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Back-to-back reigning champions the Perth Wildcats will take on the Adelaide 36ers in a National Basketball League pre-season game on Sunday 3 September at the Margaret River Recreation Centre.

The special Father’s Day event is one of only two Wildcats pre-season hit outs in WA and will be one of the first opportunities to see newly recruited Wildcats Devondrick Walker and Derek Cooke Jr join play alongside stars Damian Martin, Bryce Cotton and teammates.

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River Recreation Services Manager Dylan Brown said he was thrilled the Wildcats were returning following a hugely successful, sell-out pre-season game in 2014.

“Last time was so much fun, I had never seen so much activity and excitement at the centre before,” he said.

“This time we are working with the Perth Wildcats to deliver an equally amazing event.

“There will be an elite level basketball game, music, entertainment, crowd interaction, a children’s fun zone and an athletes signing session.”

Shire President Ian Earl said council provided sponsorship to secure the game to afford local residents a social engagement and entertainment opportunity usually reserved for people living in metropolitan areas.

“The Wildcats did wonder for our local community last time they were here,” he said.

“They were fantastically inspiring for our youth and the local association saw a marked increase in basketball participation.

“The players were great with meeting and greeting the local people and hosting coaching workshops.

“We are very happy to be welcoming them back again and hope locals can come out and show support for our state team.”

Perth Wildcats captain Damian Martin said the team is excited to head down south again.

“We’re feeling very lucky to be able to play one of our first games for 2017-18 in a world-famous West Australian destination like Margaret River,” he said.

“It’s a great opportunity to get people in the region excited about basketball, as well as a chance for us to begin bonding as a team again.

“The Adelaide 36ers were outstanding last season so I’m expecting it to be tough, exciting contest.”

Pricing to attend the event is $15/child and $20/adult for general entry, $35 for baseline seating, and $50 for corporate options (catered, grandstand seating).

Tickets go on sale from Friday 4 August 2017 from www.trybooking.com/303679

Local community, volunteer and service-based organisations have until 4pm on Friday 31 August 2017 to apply for funding from the 2017-18 Community Development Grant Fund.
The fund is an initiative of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, as recognised in the Community Strategic Plan: Welcoming and Inclusive Communities, which provides up to $1000 per successful organisation to assist in the delivery of community events and activities.
The priorities for this round of funding will be for projects that:

contribute to the well-being of the local community

encourage more membership

enhance the functioning of the organisation

increase community involvement in arts and culture

upskill volunteers

create accessible opportunities people with culturally and linguistically diverse and people living with disability. 

The Community Development Fund aims to encourage a greater sense of community spirit through empowerment of local groups to achieve community-based outcomes.

Grant Guidelines and an application form are available at www.amrshire.wa.gov.au. 

For further information about the Fund, contact the Shire at amrshire@amrshire.wa.gov.au or on 9780 5255.

Approximately 2000 local residents have provided feedback to the Shire of Augusta Margaret River about their visions and priorities for the future, to help draft Council’s key planning document the Community Strategic Plan 2036.

Feedback for the plan was contributed by residents by way of completing online surveys, participating in working groups, a high school excursion to the Shire, and the Family Dinner Project, where primary school students took home questionnaires for completion with their family during evening meal time.

Shire Community and Corporate Planner Stacey Hutt said she was pleased local residents chose to share their views, with feedback results echoing the sustainable and environmental focus of the previously drafted 20-year plan.

“There was a consensus in the community that a strong focus should be placed on initiatives that prevented climate change, improved waste management and increased the use of renewable energy,” she said.

“It was also evident that community members wanted a greater opportunity to participate in Council decision-making, more opportunities for local youth, continued support for small businesses and encouragement and assistance for volunteering.”

Ms Hutt thanked all who took time to provide their views, especially the 36 community members appointed to the Shire ‘Your 2036 Super Group’ which met five times to have more detailed discussions about the plan.

“Thank you to everyone who was involved in this enormous project,” she said.

“Every piece of the feedback received has been recorded and will be considered in the updating of this critical document.”

The draft Community Strategic Plan for 2036 is expected to be presented to Council and the community in August 2017.

For more information about the project, visit yoursay.amrshire.wa.gov.au

Winner announced
All families who completed the Family Dinner Project questionnaire were automatically entered into the draw to win a $100 Farmer Market voucher. The winner, drawn at random on 10 July 2017, is the Lochore family.

Congratulations and thank you for your participation in the project.

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 http://www.carad.org.au/events-feed/2017/6/7/margaret-river-rations-challenge-team-2017
 
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 www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/services/animal-ownership/dog-ownership
 

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