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Eleven local community, volunteer and service-based organisations have been awarded a total $10,000 in grant funding from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River to help with community activation initiatives.

The recipients, who could request a maximum of $1000, were selected from 18 competitive applications for their ability to deliver events, activities and programs that would help to make the community a better place to live and work.

The successful recipients, and their funded initiatives, are:

  • Augusta Community Radio 2oceansFM - 2oceansFM 10th Birthday Celebration event ($1000);
  • Augusta Margaret River State Emergency Service (SES) - SES Open Day ($790);
  • Augusta Playgroup - Augusta Playgroup, Continue the Growth program ($800);
  • Christine Pillage - Christmas ‘Boxes of Joy’ ($1000);
  • Community Home Care Busselton - Volunteer Dementia Awareness Course (in Margaret River) ($1000);
  • Margaret River Community Garden – ‘Gather’ community garden project ($1000);
  • Margaret River Concert Band - Spring Swing Dance event ($410);
  • Margaret River Playgroup - Margaret River Playgroup Family Open Day 2019 ($1000);
  • Natural Learning Centre - Wadandi Cultural Awareness Training ($1000);
  • WA PCYC ICE breakers Bunbury - PCYC ICE breakers program (in Margaret River) ($1000); and
  • Scott River Charity Ball Committee - Scott River Charity Ball event ($1000).

Shire Community Development Officer Jessica Black congratulated the successful recipients and thanked them for their work they put in into each of their initiatives.

“Often the grant funding will just cover some costs and there is a lot more work and resourcing that goes in by volunteers,” she said.

“Thank you for all the time and effort you put into your initiatives and the Shire is pleased to be able to offer you funding support for your valuable contribution to the community.”

Community Development grant funding rounds are held annually, with the next round opening in July 2019.

Priorities for this year’s funding went to initiatives that:

  • Contribute to the wellbeing and quality of life of the local community;
  • Encourage increased membership/volunteerism in local community groups or organisations;
  • Upskill volunteers;
  • Increase community involvement in arts and culture;
  • Activate the Shire’s community halls and facilities; and/or
  • Create accessible opportunities for all community members, including people with disability (and their carers), people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal Australians, seniors, youth, LGBTIQ+ people, and people experiencing financial hardship.

For further information please contact Jessica Black, Community Development Officer on (08) 9780 5276 or


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 Gracetown this November.
The Surfers Rescue 365 course, which is delivered as 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: Sunday 11 November 2018
Time: 9am – 12pm
Place: Swimmers Beach, Cowaramup Bay
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.”

Shire of Augusta Margaret River Library members, who are aged 50 years and over, can go in the running to win one of several $100 restaurant vouchers just by spending 10 minutes online completing  a couple of tasks.

The competition is being run as part of the national Be Connected Get Online Week 15-21 October 2018, and aims to increase online participation for people in the community who didn’t grow up with internet technology.

Shire Library Technician Jodie Porter said the library’s competition aligns with Get Online Week’s theme of #Try1 Thing, with competition participants required to show they have registered with Be Connected and completed one of three online actions.

“Using the internet and keeping up with changing online functions can be daunting for a lot of people,” she said.

“We hope that this competition shows it doesn’t need to be overwhelming, and that incremental learning can increase confidence and online ability.

“The winners will each receive a $100 gift voucher to a local restaurant, and we hope this will provide an added incentive for getting online and trying something new.”

Ms Porter encouraged younger community members to assist older people to complete their online actions and enter the competition.

“Younger technology users can be wonderful assets in assisting those who haven’t had the benefit of learning online skills previously – and if they help a winner, they might get invited out to dinner!” she said.

Anybody who would like to enter and is not a library member is very welcome to join at their local library branch.

Winners will be drawn at a Community Lunch which will be held from 12-1pm on Thursday 18 October 2018 at the Margaret River Library. Anybody is welcome to attend the lunch, but places are limited so RSVP is essential.

Competition and lunch details can be found at the Augusta and Margaret River Libraries or online at

The library competition and community lunch are made possible by a grant from the Federal Government Be Connected program, which supports the Get Online and #Try1Thing campaign.



Patrons of the Margaret River Library will notice a new feature artwork installation of recycled clothing rags woven onto wire.
The vibrant textile weaving titled ‘Touched’ was made by local artist Britta Sorensen, who has generously made the piece available on permanent loan to the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.
Britta says the installation was predominantly constructed during this year’s regional art trail event Margaret River Open Studios, where artists open their doors to the public for 16 days.
“For the 16 days of MRROS 2018 I worked, lived and slept in this installation slowly weaving it closed whilst inviting visitors into the silent room to view, feel and join in the weaving, leaving traces of themselves behind," she said. 
“It was a powerful exploration into non-verbal communication, the meshed woven shelter symbolising the organically growing interconnections of community forming one complex and beautiful story.
“The materials used are all recycled, cut-up garment and thus bring an added layer of their own history.
“Dismantled into its mounted two-dimensional form ‘touched’ has taken the shape of a mesmerising protective cloak or angel’s wings.”
Shire Library Operations Coordinator Kerry Darnell invited the wider community to view the impressive display of colours and textures.
“It’s a really vibrant piece and you can feel a beautiful, warm energy standing near it.
“It’s well worth the viewing.”
Britta has dedicated the piece to a recently lost close friend and fellow recycling artist.
She has also published a book that documents the weaving creation process and this is available for loan from the library with limited copies available for purchase from the artist.

The town sites of Cowaramup and Margaret River took out State category wins from the 2018 Tidy Towns Sustainable Community Awards held on Friday 21 September 2018 in Perth.
Cowaramup won the state title in Environmental Education for the Year 6 Primary School project Catching Gold which involved students and teachers working together to rid Duggan Dam of introduced goldfish.
Margaret River was recognised for its Young Legend, the incumbent Shire of Augusta Margaret River Community Development Trainee, Ladriel Hackett, who has demonstrated an emphasis on sustainability while working with the local Youth Advisory Council.
Shire Waste Education and Project Officer, Jackie Dickson, said that the wins are a fantastic acknowledgement of the effort our community puts in to make our Shire such a wonderful place to live.
“We had so many great initiatives up for awards this year and I’d like to congratulate everyone who was involved in projects that were entered into the Tidy Towns competition,” she said.
Margaret River was also a finalist in overall State category and Community Action and Wellbeing, which acknowledged the Transition Margaret River Open Coffee Club, which operates at the Organic Gardens every Saturday.
Augusta was a finalist in the Environmental Education category which featured the work done by the Environmental Research Group Augusta and their efforts to preserve the Donovan Street bushland.
The group’s published book Augusta’s Kings Park, which details the history of the project, will be out soon.
“The Shire congratulates Collie who won the overall WA Tidy Towns title. We look forward to participating in the competition again next year,” Ms Dickson said.

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