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The Shire last week issued updated Waste and Recycling Guides, with a tip pass, as part of the 2018/19 rates notice letters.

Since the printing of these guides, State-wide changes to the waste market have resulted in a revised list of items that can be placed in all Shire recycling bins.

Watch this video produced by ABC for a simple update of what can and can’t go in your yellow bin. 

Shire of Augusta Margaret River Waste Education and Project Officer Jackie Dickson said the changes are the result of an increasing pressure to reduce contamination in the recycling bins and get back to a clear list of items which have a market for reproduction.

“The three main Material Recovery Facility (MRF) operators in Perth have agreed to a common list of materials which are to be included or excluded from the recycling bin,” she said.

“The new accepted items list differs slightly to what has been printed in the annual Shire Waste Guide.

“Unfortunately we were only advised of these changes after the Waste and Recycling Guides had been distributed, however we feel it’s a good result for Western Australia to now have a common list of recyclables.”

“Please note the changes and continue your recycling efforts so we can divert as much waste from landfill as possible.”

The new list of accepted items supersedes the information on pages  6 and 14 of the printed 2018/19 Waste and Recycling Guide, that will accompany your rates notice(s).

View the new Waste and Recycling Guide 2018/19 online.

All items placed in the recycling bin should be clean, dry and empty with lids removed.



Shire of Augusta Margaret River Chief Executive Officer Gary Evershed has this morning announced he will retire from the top job effective Friday 25 January 2019.

As he will be clearing all leave entitlements prior to the official end date, Mr Evershed’s last day in the office will be Friday 2 November 2018.

Mr Evershed said he was ending his more than 10-year reign at the Shire to enjoy more time with family and pursue other interests.

“I wish to put on the record that it has been a great honour and privilege to serve the community as the Shire CEO for what will be more than ten years of loyal service,” he said.

“The evidence suggests that I am leaving the Shire in a much better state than I found it especially in terms of tackling the infrastructure backlog, improving the Shire’s finances, improved strategic planning and increased staff productivity to name just a few items.

“I believe that it is now an appropriate time to pass on the baton to another CEO to take the Shire forward in this next phase of its evolution.”   Mr Evershed said during his time at the Shire he has had the great fortune to have been able to work very effectively with a number of highly strategic and effective elected members and with a highly motivated and innovative team of staff members. 

“It has been a joy to do something that you like doing and coming to work every day to work with such a positive group of highly professional people who I have come to know as friends,” he said.

“Working with you all has been really special and personally rewarding and together we have achieved a great deal for the community.”

Shire President Pam Townshend congratulated Mr Evershed on his retirement and thanked him for his commitment and dedication to the role.

“Thank you for your service and congratulations on your retirement,” she said.

“Your visions for the Shire have been bold and aspirational.

“Under your steady leadership we have become a more vibrant, sustainable, connected community.

“You leave us very well positioned for the future.”

Mr Evershed was just last week awarded the highest honours in WA Local Government when he was presented with a Distinguished Officer Award.

The award recognises Mr Evershed’s contributions to his community and his outstanding achievements for the sector.


A successful Lotterywest Grant application is set to provide for over $400,000 in upgrades works to the historical Cowaramup Hall.
The hall, which was built in 1930, is owned by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River and is used for community events, social functions and by sporting groups. 
The funds will provide for:

  • structural restoration including bracing of the roof and southern wall,
  • accessibility improvements including wider doors, accessible ramps, signage
  • a new commercial kitchen
  • some upgrades to the surrounding public open space, including footpath upgrades, drinking fountain and lighting around the skate park.

In addition to the grant-funded works, the Shire will:

  • construct a deep sewer connections to the Hall and the nearby ablution block
  • decommission the current septics system and make the space available for public use
  • refurbished and extended the existing ablution block to provide one additional male cubicle, two additional female cubicles and a new accessible toilet

Shire Community Development Office Jessica black said awarding of the grant was a huge win for the community.

“The grant will help to preserve and beautiful and much-loved community building,” she said.
“Once the works are complete it will also be a much more user-friendly building by a wider range of community members and groups.
“We look forward to the end result.”
It is anticipated that request for tender will be advertised in September and physical work will commence early in the next calendar year.
“The Shire thanks Lotterywest for their support of the Cowaramup Halls improvements project and other regional community projects,” Ms Black said.
“A special mention must be made to Neil Earl and Jill Turton from Cowaramup Hall Reserves and Residents Association for their contribution and ongoing support to local community groups and the Hall’s operations.
“Thank you also to all those who sent letters of support for this project.”

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River was last week awarded the Most Accessible Community in WA Award – Regional Town/Shire Category by the Regional Capitals Alliance of WA.

The award acknowledges the Shire’s commitment to improving access and inclusion for all our community, including people with a disability.

The awards considered four criterion being:

  1. Improve the accessibility of Council infrastructure and public open space;

  2. Inclusive communication technology and information initiatives;

  3. Accessible and inclusive Council services, programs and events;

  4. Exercises leadership and influences community attitudes and perceptions.

Shire Community Development Officer Katie Taylor said that the imbedded access and inclusion culture at the Shire helped to achieve outcomes for the whole community.

“The Shire aims to be inclusive and accessible for everyone who lives, works, plays, invests and visits here,” she said.

“We recognise the importance of working in collaboration with the community to break down social barriers to inclusion and to drive change from within the community itself.”

The Shire was commended for ensuring key services such as the Augusta and Margaret River Recreation Centres and Libraries are welcoming and inclusive for everyone in the community.

“Recent access initiatives at the Recreation Centre include vision impaired pool lane signage and the construction of autism friendly family change rooms,” she said.

“Both initiatives were achieved because staff were flexible with their service and open to collaborating with people with disabilities in implementing innovative strategies.”

The Shire was also commended for going over and above statutory access requirements in the redevelopment of the Margaret River Youth Precinct.

“People with disability were involved throughout the entire project, via ongoing consultation with the Shires Community Access and Inclusion Reference Group as well as the involvement and collaboration with Artzability Inc,” she said.

“The redeveloped precinct now boasts universal accessible features such as picnic benches, barbecues, water fountains, viewing platforms, an accessible stage as well as colour contrasting of multi-use pathways and dropped door sills at the Youth Zone Room to ensure continuous paths of travel, inside and out.

“Involving people with a disability within this project from the initial consultation stage right through to the launch and activation of the completed youth precinct has ensured the development of a fantastic community space that has captured the needs and aspirations of all users including local youth with a disability.”

Other highlights include:

  • Strong engagement with the Augusta Margaret River Community Access and Inclusion Reference Group (approx. 80 members);

  • All staff participating in comprehensive access and inclusion inductions;

  • Access and inclusion as a standard agenda item on the Executive Leaderships Team meetings;

  • Conducting disability access audits on community buildings and facilities including ACROD parking bays and a commitment to continuous improvements;

  • Ensuring our footpaths, roads and kerb ramps are accessible, connected and well maintained;

  • Ensuring that all new builds go over and above the standard access legislative requirements and incorporate best practice access elements; 

  • Ensuring the Shire website meets accessibility standards and includes information to assist people with a disability;

  • Developing staff awareness and skills for providing good customer service to people with a disability;

  • Encouraging accessible community run events and ensuring contractors work in line with the Shire’s access and inclusion commitments through checklists and tips in Shire forms and contracts;

  • Influencing community attitudes and behaviour through the annual ACROD bay community awareness campaigns; and

  • Promoting good models of inclusive practice such as through the Shires commitment to employing people with a disability.

For more information on the award or to discuss further access and inclusion strategies please contact Community Development Officer Katie Taylor on 9780 5255 or by email at



Local people with experience of homelessness will share their stories at the 2018 National Homelessness Week - Couch Conversations event from 11am on Saturday 11 August at Margaret River Organic Garden.
National 2018  Homelessness Week, which launches today (Monday 6 August 2018), is coordinated by Homelessness Australia as a means of raising awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions.
This year’s event works to theme of ‘There's Always Something You Can Do’, aims to highlight practical solutions to which ordinary Australians can contribute.
Local homelessness advocacy group Just Home Margaret River is hosting the local event, with the support of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s Affordable Housing and Homelessness Working Group, and with funding provided by Shelter WA.
Working Group member Craig Mathieson encourages any interested community members to attend the event, which will provide a safe and welcoming space for the discussion of issues around accommodation displacement.
“There are members of our community who struggle to find a safe and affordable place to live,” he said.
“This includes people who are homeless, people who are unemployed, survivors of domestic violence and seasonal workers.
“This event isn’t a cure-all to homeless but we certainly hope that it is a way for people to better understand how homelessness can happen, and consider the wide and varying needs of people living without safe and affordable shelter.”

Details for the event are:
Date: Saturday 11 August 2018
Time: 11.00-12.30pm
Location: Margaret River Organic Garden
Catering: A shared lunch after the session
Cost: FREE

Anyone wishing to contribute to the homelessness solution can help by

Promoting local activities and events on Facebook or Instagram

Keep informed about homelessness in AMR through Just Home Margaret River’s Facebook page

Donate winter weather gear or food goods to the Margaret River Community Centre between 9am and 1pm, Monday to Friday

Volunteer at the Margaret River Soup Kitchen, the Margaret River Community Centre or Just Home

If you or someone you know is experience homelessness or needs assistance accessing housing contact Just Home Housing Advocacy Officer Katie Gray, 9am-1pm, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays on 0431 150 836.
Just Home is a housing justice organisation based in Augusta Margaret River (WA), working with community members to facilitate appropriate, accessible, low cost, secure and sustainable housing options for all.
The Shire provides funding to Just Home who work with the Shire’s Affordable Housing and Homelessness Working Group to progress solutions for homeless and affordable housing. 
The rate of homelessness in Australia has increased 4.6 per cent over the last five years, with estimates showing 50 homeless persons for every 10,000 people.

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