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Local emerging artists, photographers, film makers, writers, creative thinkers and innovators are encouraged to apply for Shire scholarships to attend the 2018 Emergence Creative Festival.

Scheduled to be held between 21-24 March 2018 in the Margaret River Region, the festival brings together creatives from a wide range of areas encouraging participants to look beyond their own specialisation and broaden their thinking.

The scholarship winners will be entitled to participate in all sessions and workshops which cover topics such as communications, film, photography, digital space, music, innovative design and technology.

Shire of Augusta Margaret River Chief Executive Officer Gary Evershed said the Shire would be offering two scholarships to local creatives to help them pursue their passions and kick-start their careers.

“There is some fantastic local talent in this region and we want to provide these community members with upskilling and networking opportunities,” he said.

“There is no minimum level of competence required to apply - we would really like to see these scholarships go to people who will embrace this learning opportunity and have fun with it.

“Each application will be considered on its own merit.”

Anyone interested in applying for the scholarship need to send a completed application form, with a video or blurb of why they want to attend and three work samples, to by 5pm Thursday 8 March 2018.

Photos of artworks are acceptable.

Winners should be available to attend the Emergence Creative Festival scheduled to be held between 21-24 March 2018 in the Margaret River Region.

The winner will be notified by 5pm Friday 9 March 2018.

The scholarship is non-transferable and does not covering ticketing to the networking events.

A limited number of tickets are still available for purchase from


Members of Wallcliffe Bush Fire Brigade last week accepted a donation of $2000 from IGA Margaret River to go towards stocking, equipping and maintenance of the Bushfire Welfare Support Trailer.
The trailer travels with crews to most bushfire incidents and can act as both an Incident Control Centre for managing agencies, and/or a rest and refreshment station for firefighters.
Shire of Augusta Margaret River Community Emergency Services Manager Chris Lloyd thanked IGA for their generous contribution saying it would benefit all Shire firefighters and members of partner agencies.
“The welfare trailer lives at Wallcliffe Fire Station but is available for use by all 10 of the Shire’s brigades, during local incidents, controlled burns and can be deployed to assist crews responding to incidents in neighbouring communities.” he said.
“The running cost of the trailer are covered by the Shire however, its capability and service levels are constantly improving due to the brigades receiving very generous community donations.”
“We are absolutely chuffed to receive this support from IGA.
“Not only will the funding be put to great use, but it is a great morale booster to know that our brigade members are being thought of a valued by the local community.”
Mr Lloyd specifically thanked IGA owner Debbie O’Connor for the donation, and IGA staff Peter Harker and Kathryn Godridge who presented the cheque to support trailer managers Gail Montgomery, Don Montgomery and Barb Allen.
Expenditure of the donation will be decided between all the brigades at an upcoming Bush Fire Brigade Executive meeting. 
Anyone available to assist with the running of the trailer is encourage to contact their local bush fire brigade.  
A directory of contacts is available on the Shire's website. 

On Friday 16 February 2018, the Kudardup Bush Fire Brigade received a new four-wheel drive 4.4 fire truck equipped with the latest safety and firefighting equipment.
The new fire truck replaces an 18-year-old fire truck that had served the community well, but was outdated and required increasing maintenance.
Shire of Augusta Margaret River Community Emergency Service Manager Chris Lloyd said the brigade gladly received the new truck, with its features including:  

  • Automatic Vehicle Location system (GPS tracking of vehicle)
  • Comprehensive Crew Protection System (deluge system consists of water jets spread across the truck to help protect the crew and the truck if impacted by fire/heat)
  • Automatic transmission
  • Large 4000L water tank
  • Dual cab capable of transporting up to six firefighters
  • Diesel-powered pump

“The appliance was provided to the Shire with funding from the Emergency Services Levy, which is managed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services,” Mr Lloyd said.
This funding has bolstered our fleet and equipment over recent years and has strengthened our capacity to not only respond to fires but also conduct important bushfire mitigation activities such as prescribed burning.
“It is great to see that the ESL is benefiting our community and we are very appreciative for that.”
The Kudardup fire station is currently undergoing shed extensions to house the new fire truck as it is much bigger than the old truck.
The shed additions are jointly funded between the Shire and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services Emergency Services Levy.  

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River along with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services would like to invite community members to a bushfire recovery morning tea.
The gathering is an opportunity for people impacted by the recent bushfire to share their experiences and come together as a community. 

When: Tuesday 13 February
Time: 9.30am – 11.00am
Where: Augusta Centennial Hall, Allnutt Terrace, Augusta
Free: Tea, coffee and cake

For catering purposes please RSVP to the Shire on 9780 5255 or at

Signs warning against swimming at Barrett Street Weir and the Margaret Rivermouth have been removed following the return of satisfactory water sampling results.

Late last month levels of bacteria at the popular swimming spots were considered to be at unsafe levels for water activities, resulting in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River installing warning notices on the water foreshore area.

Shire of Augusta Margaret River Environmental Health Officer Chris McAtee said that bacterial levels have now dropped, but officers will continue to monitor the sites for the remainder of the Summer/Autumn water sampling season.  

“The quality of these sites is variable so there is a possibility that we will need to erect signs from time to time until the end of the sampling season in May,” she said.

“We erect the signs based on bacterial levels, but river users also need to use their own judgement when considering swimming in any natural waterbody.”

Tips about safe swimming in the region’s natural waterways can be found on the Shire’s website. 

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