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A recent upgrade to Witchcliffe “Druids” Hall has just been completed, with renovations breathing new life into the iconic local building.

The renovations, which commenced at the end of May 2020, have seen a new stainless-steel kitchen and servery installed as well as a newly constructed timber verandah with new roof and stainless-steel balustrades and timber steps linking the hall to a new barbecue shelter.

The new covered outdoor areas open the hall for greater use and provide greater access to the paved area to the south of the hall.

Upgrades to the building also include new lighting, heating, windows and timber doors and removal of all asbestos which was replaced with new wall linings.

Coordinator Building Assets and Maintenance, David Gunn said the renovations would ensure the iconic local building is preserved for years to come and would increase usability of the venue for members of the community.

“Working together with the Witchcliffe Progress Association, we have been able to preserve the overall look and feel of the building while ensuring it’s maintained for the future.

“The renovations are very much in keeping with the current character of the hall and will not only preserve the building but increase its appeal as an attractive and usable venue for members of the community to hire for celebrations, small events and gatherings.

“I would like to extend my thanks to the Witchcliffe Progress Association for their input, the Witchcliffe community for their support and local builder Tectonics for working with us through the upgrade of this much-loved building,” he said.

The renovations to Witchcliffe Hall cost $94,000 with the project jointly funded by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River and developer contributions funds.

The newly renovated Witchcliffe “Druids” Hall is now open again for hire. For booking enquiries please visit www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/facilities/halls/8/witchcliffe-druids-hall/

Final touches to the latest mural funded by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River on Margaret River’s Main Street are being painted this week.

The extensive mural titled “Wadandi Boodjarra” is a collaboration between local artists Ian Mutch, Jack Bromell and Sandra Hill depicting Wadandi home country, local flora, and iconic Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoos. 

Shire Sustainable Economy Officer, Saul Cresswell said support for the mural was part of an ongoing effort to create a sense of place and add to the vibrancy of our town centre as well as backing local artists.

“The group considered the nature and shape of the space, with most of the focus on the front half of the wall that is highly visible from the street.

“The collaboration involves each artist focusing on their specialty.

“I’d like to thank the artists and also Creative Corner for their role in facilitating this piece of art,” he said.

Indigenous icons are positioned lower down so that they are ‘grounded’ and not represented in the sky, and the mural especially focuses on the symbolism of Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos.

Ian Mutch has drawn on his expertise in painting photo-realistic birds to add a second Cockatoo to the first one that appeared on the wall in early July.

Mr Mutch said he often paints birds, which were suited to outdoor murals.

“They are uplifting and provide much energy to an artwork, especially in a public outdoor space.

“Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoos are native to the South-West and provide a sense of place, belonging and cultural significance,” he said.

Award-winning Wadandi artist, Sandra Hill, describes the icons in her design featuring a strong red line on the corner of the building that runs from top to bottom.

“This line symbolises the blood line of family all the way back to the creation story of the Margaret River (place of Wooditch).

"This red blood line runs through our country.  The creation of Wooditjup (Margaret River) is an ancient story that has been told by our people long before colonisation and the River is a fully registered and very important Aboriginal site.

“The central brown circle depicts home country, Wadandi Boodjarra (Wadandi home country). 

“The patterns in the middle circle are our traditional markings on our shields. 

“The red circle symbolises old, ancient blood. 

“The black line circle symbolises our community.

“The ochre dots on the outside symbolise our family clan groups,” she said.

WA-based artist, Jack Bromell who has painted a number of local murals illustrated Marri branches with leaves and flowers to complement the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos and the Indigenous symbology from Sandra. 

“The Marri tree (Corymbia calophylla) is a species native to the South West, whose name derives from the local Noongar language. 

“Red-Tails can frequently be found perched amongst Marri branches feeding on nuts and flowers, which are an important food source for native bird species.

“Painting Marri in the mural highlights a sense of place through connection with native wildlife and ancient culture,” he said.

The Shire is exploring options at an alternative location on the Main Street for an additional smaller mural.

From left, arists Ian Mutch, Sandra Hill and Jack Bromell working on their collaborative mural "Wadandi Boodjarra"
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Community, volunteer and not-for-profit organisations have the chance to give their projects a boost with the Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s new community grants program now open. Funding is available to deliver projects and events in the Shire that foster community resilience, connection and wellbeing.

New grants include:

  • Community Development and Events Grants ($2,000-$15,000)
    Closes 4pm, 10 September 2020
  • Easy Grants (up to $2,000)
    Open all year or until funds are expended.

Shire Director Corporate and Community Services, James Shepherd said the Shire had revised its community focused grants, widening the scope of eligible projects and streamlining the application process.

“The expanded grants program means that the Shire will be able to provide more support to groups in our community, particularly as many have been adversely impacted by COVID -19,” he said.

“Community Development and Events Grants are aimed at supporting projects or events that strengthen community wellbeing, promote participation and encourage volunteering. Funding priorities include initiatives supporting access and inclusion, youth leadership and engagement as well as celebrating diversity and lifelong learning in the community. These grants are for amounts of $2,000 - $15,000.

“The new Easy Grants for amounts up to $2,000 will be open all year round and allow us to be more agile in funding worthwhile projects as they come up.

“Applications can be submitted via a quick and easy process for eligible local groups to purchase minor equipment, training for volunteers or for small community activations and events.

“We encourage anyone interested in applying for a grant to contact us to discuss their ideas prior to submitting an application.

“A grants information session will be held on 11 August, from 3.30pm – 4.30pm at the Shire offices,” he said.

For further information or to discuss your proposal get in touch with the Community Development Team on (08) 9780 5255 or communitydevelopment@amrshire.wa.gov.au

Grant information and application forms can be accessed via the Shire’s website www.amrshire.wa.gov.au

Grants Information Session
Join an information session about these grants and tips for applying, followed by ConnectGroups funding opportunities.
Date: Tuesday 11 August 2020
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm 
Venue: Shire of Augusta Margaret River
            Mainbreak Meeting Room, 41 Wallcliffe Road Margaret River. 
 Click here to register

 

Councillors welcomed today’s State Government announcement of an additional $3.08m to fund the third and final stage of Margaret River’s Main Street Makeover.

With Stage Two works tracking well, news of the additional funds will enable the Shire of Augusta Margaret River to keep contractors on site and complete the section from Willmott Avenue up to the new Wallcliffe Road Roundabout.

To date, over 90% of project funds have been spent on local trades in the South West region, with 50% within the Shire.

Acting Shire President Pauline McLeod said she was thrilled with the announcement.

“Now that the two new roundabouts are complete, we can really start to visualise how our new Main Street will look,” she said.

“Whilst the works have caused disruption for our community, the critical upgrades to storm water infrastructure, safer intersections, pedestrian friendly street and new festival precinct will be well worth it.

“Continuing the works will also support ongoing employment for the many local subcontractors working on the job, which in turn supports their families and the local economy.

“I’d like to thank the State Government, including the South West Development Commission for supporting this project.”

The Shire will hold an information session for local businesses in the Main Street around the Stage Three timing. Further details will be available at www.mainstreetmakeover.com.au next week.

Stage Two of the Margaret River Makeover is progressing well with kerbing and formwork for new footpaths due for construction from the Tunbridge Street intersection heading up hill.

In preparation, contractors will be removing trees that are in poor health or causing extensive damage to the kerbing, identified by an independent arborist as part of the project design.

The majority of established trees will remain a prominent feature of the revamped street, with additional trees planted during final landscaping works.

Once the project is complete, the total number of trees will increase from 78 to 92 along this stretch of town.

Shire Chief Executive Officer, Stephanie Addison Brown said greening up the town centre was a central part of the Main Street Makeover.

“The iconic trees along our Main Street are one of the most loved features of our town centre providing shade, natural beauty and habitat for bird life,” she said.

“Final landscaping plans include a range of native plants to go in along the new median strips and surrounding garden beds.

“Established trees in 500L and 200L pot sizes will be planted when the final landscaping goes in.

“The new Festival Precinct on Fearn Av will have 12 new trees planted, providing lovely shade for the new seating areas,” she said.

Download the full landscaping plans here.

For more information about this project visit www.mainstreetmakeover.com.au
 

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