Your Councillors

Cr Pamela Townshend - Shire President

Pam enjoyed holidays in the Margaret River region for 30 years prior to retiring to Margaret River in 2013 to enjoy the magnificent environment and be near her extended family, who live in Dunsborough and Gracetown.  Pam has two children who have finished tertiary study and moved to Melbourne.

Pam studied Conservation and Land Management at Canberra University and also has qualifications in Business Management and Nursing.  Her professional background is in administration and she has run several small businesses in landscaping, training and retail.

Pam is currently President of Brookfield Connect and volunteers for U3A and is a member of the local Permaculture group and Transition Margaret River.  She was elected to Council in October 2015.

Pam is primarily interested in environmental and social justice issues which arise from growth and human impact.  Margaret River is growing quickly and the Council plays a vital role in planning and managing the effects on the natural environment and people in the community.  Pam would like to see increased community involvement in decision making and increased individual responsibility for improving our environment.

Contact Cr Townshend on 0415 504 653 or at

Cr Ian Earl

ian earlIan Earl was elected as a Councillor in the North Ward in October 2013. Ian was born in Margaret River in 1953 and his family has lived in the district since the early 30s. He is married to Helen and has three adult boys and three grandsons.

Ian left the district in 1969 for Perth to get a job as there were very few opportunities in this district in those days. Since his return in 1981, he has been heavily involved in the local community. He has been President of the Cowaramup P and C, Cowaramup Junior Football Club, Augusta-Margaret River Junior Football Association, Margaret River Hawks Cricket Club and the Busselton Margaret River Cricket Association.

He has also been heavily involved in the Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade for the past 31 years and has been the Fire Control Officer in Cowaramup for over 16 years.

Ian has been part of the Augusta Margaret River Sport and Recreation Committee for 26 years looking after the interests of sport and culture. He is also a mentor at the Margaret River Senior High School. Ian is the owner of Margaret River Cowaramup Electrical Service and employs 10 people.

Throughout his time in Augusta Margaret River he has seen the district grow to a strong and vibrant region where residents can find employment and raise a family with confidence. As a Councillor Ian believes there is a need to have the planning in place to make sure that this can continue into the future in and orderly and well managed fashion.

Cr Earl was Deputy Shire President from 19 October 2011 to 23 October 2013, and Shire President from October 2015 to  October 2017. Cr Earl's term of office expires in October 2021.

Contact Cr Earl on 0418 932 847 or

Cr Julia Meldrum - Deputy Shire President

Cr Meldrum grew up and was educated in Manjimup where her family were original settlers.  She is a married mother of two young children and has lived in Cowaramup since 200l, as well as her family having resided and holidayed in the Shire in Augusta, Flinders Bay and Margaret River for 90 years.  Julia has a background in agriculture, auditing, hospitality and bookkeeping, and has also studied viticulture.  She is actively involved in various community sporting groups across the Shire, having held positions of treasurer, registrar and president on various committees of these groups.  Julia has also lived overseas and speaks various languages.

Julia was elected in October 2017. Her term is due to expire in October 2021.

Contact Cr Meldrum on 0439 988 846 or

Cr Peter Lane

peter lanePeter was elected as councillor in October 2015.

Peter was born in Manly, NSW in 1940 and graduated as a geologist from Sydney University in 1961. After working in far north Queensland Peter returned to Sydney and married Jann. He has worked as a petroleum geologist and company manager in Papua New Guinea, Canada and in numerous Australian localities, and as a consultant in Perth during the 1980s. Much of Peter’s career has focused on corporate advice and the financial aspects of searching for and producing oil and natural gas.

In 1987 Peter and Jann move to Margaret River and were soon followed by their four children. Peter continued to work in the petroleum exploration industry, jointly founding two companies, Discovery Petroleum NL and Tap Oil Limited. Peter served on the Council in 1996-97, in 2000 ran as a Greens WA candidate for State parliament and has a published book, “Geology of Western Australia’s National Parks”.

Peter is primarily interested in environmental issues, specifically relating to native forestry, remnant vegetation, water resources, mining and the impact of climate change. While he no longer surfs, he is a keen mountain biker and strongly supports the development of recreational facilities in the shire.

Contact Cr Lane on 9757 2927 or at 

Cr Pauline McLeod

Cr McLeod has lived in Margaret River with her family for 30 years. She owns and runs the Margaret River Book Shop. She is a Past President of the Margaret River Chamber of Commerce, past CEO of the local tourism association (previously AMRTA)  and have served on several regional, state, national tourism and development boards. She is also a member of the Amnesty International Margaret River group.

Pauline's aim is to  represent and listen to all the diverse interests of communities across the Shire and ensure the needs of all communities in the shire are considered : Augusta, Cowaramup, Gracetown, Karridale, Margaret River, Prevelly, Rosa Brook, Scott River, Witchcliffe and all communities in between.

Locally owned businesses underpin a sustainable economy. Shopping and buying local is an important priority for both our community and our Shire. Young, new families in our Shire need meaningful employment to support and educate their children.  Local enterprise that reflects our unique rural character—farmers markets, local producers, galleries,  shops, cafes, restaurants, wineries, attractions, local trades and services—needs to be encouraged through innovative planning.

Action to save the environment and minimise the impact of climate change starts within the local community. We are fortunate to have knowledgeable and passionate community leaders interested in renewable and alternative energy sources to assist our transition to a cleaner, greener community, There are exciting and challenging clean energy projects on the drawing board. 

It is Paulines goal to help our community attract state and federal funds to help with essential community facilities and local infrastructure.

We live in one of Australia’s global biodiversity hotspots. She believes the preservation and protection of our coastline, creeks, rivers, caves, eco-systems and natural landscape is paramount. 

Pauline was elected in October 2017. Her term is due to expire in October 2021

Contact Cr McLeod on 0456 797 907

Cr Naomi Godden

Naomi grew up in Margaret River and was a very active teenager in the Youth Advisory Council. After graduating from Margaret River Senior High, in 2003 she initiated the Shire’s annual Community Development Trainee position. She then left the community for study and work, and 10 years later she and her partner Tom Dowling permanently returned to Margaret River and had two young children.

Naomi is a community worker, an activist for social justice and environmental conservation, and a participatory social researcher. For 15 years, she has facilitated processes around the world supporting communities to lead grassroots projects and research for social change. Her work has addressed issues such as women’s rights, Aboriginal health, youth development, education access, poverty alleviation, homelessness, environmental protection and climate change. She has worked with many community groups, international organisations such as Oxfam Australia, and academic institutions such as Monash University.

Naomi has an Honours Degree in Social Work, a Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Australian Studies), and a PhD in Community Work. She speaks several languages and she has advised on sustainability policies for local, state and federal governments. She has also been involved in advocacy at United Nations forums regarding women’s rights, climate change, and the international Sustainable Development Goals.

Naomi is passionate about Augusta Margaret River, and she is deeply committed to the rights of all community members and the rights of our precious environment. She wants to support community members to participate in local decision-making for a bright, fair and healthy future for everyone.

Naomi is very active in community groups, including Margaret River Environment Centre, Save Mowen Forest, Just Home Margaret River, Transition Margaret River, and the Women’s Climate Justice Collective. In her spare time, Naomi loves to surf our gorgeous breaks.

Naomi was elected  in October 2017. Her term expires in October 2021

Contact Cr Godden on 0407 776 815 or

Cr Michael Smart

mike smartCr Mike Smart was first elected as a Leeuwin Ward Councillor of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River in October of 2007 and before being relected for two additional terms in October 2011 and October 2015. 

After completing his education in Adelaide, Mike moved to Western Australia in 1967 to work with his father developing a sheep and cattle enterprise 40 miles east of Manjimup. In 1990 he sold up and relocated to Middlesex near Manjimup where he spent the next ten years growing and processing potatoes for the French-fry company Simplot. He holidayed in Augusta for 40 years before moving there permanently in 2000.

Mike took a leadership role in the processing potato industry and instigated a study trip to the USA which in turn brought significant knowledge back to both WA and Tasmania. Through the 90s he was instrumental in creating partnerships to establish a major tree plantation at Dingup and a large vineyard at Pemberton. He has continuing involvement with cattle, blue gums and vineyards. Prior to Council commitments, Mike, a father of five, was heavily involved with the community with active roles in St Johns Ambulance, the Augusta Golf Club and the Tennis Club, where he was the president.

Cr Smart served in the position of Shire President from 23 October 2013 to 17 October 2015. His current term expires in 2019. 

Contact Cr Smart on 0428 712 196 or

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