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The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River have erected warning signs at the Molloy side at the boat ramp, Caravan Park, and ferry crossing following The Department of Health’s warning for people to avoid contact with a Lyngbya sp. macro-algal bloom that has formed in waters north and east of Molloy Island, including the channel, in the Hardy Inlet at Augusta. For further information read the The WA Department of Health's Media Release

People with mobility limitations will be able to dip their toes into ocean this summer with the Shire of Augusta Margaret River providing a beach wheelchair at the Rivermouth in Prevelly.
The wheelchair is available for the duration of lifeguarding season and can be used by anyone who has a permanent disability, a temporary disability or reduced mobility due to age or other circumstances.
Shire President Pamela Townshend said the beach wheelchair can be taken over sand, grass, gravel as well as in water and is a great way to access the beach for paddling, swimming, fishing or sitting at the water’s edge.
“Recreating at the beach is such a wonderful part of life in Margaret River that so many of us take for granted,” she said.
“This free all access wheelchair ensures all community members and visitors can enjoy the simple pleasure of visiting the beach with friends and family.”
The wheelchair features low tyre pressure to reduce the risk of puncture and is designed to be pushed by someone other than the person sitting in it (ie. not self-propelled).
To request use of the beach wheelchair, speak to the Lifeguards during patrol hours 9.30am to 5pm, 15 December 2018 to 26 April 2019.
Bookings not required.
For more information please contact the Shire on 9780 5255.

Margaret River is set to become the state’s third dementia-friendly town following selection by Alzheimers WA to participate in an 8-month long enablement and empowerment project.
Margaret River Lions and Margaret River Rotary have committed significant funding towards the project, last week confirming $15,000 each.
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is support the project and hosted the first community consultation on 28 November 2018.
Shire President Pam Townshend said she looked forward to developing initiatives to help local people living with dementia to live active and meaningful lives.
“Dementia is the leading cause of death of women in Australia, and the second leading cause of death of all Australians,” she said.
“We need to embrace this project and ensure people living with dementia can feel safe and supported in their local community.”
The 8-month project, led by Alzheimers WA, will involve a local coordinator and working group. Aims for the project include:

  • Engage with people living with dementia to shape the community around their needs and aspirations;
  • Increase social participation and volunteering opportunities for people living with dementia;
  • Support local businesses to provide accessible services for people living with dementia. Including having staff who understand and know how to communicate effectively; and
  • Create environments that are enabling and easy to navigate.

Margaret River Lions Club President Dorothy Yeoman said both Rotary and Lions club members were proud to be associated with this initiative.
“The first two WA towns to become dementia-friendly, Manjimup and York, used a whole-of-town approach which resulted in some very positive changes,” she said.
“I feel really passionate about bringing this project to our community.”
This project is supported by the WA State Government through the WA Country Health Service.
For more information about this project or to get involved please contact Alzheimer’s WA Senior Project Officer Layla Riley at or 9388 2800.

Over 100 volunteers and their friends and family members attended the 2018 Thank a Volunteer Day celebration at the Margaret River Civic Administration Centre last night (Wednesday 5 December 2018).
Hosted by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, the annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the work of the 230 active local volunteer organisations, whose members dedicate countless hours to support the community.
The event was also an opportunity to announce the winners of the annual Volunteer of the Year awards, as judged by Shire President Pan Townshend, Deputy Shire President Julia Meldrum and 2017 Volunteer of the Year co-winner Stuart Carrick.
Recipients were as follows: 

Volunteer of the Year – Winner:

  • Colin Fox

Volunteer of the Year -  Certificates of Appreciation:

  • Beth Carlessi
  • Denis Ogden
  • Karl Zdunic
  • Kellene Harvey
  • Lynda Donovan
  • Wendy Shearwood

Youth Volunteer of the Year – Winner:

  • Tenille White

Youth Volunteer of the Year - Certificate of Appreciation:

  • Brenton Tebbutt
  • Brigit McKenzie-Rae
  • Taj Thomas

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,” she said.
“Every day I see and hear about the dedicated efforts of community members working across our Shire to assist others and to make our Shire stronger.” she said.
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 Communities who provide a small event grant to assist the Shire acknowledge the dedication of our local volunteers.
The Shire thanks our event supporters:

  • Department of Communities
  • Artzability Margaret River
  • Margaret River Flower Farm

Thank you to businesses who donated more than $3000 worth of refreshments and gifts for the event:

  • Arlewood Estate
  • Brown Hill Estate
  • Coles Margaret River
  • Cullen Wines
  • Colonial Brewing Co
  • Cowaramup Brewing Co
  • Dale Alcock Homes
  • Grace Farm
  • Heydon Estate
  • Howard Park Wines
  • Huna Massage
  • Riverfresh IGA
  • Johnno B Biscuit
  • Leeuwin Estate
  • Margaret River Hemp Co
  • Margaret River Home Timber & Hardware
  • Providore
  • Stella Bella Wines
  • Swings and Roundabouts
  • The Candy Cow
  • The Foodroom
  • The Margaret River Chocolate Company
  • Vasse Felix
  • Victory Point Wines
  • Voyager Estate
  • Watershed Wines
  • Woolworths Margaret River

Consultants managing the recruitment process for the Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s new Chief Executive Officer last week released the role for public advertising.

The vacancy was created by the departure of Chief Executive Officer Gary Evershed, who is taking a period of leave before officially retiring on 25 January 2019.

Shire President Pam Townshend said Councillors worked with WA Local Government and a consultant to review the position description, scope the required recruitment process, consider the legal requirements for the appointment and identify priority skills sets for the incoming officer.

“This is obviously very significant role for the organisation, but it’s also an important appointment for the whole community,” she said.

“This person needs to have the right skill sets to manage a range of competing priorities, and have considerable experience in, and knowledge of, environmental issues.

“We are aiming to ensure we are advertising the position to the right people and that we receive strong interest from highly-qualified candidates.

“We are taking the process very seriously and we are being very thorough and considered in our approach.”

An excerpt of the job advertisements, placed by consultants Lester Blades, reads as follows:

“Council is interested in applicants who can demonstrate the full suite of competencies normally expected of someone working at CEO level in an organisation of this size and complexity.

“Equally important will be the CEO’s skills in developing a positive, meaningful and ethical organisation culture, one which reflects Council’s vision for connected communities, social justice and climate action, together with a strong focus on the natural environment.

“We seek a CEO who is perceptive to, and can accurately assess, community expectations and proactively engage with our diverse community in positive and meaningful ways.

“Commitment to sustainability (balancing environmental, social, cultural and economic values) and protecting the fragile natural environment are critically important. The CEO must also understand climate change and the need for urgent climate action at a local level.”

A condition of employment will be that the CEO must resides within the Shire.

People interested in considering this position should contact Geoff Blades at Lester Blades on 08 9221 0744 to obtain a copy of the Position Description.

Confidential applications should be made in Word format to Lester Blades at Reference LB302195.

Applications close Monday 17 December 2018 at 5.00pm WST.

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