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The State Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (the ‘Department’) will today commence a process of community consultation for a proposed tourism development at Gnarabup.

The process will enable interested community members to view detailed plans and supporting information which accompany an application by the landowner to the State Development Assessment Unit, before it is determined by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) as part of the State Government’s temporary significant development pathway.

The public consultation process will run until 2 March 2022.

Community members can view the plans and provide their submissions here: https://consultation.dplh.wa.gov.au/reform-design-state-assessment/gnarabup

Director Sustainable Development and Infrastructure Nick Logan said the Shire is not the decision maker in this case but has been asked to provide a detailed assessment of the proposal against the local planning framework which will aid the WAPC in its determination of the proposal.

“The Shire is working closely with the Department to maximise opportunities for the local community to have their say,” he said.

A Department staff member will be located at the Shire’s Margaret River office from Monday 7 February until Friday 11 February, providing an opportunity for people to ask questions about the proposal and the significant development assessment process. Further details are available at https://consultation.dplh.wa.gov.au/reform-design-state-assessment/gnarabup

The separate but related ‘Public Environmental Review’ (PER) administered by the Environmental Protection Authority EPA will also be subject to a consultation process. The WAPC are prevented from making a final decision on the proposed development until the PER has been concluded.

Image from the Proposed Development Plans. For a high-resolution image click here or visit https://consultation.dplh.wa.gov.au/reform-design-state-assessment/gnarabup

 

A Total Fire Ban and a Harvest Vehicle Movement Ban have been declared for the Shire of Augusta Margaret River for Wednesday 19 January 2022.

This is due to the forecast for hot and windy weather and the projection of a Severe Fire Danger Rating.

The following activities are NOT allowed: 

  • Open fires for the purpose of cooking, camping or outdoor entertainment, including fire pits and bonfires
  • Any ‘hot works’ (e.g. welding, grinding, cutting, heating, etc.) in the ‘open air’
  • Off-road activity using a four-wheel drive, quad bike, motorcycle, bobcat or similar vehicle
  • Harvesting operations
  • Operation of off-road recreational vehicles (exceptions listed below).
  • Other – use or operation of any engine, vehicle, plant equipment or machinery in the area likely to cause a bush fire or contribute to the spread of a bush fire.

 
The following activities ARE allowed:

  • Movement of Vehicles on ‘gazetted roads’ (as described in Bush Fires regulation 24A(3).
  • Movement of vehicles on a lane, driveway, yard or other area that provides access to, or a parking facility at, any residential, farming or business premises, if the area has been sufficiently cleared of inflammable material to prevent the escape of fire.
  • Use or operation of a vehicle if it is for the prevention of an immediate and serious risk to the health or safety of a person or livestock, and only if all reasonable precautions have been taken to prevent the activity from creating a bush fire danger

 
For a list of activities that can or cannot be carried out during a Total Fire Ban and conditions visit dfes.wa.gov.au/totalfirebans or by telephoning the Total Fire Ban Information Line on 1800 709 355.

You could be fined up to $25,000 or jailed for 12 months or both if you breach a Total Fire Ban.

The Harvest Vehicle Movement Ban declared within Shire of Augusta Margaret River has been extended to 1900 hours today, 19 January 2022.

This extension has been put in place due to the high temperatures still being experienced along with low humidity.

Whilst the Harvest Vehicle Movement Ban will be lifted at 1900 hours, the Total Fire Ban remains in place across the Shire until midnight, 19 January 2022.

The following activities are NOT allowed: 

  • Open fires for the purpose of cooking, camping or outdoor entertainment, including fire pits and bonfires
  • Any ‘hot works’ (e.g. welding, grinding, cutting, heating, etc.) in the ‘open air’
  • Off-road activity using a four-wheel drive, quad bike, motorcycle, bobcat or similar vehicle
  • Harvesting operations
  • Operation of off-road recreational vehicles (exceptions listed below).
  • Other – use or operation of any engine, vehicle, plant equipment or machinery in the area likely to cause a bush fire or contribute to the spread of a bush fire.

 

The following activities ARE allowed:

  • Movement of Vehicles on ‘gazetted roads’ (as described in Bush Fires regulation 24A(3).
  • Movement of vehicles on a lane, driveway, yard or other area that provides access to, or a parking facility at, any residential, farming or business premises, if the area has been sufficiently cleared of inflammable material to prevent the escape of fire.
  • Use or operation of a vehicle if it is for the prevention of an immediate and serious risk to the health or safety of a person or livestock, and only if all reasonable precautions have been taken to prevent the activity from creating a bush fire danger

For a list of activities that can or cannot be carried out during a Total Fire Ban and conditions visit dfes.wa.gov.au/totalfirebans or by telephoning the Total Fire Ban Information Line on 1800 709 355.

You could be fined up to $25,000 or jailed for 12 months or both if you breach a Total Fire Ban.

 

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is pleased to welcome three new trainees who are set to kick-start their careers in 2022, by developing their skills and experience in local government.

Shire CEO Stephanie Addison-Brown welcomed James Ransley as Community Development Trainee, Kahlia Creagh as Engineering and Construction Trainee and Charlie Seberry as Amenity Gardner Trainee.

“I’d like to extend a warm welcome to James, Kahlia and Charlie,” she said. “The Shire will really benefit from their enthusiasm, while each trainee will receive opportunities to upskill and gain practical experience for their future careers.”

“Providing opportunities for high school graduates through traineeships is a great way for us to develop and keep local young talent in the region,” she said.

“I’d also like to extend my since thanks to outgoing Community Development Trainee Shannon Walker and Amenity Gardner Trainee Darcy Burton, both whose work in 2021 was very highly regarded throughout the organisation.”

Incoming Community Development Trainee James Ransley is no stranger to community events having been involved in the Augusta River Festival, Healthy Habitz and Tutu Dance Company’s end of year concert. James has a passion for music and events said he hoped the year-long traineeship would allow him to expand on his skills and experience.

“I’m looking forward to getting lots of experience in community development activities and events, and at the Shire overall,” he said.

Kahlia Creagh who is the first incumbent to the newly created Engineering and Construction Traineeship, said she applied for the position as it allowed her to stay local while getting some experience. The chance to work outdoors was the drawcard for incoming Amenity Gardner Trainee Charlie Seberry.

To find out more about careers at the Shire of Augusta Margaret River visit www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/council/careers

Image (L-R): James Ransley, Kahlia Creagh and Charlie Seberry have kick-started their careers in 2022, by starting traineeships at the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. High res image available here

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has committed to a significant boost in road safety starting immediately.

The speed limit along Margaret River Main Street is now 40kph, with Cowaramup Main Street scheduled to drop from 50kph to 40kph by the end of February. Main Roads WA is considering a 50 kph limit for Witchcliffe.

The Shire’s Manager Asset Services, David Nicholson, explains that road safety is a high priority for the Shire – particularly over the holiday season.

“During the holiday season the Shire is bursting with holidaymakers. We want everyone to stay safe and bringing down the speed through our main streets protects all road users but particularly pedestrians and cyclists,” he says.

In addition to speed limits, the Shire will be undertaking extensive road upgrades from December to June 2022. 

‘We’ll be extending the width of the seal on some of our rural roads that have a history of “run off road” crashes to make these roads safer. Audible edge lines (rumble strips) will give drivers a clear warning and more recovery time should they drift onto the road shoulder,” he adds. 

An audible edge line has already been installed on Wallcliffe Road between Mansfield Avenue and Caves Road. More rumble strips will be added to Carters, Mowen, Rosa Brook and Rosa Glen Roads between January and June 2022.  These works are fully funded by a $5M federal and state government Regional Road Safety Program grant.

Road reconstruction will also be carried out on sections of Jindong-Treeton Road, Warner Glen Road and Cowaramup Bay Road over the summer. Upgrading of Leeuwin Road in Augusta is nearing completion.

Mr. Nicholson implores drivers to be safe this summer.

“Please celebrate safely this summer. Don’t drink and drive, keep your hands on the wheel – not on your phone – and your eyes on the road. Stay focused on what really matters,” he advises.

Further information about the works schedule for the 2022 road upgrades will be available soon.

For further information contact David Nicholson, Manager Asset Services, Shire of Augusta Margaret River on 08 9757 2512. 

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