Seniors Week, please contact Susie Elton, Community Development Officer on 9780 5233 or by email

 Aged care and disability support services

 The following aged care services are available in Augusta Margaret River.

Augusta MPS HACC
Phone 9758 3222

Phone 9282 8600

BESS Home & Community Care
9757 2333

Leeuwin Frail Aged Lodge Inc
Phone 9758 3279

Phone 9758 9600

Disability Services Commission
Phone 9758 7284

For more information contact: Susie Elton, Community Development Officer
Telephone 9780 5233

Fax  08 9757 2512

Or send a message via the Contact form.

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Postal Address

PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285

Margaret River

41 Wallcliffe Road
Monday to Friday
Ph 08 9780 5255
Fax 08 9757 2512


66 Allnutt Terrace
Monday to Friday
9am-Noon, 1pm-4pm
Ph 08 9780 5660
Fax 08 9758 0033


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