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The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has provided a range of incentives to sports clubs with the aim of lessening the financial burdens they continue to face as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

Incentives included:

  • A waiver of lighting fees for the winter season on the sporting ovals;
  • A 25% reduction on Gloucester Park levies to all clubs;
  • A 25% reduction on court hire fees for all clubs;
  • A reduction in line marking paint costs.

Recreation Operations Manager, Dylan Brown said community sport is an integral part of our town’s identity and affirmed the Shire’s commitment to getting local residents back out with their teammates, enjoying the activities they love.

“I’d love to see community sport and active recreation organisations survive this crisis and come back better than ever,” he said. “It is critical to our economic and social recovery, and to our community’s physical and mental wellbeing.”

“We know that people in Augusta Margaret River want to get out and represent their local club more than ever,” he said. “We’re working hard to make that happen for this season and the season ahead by giving local clubs the help they need to stay active.”

Margaret River Netball Association President, Amber Fairbass explained that the waiver would assist with the clubs plans to purchase new uniforms for the 2021 season and also to look towards 2021 with development netball.

“We are ever so grateful to the Shire for waiving part of the court costs for Margaret River Netball Association’s season in 2020, due to the impact that the COVID pandemic has had on everyone”, she said.

“Without the support of our local Shire, families and volunteers, this short season may not have been possible for our club”.

The total fee waivers amounted to just over $15,000 and will benefit several local clubs.

To find out more about local sporting competitions and other recreation activities, please visit

Image: Margaret River Netball Association were one of the sports clubs to benefit, with the Shire waiving part of the court costs. For a high resolution version please click here. 

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River welcomed 13 new citizens at yeaterday's Australian citizenship ceremony, as part of Australian Citizenship Day 2020.
The conferees from 7 countries, including UK, New Zealand, India, Italy, France, Spain and South Africa, received their citizenship during a ceremony at Margaret River HEART.
Shire President, Ian Earl said the ceremony was an opportunity for all Australians, whether they are citizens by birth or by choice, to come together to acknowledge what’s great about being Australian.
“Each year on Australian Citizenship Day—17 September—we reflect on the meaning and importance of Australian citizenship and the shared values that unite us.
“There is no greater privilege than our citizenship. It’s a life-long commitment to Australia’s values of freedom, democracy, equality and respect,” Ian Earl said.
Australian Citizenship Day provides an occasion for individuals, schools, community groups and organisations to reflect on the contributions of citizens to our local communities.
“Each year we are privileged to welcome new Australians to our growing community as part of Australian Citizenship Day celebrations,” said Ian Earl.
“I encourage everyone in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River to reflect on and affirm their Australian citizenship on September 17 as we warmly welcome our newest citizens,” the Shire President said.
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New Aussies, Elisa Mariani and Federico Infantino originally from Italy with Shire President Ian Earl.
High resolution image here


The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is currently undertaking an overall assessment of Flinders Bay Holiday Park to ensure the park remains a safe and pristine holiday destination for visitors.

At this stage there is no development proposal for the Park, with the assessment process to be primarily focussed on establishing key renewal and upgrade priorities for the Park’s ageing infrastructure.

Director Corporate and Community Services James Shepherd said the focus of the assessment process was to improve what is essentially already at the Park.

“Infrastructure renewal and upgrade priorities are being identified and scheduled for completion and identification of cultural and environmental values will take place to ensure they are managed appropriately,” he said.

The Shire is working in collaboration with a number of local organisations and businesses, including:

  • Undalup Association for Aboriginal cultural and heritage mapping;
  • Litoria Ecoservices for Flora and Fauna studies including a planned community night stalk;
  • Civil Structural Consulting Pty Ltd for infrastructure integrity assessments;
  • Eco Wastewater Solutions for investigating alternative black and grey water management systems;
  • Survey South for feature and drone surveying; and
  • Urbanise WA Pty Ltd for transportation design works.

Key site assessment works will seek to ensure there is safe access and egress to the Park, especially in case of a bushfire emergency.

The Shire is also investigating an alignment around the perimeter of the park for a formal path that, subject to consultation and approval, will complete the section of coastal path from Ellis Street to Flinders Bay.

For any queries please contact Manager Asset Services, David Nicholson on (08) 9780 5282 or visit

Image Credit: Elements Margaret River

A collaborative video campaign was launched today, aimed at welcoming visitors to Margaret River’s town centre despite major upgrades taking place along the Main Street.

The video has an underlying tone of tongue-in-cheek humour, telling viewers that shops are open for business and parking is available behind the Main Street, with the makeover due for completion by Christmas.

Shire Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Addison-Brown gave credit to the local businesses and filmmakers who drove the idea and tone of the video. 

 “Some Main Street traders and the Margaret River Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MRCCI) asked us to fund an idea to create a video campaign that would support a better visitor experience in Margaret River on the back of COVID-19 and in the face of ongoing roadworks - delivered in a light and humorous way.

“The collaboration grew to include Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association and Creative Corner, skilfully produced by local filmmakers Mark Boskell & Darren McCagh from Mixtape Creative & Farmhouse Films,” she said. 

Local business owner, Marcelle Egberts from Margaret River Bakery, said shop owners wanted visitors to know what’s happening in the centre of town.

“We want visitors to know, yes there are works going on, but the town is very much open for business. 

“With restaurants and cafés still operating under restricted capacities due to COVID-19, it’s best to plan and book ahead to avoid any disappointment,” she said.

Joint Chief Executive Officer of Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, Sharna Kearney, said the State’s hard border closures as a result of COVID-19 had changed visitation patterns to the South West.

“With increasing numbers of visitors coming to Margaret River from Perth and around the State over what has traditionally been our quieter period, there is a need to let people know what’s happening ahead of their visit.” 

MRCCI President Melissa Rose said the Chamber was really happy to be part of this collaborative project. 

“The light-hearted and humorous approach is a fantastic depiction of our town's personality and resilience through this challenging time. 

 “With recent confirmation that the Third stage has been funded, we know there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that we'll have a wonderful new main street by Christmas.  

“In the meantime, the MRCCI will continue to support and advocate for our Main Street Traders in any way we can,” she said.

The Main Street Makeover includes critical storm water drainage upgrades, a new Festival Precinct that can be temporarily closed off to traffic for events, new aggregate footpaths, two new roundabouts to improve traffic flows, a new designated cycle lane, more bike racks, more trees and landscaping, nine pedestrian crossing points and ambient new street lighting. 

This project is supported by the State Government of Western Australia via the South West Development Commission.

View and share the video at the Shire's Facebook page or use the following link to embed it on your website 

Last week Shire of Augusta Margaret River Councillors passed further measures to bolster economic recovery and support community resilience as part of their evolving COVID-19 Community Care Package.

In March 2020, $2m was set aside under Community Care Package, with over $400k committed to date.

Three new measures include adoption of a Financial Hardship Policy, new Economic Stimulus Grants and Community Resilience Grants.

The Financial Hardship Policy provides several flexible payment arrangements for rate payers, businesses and community groups who can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

Economic Stimulus Grants are aimed at building local employment, business success and sustainability. They are available to businesses, non-for-profits and incorporated associations with an ABN.

Community Resilience Grants have been developed to support long-term strategic community projects that enhance sustainability, build resilience and develop our community’s ability to withstand ongoing disruption and major shocks.

Shire President Ian Earl said the additional measures were aimed at the local level.

“Supporting our local community to weather the economic challenges we’re facing is Council’s priority,” he said.

“We know that within WA, our local government area is one of the worst hit by the economic fallout of this pandemic.

“These new measures are intended to complement existing State and Federal stimulus initiatives,“ he said.

Property rates are being distributed from 17 August and ratepayers who are experiencing financial strain as a result of the pandemic are encouraged to contact the Shire to discuss payment plan options.

Grants details

The new grants:

Open on Friday 28 August 2020, 9am
Close on Friday 9 October 2020, 3pm.

Funding announcements will be made in mid-November 2020.

Application forms and final criteria will be available from 28 August on the Shire’s website at .

Grants Information Session and Writing Workshop

An grants information and writing work will be held with specific information about these grants.

Date: Tuesday 15 September 2020
Time: 9.30am
Venue: Margarets In Town, 6 Tunbridge Street, Margaret River

For more information please contact the Shire’s Community Development Team on 9780 5276 or 9780 5260 or to RSVP email

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