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Property owners and business have two weeks left to place registration stickers on their waste and recycling bins before the ‘no sticker, no pick-up’ policy will come into full effect on 1 July 2018.

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has been working with both private property owners and business owners to audit and sticker bins to ensure only people that pay kerbside pick-up fees are receiving the benefits of the service.

Shire Waste Education and Project Officer Jackie Dickson said the audit has gone very well with only a small number of residents and businesses still needing to claim their bin stickers to avoid disruption to waste and recycling services.

“We’ve had a really good response to both the residential and commercial bin audits and now the majority of bins in the Shire are all set to go with their new stickers,” she said.

“The commercial audit has been particularly successful as Shire Officers were able to discuss the individual waste and recycling needs of each business while hand delivering stickers.

“The kerbside collection contractors have advised a small number of unstickered bins are still being placed out for servicing.

“These people will need to contact the Shire before 1 July 2018 to make sure that their bins are correctly registered in the system and marked with a sticker to ensure continuity of their waste and recycling services.”

Ms Dickson said the bin audit has resulted in a much more equitable and transparent system that has allowed the Shire to reinforce a user-pays model.

“The Shire is now receipting over $150,000 in previously lost revenue, which will be reinvested into improved waste management practices, facilities and services.”

Anyone still needing to collect their bin stickers can contact the Shire on 9780 5255, at amrshire@amrshire.wa.gov.au or via the contact submission form at www.amrshire.wa.gov.au

Local homeowners who are interested in making their homes more environmentally-friendly can ‘speed-date’ an architect at a special residential design event scheduled for Thursday 7 June 2018 at the Margaret River Library.

Event attendees can meet up to two architects for 10 minutes each, and use their ‘date’ time to ask questions about sustainable design, get feedback on prospective plans, or seek inspiration for a future project with no obligation to see the designer again.

Participating architects include:

·        Tom Dowling – Dowling Architects

·        Paul McDonald - Matthews McDonald Architects

·        Michael Sorensen - Sorensen Architects

·        Paul O'Reilly – Archterra

Sustainable design advocate and volunteer event organiser Susan Elton encouraged all prospective homeowners and renovators to attend the free event.

“There’s a perception that sustainable design is expensive and is really only ever applied for bigger budget homes,” she said.

“My hope is that this event shows people how small, simple changes can reduce the environmental footprint of the home, reduce running costs, reduce build cost and make for more comfortable living.

“We hope people who wouldn’t necessarily engage an architect pop in a have a quick conversation on their new home, renovation or future project.

“It will just put them in a position to consider advice about sustainability, design and functionality from industry professionals and hopefully adopt some of the recommended measures.”

‘Dating’ timeslots start from 6.30pm and bookings to be made at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/low-impact-living-session-1-speed-date-an-architect-tickets-45737851144

‘Speed-dating’ an architect is the first of five monthly sustainability workshops to be held at the Margaret River Library, that focus on different ways we can each live a little lighter on this earth.

Other sessions topics include: 

  • Waste not, want not,
  •  Make your own food
  • An introduction to beekeeping
  • In the garden

This is a community initiative proudly supported by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

For further information please contact Susan Elton on susanelton@live.com.au

Support services continue to be offered at the Church Gallery at the Margaret River Community Resource Centre. Community members are encouraged to drop in and meet with Red Cross volunteers.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday from 10am – 4pm, until further notice.
 
Please note services will run during the week only as of Friday 25 May 2018.
 
Further information

For further information on resources that may assist you at this time, visit:
www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/services/community-development/community-resilience-resources

The following services are also available:

24/7 helplines:
Lifeline on 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36
Headspace on 1800 650 890
Rural Link on 1800 522 002
Alcohol and Drug Support Line on 1800 198 024

The Shire is working with the local community and external agencies to assist the wider community in their recovery.

As part of the Margaret River Youth Precinct (MRYP) opening, special guest from the USA Martin Luther King Ill (MLK Ill) will be holding a special community talk focused around resilience alongside his close friend, Simon Oxenham, Owner and Chairman of internationally renowned Australian skate park design and build company, Convic, which recently completed the MRYP.

MLK Ill and his family are on a personal trip to Australia with the Oxenham’s to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Convic's first park which coincides with National Reconciliation Week (NRW).

The King family arrives to Margaret River after attending Sorry Day and NRW events in Melbourne and Alice Springs, and visiting Uluru.

Shire of Augusta Margaret River President Pam Townshend said the surprise visit by MLK Ill was an incredible opportunity for people in the local community to hear from the global human rights and civil rights activist.

"Mr. King's visit is especially poignant given a strong need for community resilience at this time, and the coinciding of his visit with National Reconciliation Week.

'Wadandi elders will welcome Mr. King and his family to the town prior to his community talk."

Son of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who led the Civil Rights Movement to end racial segregation and discrimination in America during the 1950s and 1960s, MLK Ill has continued his father's legacy as a leading spokesperson for nonviolent methods of achieving social change.

"I'm thrilled to be visiting Margaret River together with my family to celebrate this wonderful facility which is a fantastic example of the impact that Convic's parks have on communities worldwide, and to speak with the local community at this time," said Mr. King.

Simon Oxenham completed the original Margaret River Skatepark in January 1999. Since then, Convic has gone on to create over 700 skate parks and youth spaces around the world; received many of Australia's top design awards and been recognised nationally and internationally for their work in creating spaces for healthy communities.

"The original skate park in Margaret River was the first skate park I built, so almost twenty years on it's a real privilege to be back.

"We are passionate about the way in which action sports and inclusive recreation spaces have a powerful impact in the healthy development of young people, and in creating connected communities," said Mr. Oxenham.

The session will take place on 3 June from 1.30pm — 2.30pm in Council Chambers.

Attendees can then walk over to the Margaret River Youth Precinct official opening event called New Waves starting at 3pm until 7pm.

Being affected by an unexpected and traumatic event can be extremely distressing. It is normal for people to feel upset, anxious and distressed. It can take time for these feelings to resolve.

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is advising updated information regarding support services for the community in response to the Osmington incident.

Updated community support service hours

Support services continue to be offered at the Church Gallery at the Margaret River Community Resource Centre. Community members are encouraged to drop in and meet with support service volunteers.

Opening hours: From 10am – 4pm 7 days a week, until further notice.

Further information

For further information on resources that may assist you at this time, visit:
www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/services/community-development/community-resilience-resources

The following services are also available:

24/7 helplines:
Lifeline on 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36
Headspace on 1800 650 890
Rural Link on 1800 522 002
Alcohol and Drug Support Line on 1800 198 024

The Shire is working with the local community and external agencies to assist the wider community in their recovery. A community meeting was held on Monday 14 May 2018, at the Shire offices to acknowledge the response to last week’s incident and to work out a plan of action moving forward encompassing the role of government agencies, health professionals and community groups in the recovery.

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