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The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is asking community members to do two online activities to help shape its new website. Participants will go in the draw to win one of four $100 gift vouchers to spend at a local business of their choice.

Shire Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Addison-Brown said work was underway in close collaboration with the community to shape a new, more user-friendly Shire website.

“We have kicked off a project to rebuild the Shire’s website with the goal of making it easier for people to access the information and services they are looking for online,” she said.

“Thanks to everyone who participated in the testing activities we did in June to identify issues with the current website. We had 124 people taking part, providing very useful data to inform improvements.

“Since then, we have met with several community members and staff, to gain further insight into what is needed to create a website that’s customer-focussed and easy to use.”

Ms Addison-Brown encouraged people to take part the new round of online activities which are intended to help test out a new draft website structure before it is fully developed.

“We are now ready to show you our draft wireframe and sitemap to test out,” she said.

 “The wireframe is a mock-up of how the site might be laid out, remembering this is a very first draft and it’s not how the final stylised design will be. The sitemap structure is the way content is grouped and labelled.

“By doing these activities, community members will help us find any issues with the proposed new structure so we can make further tweaks before it goes into the coding and design stage.

“I encourage everyone to have a go! As a way of saying thanks, participants will go in the draw to win one of four local $100 vouchers to spend at a business of their choice.”

Double your chances of winning by doing both activities.

The two activities are:
Activity A - Home wireframe testing (5-7 mins)
Activity B - Website sitemap testing (6 mins)
Start the test activities now

Online testing activities close on Thursday 5 August 2021.

Alternatively, a link to the activities can be found at www.yoursay.amrshire.wa.gov.au/shire-website

Residents within the Shire of Augusta Margaret River are set to benefit from $15.7m in major works over the next year following Council’s adoption of the 2021-22 budget.
Voted in unanimously at last night’s Ordinary Meeting, the budget specifically sought to ensure funds were dispersed across all townsites, hamlets, and rural localities across the shire.
Shire of Augusta Margaret River CEO Stephanie Addison-Brown said it was always a challenge to find the right balance to make sure all sectors of the community were well serviced, but she felt this budget would be well-received by ratepayers.
“We have been out and about over the last twelve months meeting people living in the various townsites across the shire as well as in our coastal and rural communities, and we have been listening to the various needs and priorities within each community” she said.
“There is something in our budget for residents of all our townsites and hamlets, plus everyone in between.
“There are also a number of improvements planned for shared community facilities that will be enjoyed by all.”
 
The Shire’s total operating and capital expenditure budget of $54 million is largely funded by $23 million of property rates, $11 million of fees and charges and $11 million of grants for capital projects. 
Major capital spends include $9 million for road works, $2 million for parks and reserves, $2 million for buildings and $1 million for paths. 
 
A summary of key projects include:
 
Augusta:

  • Wadandi Track Construction $5,000
  • Flinders Bay to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Path, including a Healthy Country Plan and delivery of landcare rehabilitation and management - $162,000
  • Augusta Aerodrome Improvements $300,000
  • Leeuwin Road reconstruction $750,000
  • Ellis St Jetty refurbishment $180,000
  • Blackwood Ave path renewal - Bakery to Green St $62,000
  • Activation of the Augusta Civic Precinct and support for the establishment of a Childcare facility at the Augusta Recreation Centre
  • Character Survey and commencement of an Augusta Place Plan

Cowaramup:

  • Duggan Pavillion upgrades to accommodate Playgroup $32,000
  • Cowaramup playground design $15,000
  • Pioneer Park connecting paths $10,000

Margaret River

  • Shade sail for MRYP BBQs $15,000
  • Hockey training facility $1,022,870
  • Outdoor basketball half court $20,000
  • LED lighting upgrades for main oval $114,200
  • Rendall Close and Barrett St Weir erosion control $20,000
  • Margaret River Aquatic Centre Renovations $1,170,000
  • Andrews Way and Wilkes Road path expansion link to Wadandi Trail
  • Wadandi trail bridges (supported by grant funding) $882,336

Coastal

  • Playground equipment at Riflebutts $80,000
  • Gas Bay and Grunters carpark design $40,000
  • Rivermouth Carpark $25,000
  • Gnarabup Foreshore path project $239,797
  • Gracetown swimmers beach water tank replacement $30,000
  • Coastal management works at Gracetown
  • A plan for coastal infrastructure and environmental management at Gnarabup / Prevelly to deal with the impacts of use

Rural:

  • Alexandra Bridge foreshore plan works $92,000
  • Road construction for Kevill, Warner Glen, Rosa Glen, Wilson Roads
  • Gravel resheeting for Wirring Road, Holben Road, Governor Broome Road, Payne Road, Rocky Road and Bramley River Road

Witchcliffe:

  • Witchcliffe Public Toilets $280,000
  • Character Survey and commencement of a Witchcliffe Place Plan

Ms Addison-Brown said there would always be a constant challenge to deliver all desired projects with such a small rates base, but the rate rise was this year able to be contained to 2%.
“We are a relatively small population funding facilities and services for our own community as well as a significant number of visitors to the region.
“This year we are focusing on ensuring we are delivering projects and services of value to all residents across the shire whilst also improving our corporate operating models to ensure efficiency and a high quality of customer service”
The full financial year budget is available for public viewing at www.amrshire.wa.gov.au
 

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has been awarded nearly $500,000 through a State Government Mitigation Activity Fund grant for bushfire risk reduction.

The State Government funding, which was announced earlier this week, will be used to complete a combination of mechanical fuel reduction works and hazard reduction burns in and around the Shire’s townsites and hamlets.

Shire Community Emergency Services Manager Adam Jasper said the grants are issued annually, but this is the most our local government has ever received.

“We are a small local government with a large land area to manage, the majority of which has been declared a bushfire prone,” he said.

“We can’t get to all of it so it’s always a delicate exercise to strategically determine what we are targeting each year.”

“This funding boost means we can extend our efforts that little bit further.”

Mr Jasper said soggy winter conditions will likely hamper any immediate efforts for bushfire mitigation, but planning was well underway to ensure works can commence when conditions are right.

“All of this winter rain is going to mean a lot of green come springtime,” he said.

“As summer dries that growth it all becomes potential fuel load so we know we are in for a busy year ahead.

“We planning our activities in the coming weeks and are suggesting property owners do the same.

“By even writing or reviewing your bushfire plans now, you can free up time for property preparedness activities closer to September.”

The Shire’s funds were secured from a $7.5m fire risk reduction funding pool.

Full details are available at

https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2021/07/Local-governments-share-record-7-point-5-million-dollars-to-reduce-bushfire-risk.aspx

 

The Margaret River Recreation Centre pool closure has been extended for four weeks, following an Engineer’s report which highlights the extent of works needed to restore the facility to a safe condition for community use.  
 
Staff attended the centre last week to discover storm damage had caused the pool to almost entirely drain of water after a section of wall had dislodged and damaged external pipes, with valves unable to be closed off.
 
Shire of Augusta Margaret River Recreation Centre Manager Dylan Brown said the facility has now been inspected and assessed by an Engineer, whose preliminary report highlights the extent of the damage.
 
“The bulk of work needed to restore the facility to a safe operating condition includes repairing the hole so further severe weather doesn’t dislodge roofing sheets or further collapse the wall,” he said.
 
“We’ve also had to do some interim remedial works to further brace the western wall and as a precautionary measure, the rear outside plant area has been isolated.”
 
“The report shows that we also need to undertake works on the ceiling to stop falling debris, which includes applying sheeting to the affected areas using scaffolding, which we can do while the pool is empty and accessible. Valves and pipes have also been ordered and will be ready to install soon.”
 
Based on the repairs required in the Engineer’s report, the works required to restore the venue to a safe condition for community use are expected to take four weeks; with two weeks estimated for the extensive repairs plus two weeks for refilling, heating and treating the pool.
 
Mr Brown said while an insurance claim has been progressed which covers both the works and loss of income for the centre, he and his team are moving as quickly as possible to re-open the pool.
 
“I understand pool-users are keen to get back in the water as soon as possible and we will do our best to make that happen as soon as we can,” he said.
 
Mr Brown said all swimming and aquatic classes were cancelled for the next four weeks pending further advice and that memberships which include pool access would be automatically credited.
 
Kids Club Vacation Care is continuing at the centre in the second week of school holidays with swimming replaced by other activities.
 
For further enquiries please contact the Margaret River Recreation Centre on 08 9780 5620 or email [email protected]
 
Further updates will be posted on the Margaret River Recreation Centre’s website and Facebook page.

Undalup Wadandi Cultural Custodians and the Augusta Margaret River Shire are hosting a community information session about the Taalinup Boya Healthy Country Plan, including proposed path from Dead Finish to Cape Leeuwin at 5.30pm on Tuesday 20 July at the Augusta Community Resource Centre.

The Shire has constructed a path from Flinders Bay towards Cape Leeuwin, with a formal trail developed as far as Dead Finish. The remaining sections of the pathway cover sections of country that have been identified as having significant cultural value, with archaeological evidence revealing artefacts and ceremonial sites. The Taalinup Boya Healthy Country Plan was developed in response to significance of these sites and the strong desire of the community for the path to be continued.

Undalup Wadandi Cultural Custodian Zac Webb and David Guilfoyle from Applied Archaeology International will present details of the project, outlining the results of field surveys, recommendations for the paths and trails development, future management of the landscape and protection and rehabilitation of significant cultural sites and the environment.

Cultural Custodian Zac Webb believes that the Healthy Country Plan has been an excellent process to help guide decisions to protect the cultural, environmental and social values of Taalinup Boya. 

“This partnership allows us to work closely together to implement land management practices guided by both Traditional Ecological Knowledge and western scientific practices, using our Continuous Connection to Country and Culture,” he said.  

Nick Logan, Director Sustainable Development and Infrastructure at the Shire agrees.

“The goal of the Plan is to protect Taalinup Boya Country. We want to finish the path to the lighthouse, but also protect the area into the future, ensuring these special places aren’t damaged. It’s exciting to have this Plan to help the Shire and Council consider the future of this amazing landscape.” he explained.

For further information contact Dave Nicholson on [email protected] or 08 9780 5255.

Taalinup Boya Country.
Image supplied by Undalup Association Inc available here

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