Your Councillors

North Ward

Cr Ian Earl - Shire President

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. Cr Earl's term of office expires in October 2017.

Contact Cr Earl on 0418 932 847 or

Cr Kylie Kennaugh - Deputy Shire President

kylie kennaughKylie was raised on a wheat and sheep farm and moved to Margaret River in 1990. She has over 32 years working experience with solid backgrounds in hospitality, tourism, farming, volunteering and all aspects of small business.

She has two daughters and is heavily involved in her family business Margaret River Venison and with her partner Greg's business Berridge Transport.

Passionate about agriculture, Kylie has been with the Margaret River Agricultural Society since 2001 where she has been the president since 2011.

Kylie was elected to one of the three North Ward seats in October 2013. Her term is due to expire in October 2017.

Contact Cr Kennaugh on 0419 906 158 or

Cr Peter Lane

peter lanePeter was elected as councillor in North Ward 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 

Town Ward

Cr Felicity Haynes

felicity haynesBorn in Katanning, Felicity taught at the University of Western Australia for 27 years and published books and articles on arts education, critical thinking, permaculture, ethics and gender equity. She was the first female Dean at UWA, serving on many committees, including Senate and was administrator of the Faculty of Education for four years.

Felicity has set up a meeting house on her farm at Tingrith to encourage an open community of inquiry, and promote the permaculture principles of caring for people, caring for the land and avoiding waste and extremes.

Felicity was elected to represent Town Ward in October 2013. Her term is due to expire in October 2017.

Contact Cr Haynes on 9757 4014 or

Cr Pamela Townshend

pamela townshedContact Cr Townshed on 0415 504 653 or at

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 and she lives with her mother who is 98 years young!

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 Arts Margaret River and 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.

Leeuwin Ward

Cr Kim Hastie

kim hastieKim and his partner Carol have lived in Augusta since 2008. His background includes 32 years in Local Government, including 12 years as CEO, and the role of Secretary of the Augusta Men's Shed.

Kim was previously a member of the Darling Range Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade and board member of the Goldfields Esperance Development Commission, a superannuation fund, a credit union, the Legal Aid Review Committee and an agricultural community co-operative. He has an MBA (Curtin) and Management Diploma (TAFE).

Kim was elected to the seat of Leeuwin in October 2013. His term expires in October 2017.

Contact Cr Hastie on 0455 022 393 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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