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The Prohibited Burning Period for the Shire of Augusta Margaret River will come into effect from 23 Dec 2020 - 14 Mar 2021. 

No fires can be lit in the open air during this period. 

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Eight community groups have shared in almost $9000 in funding as part of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s final round of Easy Grants.

The funds were part of the 2020-21 Community Development and Events Grants, which offered grants up to $2000 for projects and events fostering community resilience, connection and wellbeing.
“This was our third and last round of Easy Grants for 2020 and we’re glad to once again be helping out a range of great initiatives,” Shire Manager Community Planning and Development Jason Cleary said.

The Easy Grants will support Yeah the Boyz indigenous basketball team ($2000), enable Margaret River Boardriders Club Inc to purchase five tablets and a priority board ($1000), contribute to Augusta Yacht Club’s new boat trailer for the support/rescue boat ($1000) and allow Margaret River Baptist Craft Group to purchase new chairs to support mobility issues ($604.98).
Events funded include the Rotary Club of Margaret River Inc’s Community Walk ($2000), Witchcliffe Progress Association Inc’s Witchcliffe 2020 Gathering ($250) and Augusta Chamber of Commerce’s Augusta Community Christmas Carols ($2000).
Priorities in funding allocations included the purchase of equipment up to $1000, professional development for volunteers, minor events or activations encouraging participation or connection, and neighbourhood projects or events.
For more information on the grants, visit or call Community Development Officer Kim Rosenfeld on 08 9780 5233.

Margaret River’s Main Street Makeover will be complete just in time for Christmas, with the full length of Bussell Highway opening again to vehicles on Wednesday 23 December.

To mark the occasion, the Shire of Augusta Margaret River is calling on main street businesses and the wider community to dress in Christmas kitsch and join construction crews for a fun community parade up the street before it opens to vehicles.

When: Wednesday 23 December at 2pm
Where: Meet at the new Festival Precinct on Fearn Avenue
Wear: Drape yourself in tinsel or wear your best Christmas kitsch!

Shire President Ian Earl said completion of the project before Christmas would be a boon for traders, visitors and the community alike.

“It’s just fantastic to see the street looking so good,” he said.

“Our contractors and their tradies have been working extremely hard to get the works done by Christmas, compressing the work schedule for this final stage from 17 weeks to 13 weeks.

“I encourage anyone who can make it down to the street on Wednesday to join in the fun and wave the works goodbye.

“It’ll be a great chance to get into the Christmas spirit and collectively welcome a different feel for our centre of town.”

The eleven-month work program has seen a total replacement of underground stormwater infrastructure the entire length of the street, two new roundabouts constructed at both ends of town to improve traffic flows, and several above ground improvements including a new Festival Precinct, cycle path, bike racks, street furniture, more trees and landscaping.

A large community street party is also being organised for the 29 January from 3-9pm.

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As Margaret River’s Main Street Makeover nears completion, a street party is being organised for the whole community to celebrate its brand-new street.
The Margs Street Party will run from roundabout to roundabout on the upgraded main street, from 3-9pm on Friday 29 January 2021.
The whole street will be closed off to vehicles, allowing everyone to enjoy a festive atmosphere with live music, street performances, local food and entertainment for all age groups.
Shire President Ian Earl said the free event was a chance for everyone to come together after a very testing year.
“We faced a string of challenges in 2020, one of which included major works in our town centre for an eleven-month period,” he said.
“We’re putting on a huge street party to bring the whole community together to celebrate on the new street.
“We want to thank those involved for constructing it, and most importantly thank local businesses and our community for their patience throughout the year as we delivered the project.
“This is our chance to come together after the busy summer holiday period and take a fun breather.”
Local events company Ahoy Management has been awarded a contract to run the event.
Shire Sustainable Economy Officer, Saul Cresswell said the contractors were highly experienced in their field and had a great track record of delivering dynamic, high-quality events.
“With a series of large-scale events under their belt, we’re confident Ahoy Management will deliver a fantastic street party for the community to come together,” he said.
“Over the past couple of weeks, they’ve been engaging with traders on the street to make sure the Margs Street Party helps support local businesses in town, giving them a boost before the school year starts.
“We’re keen to make this event as sustainable as possible.
“Local residents are encouraged to walk or cycle to town and try out the new bike racks on the street.
“The Shire will be working hard to make this a plastic free event.“
Businesses in the Margaret River town centre who want to be involved or receive important information about the party including road closures, parking, entertainment schedules and trader specific information can sign up here
For further information about the event please contact [email protected]
The Main Street Makeover is due for completion prior to Christmas 2020 and is funded by the State Government of Western Australia and the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. 


Over 140 volunteers representing volunteer organisations from across the Shire attended the 2020 Thank a Volunteer Day celebration at the Margaret River HEART on Thursday last week. Together with their friends and family, volunteers enjoyed a night of celebration at the end of a year like no other, with entertainment by local musician Banjo Lucia.

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River hosts the annual event as an opportunity to recognise and thank the volunteers who work across 230 active local volunteer organisations in the shire.

As part of the event, the winners of the annual Volunteer of the Year and Youth Volunteer of the Year awards were announced, with many well deserving volunteers in the running for the main award.

Lynda Donovan took out the Volunteer of the Year award for her ongoing dedication and commitment to the community through cancer support group River Angels, which she established over five years ago.

Certificates of appreciation were also awarded to Alastair Wilkie, Bruce Macaulay, Donna Livingstone, Genevieve Broadhurst, Janet Duffat, Jane Hilton, Janis White, Joanna McLarty, John James, Karen Majer, Lorraine Monahan, Lyn Serventy and Shirley Becker who were nominated for their countless hours in contributing to the success of various community organisations.

Natalie Iredale was presented the Youth Volunteer of the Year award for her involvement with St John Ambulance, Margaret River Underwater Hockey Club and Mermaid Laundry. Cody Seberry, Greta Bligh, Menaase McKenzie Roe and Tyrell McKenzie Roe were also recognised for their outstanding contributions with certifications of appreciation.

Shire President Ian Earl expressed his gratitude to volunteers, saying they were the backbone of the community. “Without volunteers, many of the projects, events, groups, facilities and services in our community would simply not exist,” he said.

“I am extremely humbled by the contributions of our volunteers and express my since thanks and admiration for making our community a vibrant, supportive and all-round amazing place to live.”

The Shire also expressed thanks to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, as well as local groups Artzability and Margaret River Camera Club and the local businesses who generously donated more than $5,000 worth of refreshments and gifts to give volunteers the night they deserved.  










Left: 2020 Volunteer of the Year award-winner Lynda Donovan with Shire President Ian Earl. 
Right: 2020 Youth Volunteer of the Year award-winner Natalie Iredale with Shire President Ian Earl. 

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