Your Councillors

Cr Ian Earl - Shire President

ian earlCr Ian Earl has been a Shire Councillor since October 2009. Ian was born in Margaret River in 1953 and his family has lived in the district since the early 1930s. He is married to Helen and has three adult boys, five grandsons and two granddaughters.

Ian left the district in 1969 as there were very few work opportunities in those days and began an electrical apprenticeship in Perth. He returned in 1981 and since then he has been actively involved in the local community. Ian 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 since 1981 and has been a Fire Control Officer since 1998.

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 originally elected as a North Ward representative in October 2009. He was Deputy Shire President from October 2011 to October 2013, and Shire President from October 2015 to October 2017. He began his second term as Shire President in October 2019 and his term of office expires in October 2021.

Contact Cr Earl on 0418 932 847 or [email protected]

Cr Pauline McLeod - Deputy Shire President

pauline mcleodCr 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 Pauline's 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 or [email protected]

Cr Julia Meldrum 

julia meldruCr 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 2001, 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, and served as Deputy Shire President from then until October 2019. Her term is due to expire in October 2021.

Contact Cr Meldrum on 0439 988 846 or [email protected]

Cr Naomi Godden

naomi goddenNaomi 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 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. She is also currently working part time as a Senior Lecturer for Edith Cowan University.  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 [email protected]

Cr Kylie Kennaugh

kylie kennaugh

Cr Kylie Kennaugh grew up on a wheat and sheep farm in Beverley and has lived in the Margaret Region for more than 30 years. Together with her partner, Greg Berridge, they operate Berridge Transport. She has two adult daughters, Stephanie and Jennifer.

Growing up on a farm, Kylie has a passion for agriculture. Her family diversified from wheat and sheep, to deer farming, to a B class zoo and then to Margaret River Venison. Tourism has also played a major part in her background. Kylie was heavily involved with her family’s business until it's sale in mid-2021.

Responsible for the bookkeeping, Kylie has a very good understanding of small business and the struggles they face and is keen to work with the community to find ways to improve our region’s economy. Kylie volunteered for the Margaret River and Districts Agricultural Society for 17 years and worked in hospitality for 19 years.

Kylie’s aim on Council is to make the best decisions she can on behalf of the community.

Kylie was a Shire Councillor between 2013 and 2017 and the Deputy Shire President between 2015 and 2017. Kylie was elected again in October 2019 and her term expires in October 2023.

Contact Cr Kennaugh on 0419 906 158 or [email protected] 

Cr Paula Cristoffanini

paula cristoffaniniCr Paula Cristoffanini, born and raised in Chile, came to Australia as an 18 year old in 1970.  She has spent most of her life in Western Australia and since 2008 has lived full-time in Margaret River.

Paula has a proven record of leadership and achievement at an executive level in the public sector, as a consultant and in the community.  Early in her life in Australia, Paula worked as a draftswoman and was co-owner of a boat building business.

Currently retired from full-time work and involved in her own art practice Paula is a member and volunteer in a range of local activities, including Transition Margaret River, Willing Walkers, the Italian speakers’ group and Mediterranean Gardening Margaret River. She is the Executive Officer of Augusta Margaret River Clean Community Energy (AMRCCE) and a member of the Augusta Margaret River Shire’s Public Arts and Culture Advisory Committee.

Paula has had a number of significant roles which have called for careful consideration of complex issues and independent decision making. These include Senior Member of the Refugee Review Tribunal in Sydney and Director of the Office of Multicultural Interest of WA.  She also had significant appointments to government advisory bodies and in the community sector, the most significant of these as President of Western Australia’s Women’s Advisory Council and a member of the Bureau of Immigration Research Advisory Council.

Paula has been married to Ian Williams for close to 40 years and together they have a family consisting of four children and seven grandchildren all of whom live in Western Australia. Paula speaks Spanish and Italian.

Paula was elected  in October 2019. Her term expires in October 2023.

Contact Cr Cristoffanini on 0423 028 295 or [email protected] 

Cr Brian Daniel

brian danielCr Brian Daniel has extensive domestic and international leadership experience in a large company. He was a CEO/Country Manager for over 6 years responsible for USD 264 million in sales overseeing 320 employees. During his tenure as CEO he served two terms as the Vice President of the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry and two terms as Chairman of the local trade association. He has a solid track record of improving efficiencies and productivity, and has the ability to evaluate opportunities and risks and deliver innovative solutions to challenges. Brian obtained an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Sydney and completed the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University (USA).
He and his wife started visiting Margaret River over 20 years ago and like many residents its beautiful environment attracted them to the area, something they are still very passionate about.
As they have a strong interest in wine, Brian and his wife bought a 5 hectare vineyard back in 2009 just outside of Margaret River. They moved onto the vineyard permanently over four years ago. Brian completed the Cert III in Wine Operations at the local TAFE and started managing/working the vineyard himself.
He is hoping to leverage his experience in big business to help ensure efficiencies and productivity goals are achieved, issues dealt with are fully aligned to the AMR Shire's Mission Statement and Strategic Plan and that current processes are stream lined as best as possible in order to properly facilitate quick and proper outcomes. Aligned with this would be to move to a culture within and outside of the Shire of mutual respect and an understanding that we are ALL part of this great region we live in.

Brian was elected  in October 2019. His term expires in October 2023.

Contact Cr Daniel on 0427 384 421 or [email protected]

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