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Special conditions have been declared for the Shire of Augusta Margaret River local government area as a result of strong winds and unpredictable weather forecast for this weekend.

Under section 46 (1A) of the Bush Fires Act the Shire of Augusta Margaret River has hereby prohibited the lighting of any fire in the open air and direct all owners or occupiers of land to extinguish (where possible) any fire burning on the land from 1300hrs (1pm) on Friday 22 May 2020 until 2000hrs (8pm) on Monday 25 May 2020 inclusive, for the whole of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

The issuing of a Section 46 notice under the Bush Fires Act (1954) effective immediately:

  • Prohibits lighting of any fire in the open air
  • Prohibits the introduction of any fuel into any existing fire in the open air
  • Requires where possible the extinguishment of any existing fire in the open air
  • Requires the securing of the boundaries and effective monitoring of any existing fires for the period of the section 46 notice

Shire of Augusta Margaret River Community Emergency Services Manager Mr. Adam Jasper has advised that DFES will be enforcing a state-wide Total Fire Ban effective midnight tonight through to midnight Sunday which should be released at 1600hrs (4pm) this afternoon.

“This action has been taken in preparation of the expected severe weather over the weekend with the peak expected sometime Sunday afternoon”

“Community safety is our top priority and we want to ensure all precautions are taken to avoid any fire incidents occurring, particularly with the expected influx of visitors over the weekend”, he said.

For up to date information on emergency advice in the state please visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au

A Total Fire Ban has been declared by DFES for the Shire of Augusta Margaret River effective from midnight tonight (Friday 22 May 2020, 11:59pm) and is likely to remain in place through the weekend.

This announcement supersedes the conditions applied to the Section 46 Notice issued earlier today by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River Chief Bushfire Control Officer.

A Total Fire Ban means:

  • You must not light, add fuel to or use any fires in the open air
  • All open fires for the purpose of cooking or camping are not allowed 
  • Hot work such as metal work, grinding, welding, soldering, gas cutting or similar is not allowed

You must not undertake any other activities that may start a fire.

The ban has been declared due to a severe weather forecast issued across WA. The forecast of dry, warm and gusty winds predicted from Saturday afternoon through to Sunday, prior to the arrival of any rain in an approaching cold front, pose a risk to the containment of any fires that are currently in the landscape.

Penalties for ignoring Total Fire Bans include fines of up to $25,000 and/or 12 months jail.

For further information on the emergency warnings visit  www.emergency.wa.gov.au

Community members across the Shire of Augusta Margaret River are being asked to “wave their appreciation” to all volunteers who serve the local community, as part of National Volunteer Week, running 18-24 May.

Shire President Ian Earl said whilst volunteers were unable to gather for a traditional morning tea celebration this year, the community could join in on social media to show their appreciation.

“With around 3100 people carrying out voluntary work for organisations or groups, volunteers really are the backbone of our community,” he said.

"Let’s join in and thank our vollies by posting a friendly photo of you waving on social media using the hashtags #waveforvolunteers and #NVW2020."

Cr Earl expressed his gratitude towards all volunteers in the Shire, saying they were instrumental for many projects, groups, services and facilities to function.

"For many years I have been humbled by the dedicated efforts of community members working across our Shire to assist others making us the tight-knit community that we are,” he said.

 “Volunteers give up time at their job and with their friends and families to keep this community safe, prosperous, pristine and vibrant for everyone who lives and visits here."

More info about National Volunteer Week here https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/get-involved/nvw/

 

In response to the State Government’s four-phase roadmap easing COVID-19 restrictions, the Shire of Augusta Margaret River has reviewed a number of its facilities and services with the following changes and updates:

Margaret River Recreation Centre
A staged reopening of the Margaret River Recreation Centre will begin with Group Fitness Classes commencing 6am, Tuesday 19 May.

We are anticipating to open the pool on Thursday 21 May, subject to Health Department water testing results and will confirm via the Rec Centre Facebook page.

Group fitness classes and pool sessions will be limited to 20 people at any one time, in accordance with State Government regulations.

The gym and courts remain closed, and are considered as part of Phase 3 (potentially 3-4 weeks) easing of restrictions.

As of Tuesday 19 May, the Margaret River Recreation Centre’s revised hours will be
Mon - Fri 6am to 7pm, Sat 8 am to 12 pm and closed Sunday’s.

Augusta Gym
The gym will remain closed in line with State Government directions and is anticipated to open as part of Phase 3.

Margaret River Library
Options for a staged reopening of our libraries with reduced hours are being considered, noting the library will not be open on Monday 18 May. Click and collect services will continue to operate for the foreseeable future, serving all residents across the shire.

Please visit the library blog for all services currently available at amrlibraries.com

Margaret River Civic Administration Centre

Will continue to be open Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm.
 

Augusta Shire Office

Will continue to be open Mondays and Fridays, between 10am-3pm

Staff are available Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm, to assist with your enquiries via phone 97805255 and email amrshire@amrshire.wa.gov.au

Caravan parks
Turner Caravan Park is scheduled to open in time for the June Long Weekend.
Flinders Bay Caravan Park will remain closed as part of usual seasonal closures and will be reviewed subject to booking demand.

Alexandra Bridge Caravan Park is open. 21 campsites are available on first come, first served basis. No bookings will be taken. Fees payable at self-registration box. Phone 9780 5676 for further information.

Margaret River HEART
Will remain closed until Phase 3.

Playgrounds and Skateparks
Will remain closed until Phase 3.

Shire Halls
We are working with Halls Committees to support them and ensure halls are safe for public use in accordance with COVID Safety Plan requirements.

Shire Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Addison Brown said the primary focus was ensuring public facilities and services remained safe for our community to access.

“We are working diligently to ensure the re-opening of community facilities are done with due care and in accordance with COVID Safety Guidelines provides by the State Government,” she said.

“The Shire has worked hard to continue delivering essential services despite the forced shut down of many facilities.

 “We ask our community remain patient as we work to support the State Government’s four-phase roadmap to recovery.

 

Following the amalgamation of two executive leadership positions in March and an intensive recruitment process, Mr Nick Logan has been announced as the successful candidate for the newly created position of Director Sustainable Development and Infrastructure at the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

Mr Logan has been with the Shire since 2011, originally in the role of Coordinator Strategic Planning and Sustainability, before becoming Manager Planning Services and acting for significant periods in the previous Director role. Mr Logan has considerable expertise in planning and infrastructure, management of teams and an extensive knowledge of our community and local area.

Shire Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Addison Brown welcomes Mr Logan to the new role and looks forward to him commencing work on bringing the two teams together while setting direction for the future of the directorate when he officially commences the role in early June.

“Nick has been a valued member of our executive team, stepping up to act as director several times over the years. I am confident he will hit the ground running and bring with him the same level of enthusiasm and passion he has displayed throughout his career at the Shire”, she said.

Mr Logan is excited to take on the challenge of leading the new directorate and is confident that the new structure will enhance the services which fall under his leadership.

“We have a great team working in the Sustainable Development and Infrastructure directorate and I am looking forward to working with this dynamic workforce to create efficiencies in our outputs while providing the community with important local services”.

The director roles were reduced from three to two earlier this year in an effort to provide the Shire with a more sustainable staffing structure and achieve an overall budget savings in excess of $200,000 each year.

The new director role was advertised externally in March and included a rigorous recruitment process which included two rounds of interviews with external panel members from state government agencies at each stage.

Nick Logan, Director Sustainable Development and Infrastructure 

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