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The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is set to reduce electricity costs at its civic administration building by 45% following the recent installation of a 100kW rooftop photovoltaic system.
Shire Sustainability Planning Officer Katie Biggs said the system was anticipated to nearly halve electricity bills and carbon emissions for the next 25 years.
“With a 45% reduction in carbon emissions and electricity costs, this is a great outcome for both the environment and ratepayers,” she said.
“These yearly carbon offsets are the equivalent of planting and growing 1400 trees for the next 10 years or powering 10 homes with 100% renewable energy.”
The installation of the system is linked to the Shire’s recently adopted Climate Action Plan, which sets out to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
“The Shire is dedicated to mitigating climate change and this installation is yet another step towards carbon neutrality,” Katie Biggs said.
The civic administrations new solar PV system complements existing systems on the Margaret River Recreation Centre, Margaret River HEART, Augusta Civic Centre, Margaret River Depot and Margaret River Library.
The latest installation will bring the total to 225kW.
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s holiday parks and camping ground have undergone a changing of the guard, with long-time manager Hettie Enderes phasing into retirement and Megan Ferris returning to the region to take up her post.
Ms Enderes has a long history with the parks, having started managing Turner Holiday Park in 2003 with her husband Gary before later going on to take over Flinders Bay Holiday Park and the Alexandra Bridge Campground.
Though more than just a job, Ms Enderes’ experiences have helped forge lifelong memories.
“Our children Joella and Daniel – then 11 and 9 – grew up on the park and in Augusta and have fond memories of their time,” she said.
“We can’t think of a better place for kids to spend time, now and then, with the river, ocean and bush at their doorstep.
“The same can be said for families coming to visit on holidays.”
Even though Ms Enderes said she could “write a book about all that happened over these past 18 years on the parks”, her focus will be shifting to other passions, like artwork, gardening and travel.
Filling Ms Enderes’ big shoes will be Megan Ferris, who has decades of experience managing parks and said this new role felt like coming “home”.
“It is with great pleasure and a good dose of nostalgia that I take on the role of Holiday Parks Manager in beautiful Augusta,” she said.
“The very first holiday park I managed was in Augusta some 20 years ago so to come home and work for the Shire of Augusta Margaret River is just a wonderful turn of events.
“Everyone has made both myself and my daughter Rori feel extremely welcome and we look forward to being a part of the community.”
Ms Enderes is gradually phasing into retirement through flexible working arrangements and will continue working closely with Ms Ferris to ensure a smooth handover.
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River extends a big thank you to Ms Enderes for her service and a warm welcome to Ms Ferris.
The submission deadline for Prevelly and Gnarabup’s new Foreshore Management Plan has been extended and an extra information session planned, giving people more time and opportunity to have their say.
Shire of Augusta Margaret River Coordinator Environment Landcare Services John McKinney said some previous information sessions went ahead but others were rained out, so he hoped an indoor session would bring even more people forward to hear about the project, discuss issues and make suggestions.
“Prevelly and Gnarabup hold special places in locals’ hearts, which is why we want to gather as much community input as possible,” he said.
“It’s vital we protect and restore the diverse cultural and environmental values of this coastal strip, and this plan – along with valuable community input – will be crucial in making this happen.”
Developed in the context of previous assessment plans for the Prevelly-Gnarabup foreshore, the plan will cover 5.5kms of coastline and include more than 130ha of coastal reserve.
Mr McKinney said it would help the Shire prioritise management actions on a range of issues and seek funding to implement them.
“As part of the consultation process, we’ll be looking at things like beach and reserve access, weed management and revegetation, and the protection of cultural and environmental values of the area,” he said.
The drop-in information session will be held at The Common Bistro in Gnarabup on Thursday 10 July from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
Participants are not required to RSVP and will be given the opportunity to learn about the project, contribute local insight and make suggestions.
Written submissions should be sent to [email protected] and include your details, general thoughts on the area, what makes it valuable, any areas of concerns and ideas for future management.
The submission deadline is 14 June.
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Students at Margaret River Senior High School heard from an exciting range of local businesses this week as part of the RISE to Your Career Expo.
An initiative of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s RISE (Resilient Innovative Skilled Employed) program, in partnership with Margaret River Senior High School, the Expo was held for students in years 10, 11 and 12 on Tuesday 1 June 2021.
Over 30 local businesses got involved in the expo, spanning tourism, government, creative industries, brewing, agriculture and sports, to showcase an enormous range of exciting local careers that students may not otherwise have thought about, or know how to pursue.
Sixteen local personalities also got involved in panel discussions including Dan White from Strings Attached Guitar Festival, Gene Hardy from Cape to Cape Explorer Tours, Chanel Bowen from Cinefest Oz, John Dingey from Magic Dirt Trailworx, Spice Mistress Sarina Kamini and more. The panellists discussed their own career pathways and what they have learnt throughout their working lives, while also passing on valuable real-life tips for students to succeed in their own way.
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River were also present with staff from the Recreation Centre, Childcare, Community Development, Human Resources, Planning, Works, Rangers and Parks and Gardens talking to young people about their careers.
Coordinator Community Planning and Development Jason Cleary said it was important to highlight the exciting and diverse array of local careers available and to help young people to see how they can turn their interests and passions into viable careers.
“Young people are faced with a number of choices as they near the end of their High School education, and the RISE to Your Career Expo showcased some of the options available right here in the region.”
“Hearing from local people who have turned their passions into successful careers, shows that it is possible to follow your dreams and that with passion, dedication and an open mind, anything is possible,” he said.
RISE is proudly supported by Lotterywest through their COVID relief fund.
Image: Students at Margaret River Senior High School took part in the RISE to Your Career Expo, to learn about the exciting range of careers in the region. High resolution images available here. Image credit: Russell Ord.
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is working with the Department of Transport and Department of Education to improve pathways near schools in the region.
Earlier this year, the Shire – in partnership with the two State Government departments – completed the construction of a shared pathway between the Margaret River Education Campus and the high school, on the west side of Bussell Highway.
Shire Manager Asset Services David Nicholson said the relatively short missing link in the townsite path network had long impacted the movement of pedestrians and cyclists, who previously had to walk along the gravel verge on Bussell Highway.
“Installation of this path provides massive benefits for the local community and visitors through provision of a safe, uninterrupted, wheelchair accessible path from town to the Education Campus,” he said.
“The large number of people using this path on a daily basis indicates the success of this project.”
Due to the path serving weekday movements of school students and Saturday morning foot traffic to and from the farmers’ market, this path was constructed to a higher standard at 2.5m wide.
The Department of Education also funded construction of additional bus bays to service the ongoing growth in student numbers at the high school.
“The Shire would like to thank the Department of Education and the Department of Transport for their part in bringing this pathway to fruition,” Mr Nicholson said.
Now looking to the future, the Shire is again working with the same two State Government departments on a similar project to design a shared path between Station Road and Bussell Highway along Clarke Road and Boodjidup Road.
This will complete a missing link between the Station Road commercial precinct and residential neighbourhoods at Brookfield and Rapids Landing.
Construction of the pathway is subject to future grant funding, but can hopefully be constructed within the next two years.
The Department of Transport provides ongoing support to WA local governments through funding of up to 50% of total project costs for the design and implementation of bicycle network infrastructure.
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