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Shire of Augusta Margaret River President Ian Earl is thanking several local fire brigade members who have flown over to support the firefighting effort on the east coast.

So far, three local volunteer brigade members have joined Lower South West task forces deployed to NSW.

“These local brigade members are putting their lives at risk to help communities on the other side of the country experiencing an extreme threat from fire.

“Our local crew have experience and knowledge fighting bushfire - skills that can help share the workload where needed and keep the firefighting effort running continuously,” he said.

Cr Earl also acknowledged two local volunteers who recently won Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

Jenny Colquhoun from Margaret River Podiatry and Brett Trunfull from Margaret River Roofing were both recognised as self-employed volunteers who take time off work to train for and respond to emergencies.

“Thanks to business owners like Jenny and Brett, many of our vollies are given time off work, often at short notice, to help when fires or other emergencies happen.

“This support is critical to our volunteer emergency services crew being able to function,” he said.

Applications are now open for the Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s new Margaret River HEART Culture and Arts Grants program.

The grant program is designed to assist in activation of the Shire’s new Hub of Entertainment, Arts and Regional Tourism from February 2020 with two funding streams open under the categories of ‘Commercial Events’ and ‘Community Events’.

Examples of the types of activities and events that will be supported under the HEART Culture and Arts Grants program include:

•             Concerts

•             Digital media

•             Theatre productions

•             Dance productions

•             Seniors events

•             Youth performances

•             Visual art displays and exhibitions

•             Festivals and events

•             Indigenous, multicultural and historical events and exhibitions

•             Community gatherings, events and celebrations

The Shires CEO Stephanie Addison-Brown said she hopes that the Margaret River HEART Culture and Arts Grants will support many incredible projects to get off the ground in 2020.

“Margaret River is home to a diverse creative community, and is well known for its prevalent arts and culture,” she said. 

“We are really excited that the Shire can play an integral role in supporting, facilitating and strengthening the development of culture and arts at the community’s brand new Margaret River HEART facility in 2020”.

In the 2019-20 Financial Year a total funding pool of $100,000 is available. 

For more information on the grants, contact or download the guidelines and application forms here.


The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has released 50 limited edition plates for purchase.  The number plate range includes Margaret River - MR 509 to 538 and Where Two Oceans Meet - AU 118 to 152.
You can purchase the plates from the Shire offices from Monday 25 November 2019.
Shire revenue and customer service coordinator Vicki Scott said sale revenue went to community development grants.
“All proceeds from these number plates go straight back to the community for events and other locally run initiatives.
“People love these custom plates and they get snapped up quickly!”
For more information, please contact the Shire on 9780 5255.

Owners wishing to use their properties for short stay accommodation are reminded to first obtain planning approval from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.
Shire Chief Executive Officer, Stephanie Addison-Brown said the increase in community members listing their properties for short stay accommodation has been a hot topic not only locally, but across Australia and around the world.
“Digital technology is making it much easier for people to list their properties for short-term rent, however Shire approval is still needed.
“Renting out your house, or even rooms within your house in a bed and breakfast manner needs approval.
“The Shire has particular controls around this type of land use, in order to maintain the affordability and availability of housing, and to preserve amenity for our permanent residents,” she said.
Ms Addison-Brown said approvals were typically granted for a limited period and required renewal to remain approved.
“To help ensure the short stay rentals being advertised are authorised, the Shire periodically checks online listings against its register of approved rentals.
“So please get in touch with our planning team if you think your approval may have expired, or if you are thinking of listing your property for short stay accommodation,” she said.
The penalties for operating a short stay house or rooms without approval can be significant and the Shire would like to remind everyone of the need to obtain prior approval. 
To obtain an approval for short stay accommodation, visit the Shire’s website
Alternatively contact the Shire directly for further information at or by calling Planning Services on 9780 5220.

Back by popular demand, surfers living the Shire of Augusta Margaret River are invited to enrol for a free, half-day board rescue, CPR and first aid training course in Gnarabup this November.

The Surfers Rescue 365 course, which is delivered by Surfing WA and provided funding support by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, aims to upskill members of the community to perform initial rescue and medical response in a coastal environment.

Shire Recreation Operations Manager Dylan Brown said while the highly-valued beach lifeguard service would continue at Rivermouth in Margaret River this summer, the Surfers Rescue 365 program will help to provide opportunity for year-round first response at unmonitored beaches.

“We are fortunate to live in a place where we have access to beautiful and vast stretches of coastline, but unfortunately accidents and injuries can happen at these locations,” he said.

“We know that first few minutes of response are the most critical in ensuring favourable outcomes for people who experience trauma or illness.

“This program will provide some of the most frequent water users with the skills to save lives and minimise impact for patients until further emergency response help can get there.”

Program details are:
Date: Saturday 23 November 2019
Time: 9am – 12pm
Place: Gnarabup Beach
Register:  until places book out

“I encourage all local surfers to make the most of this free opportunity,” Mr Brown said.

“As well as positioning you to help our community members and our visitors, it helps protect yourself in the event you are faced with a precarious circumstances to which you may need to respond.”

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