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The Shire of Augusta Margaret River are seeking the public’s help to find a stolen surveillance camera, which was set up in bush south of the Margaret River townsite to catch illegal dumpers.
Rangers believe the Reconyx brand camera was removed between Friday 15 December and Sunday 17 December 2017, possibly as a means of hiding evidence relating to newly dumped household items found in the immediately vicinity.
Coordinator Ranger Services Mick O’Regan said the offenders had gone to some lengths to steal the camera, which was snake bolted onto a tree, well above head height, and covered in camouflage cloth.
“We are hoping the public can help us find both person who illegally dumped the items and the person who removed the surveillance camera,” he said.
“This kind of behaviour is really not on, and we all end up paying for it.
“Illegal dumping is damaging on the environment, is unsightly, and can be hazardous and dangerous.”
Mr O’Regan said the bills to clean-up the messes left by illegal dumpers are footed by ratepayers.
“It’s incredibly unfair that the rest of the community gets lumped with the bill to clean up waste they took no part in generating,” he said.
“We need to work together to catch the culprits and stamp out illegal dumping so we can all enjoy a safe and clean environment.”
Anyone with information about the missing camera is urged to called Margaret River Police on (08) 9757 2222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Instances of illegal dumping should be reported to Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s pollution watch hotline 1300 784 782 (24 hours) or via email@example.com.
Beach lifeguarding season will open from this Saturday 16 December with patrols to operate at the Rivermouth Beach in Prevelly from 10am to 5pm every day until Friday 27 April 2018.
Over the season, veteran Shire of Augusta Margaret River lifeguards Mick Short and Dave Alp will be joined by Jerome Forest, together with new lifeguards Jed Mattinson and Finn Haslua.
The five-strong team have undertaken Surf Life Saving lifeguarding training in order to update and refresh their skills including their Bronze Medallion, Senior First Aid and Beach Life Guarding Certificate.
Senior Lifeguard, Mick Short, said as well as monitoring the beach and water, time will be spent educating people about the coastal environment.
“Beachgoers need to be aware of hazards including swell, rips, rocks, sand banks and other water users,” he said.
“The yellow flags will show the safest place to swim, and their location can change depending on ocean conditions.
“The rule of thumb is to stay aware of your surrounds and swim within your limits.”
Mr Short encouraged people to ask questions and exercise caution over the holiday season.
“Please come up and have a chat to find out the conditions before you head in the water,” he said.
“No question is too silly when it concerns your health, safety and wellbeing.
“Have fun, be responsible and do not enter the water if you have consumed any alcohol.”
Shire Recreation Operations Manager Dylan Brown said lifeguards had carried out a number of preventative actions last season.
“Thanks to the professionalism and dedication of our lifeguard team, we have helped ensure that potentially dangerous situations are dealt with before they escalate.
“I think our community can be proud of their service.”
For further information about this service contact 08 9780 5620
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Shire of Augusta Margaret River libraries have joined the campaign for improved online safety by completing an eSmart accreditation over the course of a year.
eSmart is an initiative of Telstra and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation aimed at encouraging participation online while protecting vulnerable community members from potential online threat such as cyber bullying, scams, fraud, exposure to predators and inappropriate content.
Shire Library Technician Jodie Porter said achieving accreditation was a real achievement for the library team.
“The goal of the initiative is to arm local community members with the skills they need for smart, safe and responsible use of technology,” she said.
“Over the past year this has included assessing and improving all our procedures around digital safety to promote, and provide for, respectful and safe online participation.
“We updated our Code of Conduct to include digital behaviour, to ensuring that our patrons have access to information about scams, online bullying and privacy.
“We’ve also added a simple link to our website so that anybody can find their way to the eSmart resources page and learn new digital skills, or find out how to keep themselves and their families safe online.
‘We invite all our community to visit the Library Services Online Resource page on the Shire website, and click on the eSmart link.
“There is information that is suitable for different ages and situations, and we feel sure that it will be of benefit to anyone with questions about digital participation and safety.”
The eSmart Library project will be ongoing, with further changes made as necessary to reflect the rapidly changing digital environment.
Library staff are always happy to assist the community if anybody needs help accessing digital safety information.
Media release:6 December 2017
Volunteers celebrated at annual thank you event
Eighty volunteers representing over 25 community volunteer organisations, and their families and friends, attended the 2017 Thank a Volunteer Day sundowner at the Margaret River Shire Offices on Tuesday 5 December 2017.
Hosted by the Shire, the annual event is an opportunity to thank and celebrate the work of the 230 active local volunteer who dedicate countless hours support the community through various means.
The event was also an opportunity to announce the winners of the annual volunteer awards with recipient being as follows:
Volunteer of the Year – Winners
Volunteer of the Year - Certificates of Appreciation
Narelle Rodley and
Youth Volunteer of the Year - Winner
Youth Volunteer of the Year - Certificate of Appreciation
Regional achievement and community award 2017
Certificate of Achievement Semi
Category of RAC volunteering award
Lyn Serventy - in recognition of 30 years of volunteering.
Shire President Pam Townshend expressed her gratitude towards the volunteers, saying they were instrumental for many projects, groups, services and facilities to function.
“Volunteers are the backbone of our community; their invaluable contribution of time, work skills, life experience and continued support make a significant difference in many sectors across the Shire,” she said.
“Without their commitment many local committees, organisations, events and services would simply cease to function.”
The Thank a Volunteer Day event coincides with International Volunteer Day, which was established in 1985 by the United Nations General Assembly and is celebrated on 5 December each year.
The Department of Local Government and Communities who provide a small event grant to assist the Shire acknowledge the dedication of our local volunteers.
The judging panel for the awards was Shire President Pan Townshend, Deputy Shire President Julia Meldrum and 2016 Volunteer of the Year Alan Alexander.
Thank you to event supporters:
Shaun Palmer and Margaret River Camera Club for the official event photos
Artzability for providing the decorations
Johnny B Biscuit for providing the juggling show
Thank you to donating businesses who contributed in excess of $1200 worth of refreshments and gifts for the event:
Arts Margaret River
Sunflower Animal Farm
Cowaramup Brewing Company
Margaret River Chocolate Company
Summary of winners achievements:
Sally has volunteered for the St John’s Ambulance Service for the past 5 years. Initially an ambulance driver she continued her training and is now a qualified volunteer, second in skills only to the professional paramedics.
She is one of the training officers at the post, volunteers on a roster and makes herself available to attend emergencies that other cannot attend.
She is the first to be called when additional assistance is required and often makes herself available 7 days a week. Sally applies herself to this volunteer role willingly, professionally and always with a smile. Sally shares her knowledge in training and whilst out on call.
She demonstrates the importance of teamwork and mutual support. Her willingness to be available at all hours of the day and night demonstrate her true commitment to helping others in the community.
Stu has displayed dedication and commitment and given many hours through his role in the Organic Gardens. He has taken on the hardest and most valuable tasks of compost production and grounds management, regardless of challenging weather or circumstances.
Stu has maintain the Organic Gardens to a high standard over the past five years by keeping the grounds mowed, whipper snipped and through creating compost of high quality to feed the gardens.
The garden has never looked so good, nor has it had such high usage by a wide sector of the community including Transition Coffee Club and primary and secondary school visits from Busselton, Bunbury and Margaret River.
Stu also runs composting classes and gives talks to school children, always harnessing his initiative, remaining highly committed and displaying self-motivation. He is an inspiration to visitors, school groups.
Alex has volunteered at Eagles Heritage, a local animal rehabilitation centre, since 2014 with his role including such things as keeping the pathways of the park clean and tidy, chatting to visitors about the raptors and general feeding, training and caring of the animals.
In addition, Alex also spent some time volunteering with a FAWNA carer in Augusta.
Alex is a very dedicated volunteer. He is reliable and has a natural ability in relation to animals and conservation. He is very loving and kind and is always willing to offer his time and energy to the organisation.
Change room facilities at the Augusta Margaret River Football Clubhouse will undergo much needed upgrades at the beginning of December, providing new showers, toilets and change rooms for a growing range of users.
Shire President Pam Townshend said the project had strategic importance and addressed a number of needs.
“These works are an important component of the overall Master Plan for upgrading Gloucester Park and are being considered in parallel to the Cultural Centre (HEART) Project.”
Plans include converting the southern end of the football club building into a second change room, to accommodate both home and visiting teams in the one place.
Traditionally, visiting teams have used dilapidated change room facilities across the car park near the old squash courts. These will be demolished next year as part of upgrades to the cultural centre.
Asbestos cement material will be removed and existing septic tanks and leach drains decommissioned in favour of connection to deep sewerage.
Cr Townshend said the existing facilities were well below industry standard for hosting teams from other towns and improvements would benefit a range of users beyond just the football community.
“The new change room development will complete a West Australian Football League (WAFL) standard ground and will be highly regarded in the South West Football League as the umpires and visiting sides will be housed in one building,” she said.
“This will give a much better chance of inviting a WAFL game to the Shire in the future.
“It will not only provide the three senior Augusta Margaret River Football Club sides with a base, but will also be used by the Masters Rules and Women’s sides, four youth sides and junior sides including Auskick.
“The Footy Club will continue to be a multi-use development, with Rugby, Little Athletics, T’ai Chi and exercise groups able to access the rooms, and modern toilets available for larger events at Gloucester Park, such as the Agricultural Society Show, horse shows and other outdoor events.”
Developed over a number of years in full consultation and agreement with the MR Hawks Football Club, the project is expected to cost $309,000 and due for completion in March 2018.
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