Media releases

Next week a group of Shire of Augusta Margaret River councillors and staff will join over 40 Margaret River residents in the Refugee Rations Challenge as part of Refugee Week (18 – 25 June).
Organisers, Amnesty Margaret River, aim to raise $5,000 to assist refugees in Perth who do not have any financial or family support.
Councillors Kylie Kennaugh, Pam Townshend, Felicity Haynes and Shire President Ian Earl are amongst those who have signed up for the challenge to live on the same rations issued by the UN to refugees in a Syrian refugee camp for five days.
Rations for the five days include; rice (300g), lentils (120g), dried chickpeas (60g), tinned sardines (90g), tinned kidney beans (285g), flour (250g) and vegetable oil (215 ml).
Alcohol and coffee are not included.
Participants fundraise by paying a fine for any ‘slip ups’ or can get sponsored for consuming allowances outside of the rations.
Councillor Felicity Haynes said the challenge is a good awareness lesson on how privileged we are here in the South West.
Shire President Ian Earl congratulated Amnesty Margaret River for their enthusiasm and efforts in setting up the challenge.
“Amnesty Margaret River are doing a tremendous job in getting members of our community behind this initiative and shining the light on families and individuals experiencing very tough circumstances.”
Mr Earl also thanked Riverfresh IGA for generously sponsoring the rations kits.
Funds raised will go to the Coalition for Asylum Seekers Refugees and Detainees (CARAD) who provide specialised welfare and advocacy assistance to asylum seekers, refugees and detainees in Western Australia.
Help Amnesty Margaret River reach their target by making a donation for a team member ration kit or paying a ‘slip up’ fine here
For more information on how to sign up for the challenge, visit the Amnesty Margaret River Facebook page.

A Karridale dog owner pled guilty to two dog attack charges and was fined $2000 during a trial at the Margaret River Magistrate’s Court this week.

In February, the owner’s two Rhodesian Ridgebacks mauled six Neribri Stud Ewes after slipping their collars and escaping.

The dogs were secured to the property with a wire zip line of about 10 meters in length, attached to metal leashes.

Three of the sheep died from their injuries, one required euthanizing on site and another received euthanasia some days later. One sheep survived following veterinary treatment.

Both canines were shot and killed by the stock owner fearing for his safety and that of the ewes.

Shire of Augusta Margaret River Ranger Alison Scott said the case was very sad with both parties deeply affected by their losses.

“This incident has been horrific and tragic with the loss of five special breed sheep for one property owner, and both the attacking dogs from another property owner,” she said.

Ms Scott said dog owners on rural properties are urged to secure their fences and gates or use wireless pet containment systems to prevent dogs escaping.

“Please be aware of the potential impact your dog has on other people, their safety and their livelihoods and take responsible measures to contain your animals to your property.”

The incident has cost in excess of $7000 to the dog owner in fines, legal costs, veterinary fees and compensation.

For more information on responsible dog ownership visit

The author of 'Secrets Mothers Keep' and 'Wishes For Starlight', Linda J Bettenay will be visiting Margaret River Library on Thursday 15 June.

Linda will talk about her latest book 'The Apple Core Wars' reflecting her passion to tell Australian stories.

Three incredible stories from WA’s past include two soldiers who survive the horrors of POW camps and Nagasaki; a young Aboriginal boy abandoned and found in a chook pen fighting dogs for scraps and  a murder and brutal attack which happened in a family, not spoken about for over 85 years.

As a gifted story teller, Linda will explain how she uses historical fact to weave historical fiction.

You can hear Linda speak at the Margaret River Library from 6pm - 7:30pm on 15 June 2017.

Entry is free and light refreshments will be served.

 A copy of the book will also be for sale on the night.

Please RSVP by 14 June to Margaret River Library on 9780 5600 or email [email protected]

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River and the Undalup Association invite community members to a National Reconciliation Week event from 11am until 3pm on Saturday 27 May 2017 at the Margaret River Library (and grounds). 
The event includes a traditional Welcome to Country, cultural activities, bush tucker, and screening of a documentary. 
Undalup Association will present the documentary, which is about a National Resource Management (NRM) project recently completed at Wadandi sacred place the Waljin Mia (Rainbow Cave). 
Shire of Augusta Margaret River Community Development Officer Susie Elton said National Reconciliation Week aims to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
“The 2017 National Reconciliation week theme is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’,” she said. 
“This year the dates that bookend the week are significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - 50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision. 
“We hope community members join us for the event and take the opportunity to reflect on our country’s past and consider how we want the future to look.”
Space is limited for the screening of the NRM documentary. 
To reserve a place please contract [email protected] or 9780 5600. 

Anniversary dates
27 May 2017 —
Marks the 50th anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.
3 June 2017 —
Commemorates 25 years since the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision in 1992. The ruling recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land, a relationship that existed prior to colonisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.

The Shire of Augusta Margret River is pleased to announce construction works on the much-anticipated Turner Caravan Park chalet development have now commenced.

The works, which include three new chalets, a storage facility and an amenity block upgrade, aim to support tourism in Augusta in the off peak and shoulder seasons and provide accommodation alternatives to the current caravanning and camping options.

Turner Caravan Park Manager Hettie Enderes said enthusiastic holiday-makers are wasting no time in making bookings to stay in the Shire-owned chalets once they are completed this September.

“The park has always been popular for its prominent position on the Blackwood River,” she said.

“The chalets are another feather to our bow and will work to support more visitation to Augusta.”

Construction updates are available at

For chalet bookings please contact Turner Caravan park on 9780 5633.

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