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The Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) invites young people to groove and skate until sunset at its Drug Aware MR SAMM 2020 event, to be held at the Margaret River Skatepark this month.

The event will kick off at 3pm on Saturday 21 November and will run until 7.30pm. An impressive line-up of live music will entertain young people from 3pm until 6pm, including headline act Ghost Care, support band In Between Spleens, local youth bands and a silent disco. There will be plenty of good music to take in while hitting the skate ramps or checking out the other activities.

The Soggy Bones Skate Jam will run from 6pm until 7:30pm and local art workshops, chill out space and mindfulness activities will be running all afternoon and into the evening, with food from Deli Collective and a sausage sizzle.

Community Development Trainee Hope Sortras said the event was put together by young people, for young people and makes the most of the popular Margaret River Youth Precinct.

“MR SAMM 2020 is coming off the back of last year’s hugely successful event and we’re sure this event is just going to get even bigger and better,” she said.

“We have an awesome line-up of music this year and the chance to show off some of your skating tricks and skills at the Margaret River Skatepark”.

“Come along and get involved in whatever way you like. Whether you want to enjoy having a skate to some tunes or if you’d rather check it out from the sidelines, there’s something for everyone.”

MR SAMM 2020 is a drug and alcohol-free event for all ages and interests, organised by young people in the community. The event is proudly supported by the Augusta Margaret River Local Drug Action Group, the Shire of Augusta Margaret River and the Margaret River Youth Advisory Council (YAC).

The accessible and inclusive event will be held at the Margaret River Youth Precinct, 31 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River.

For further enquiries about the event including if you have accessibility requirements, please contact, call Community Development Trainee Hope Sortras on 08 9780 5214 or visit

Image: The Drug Aware MR SAMM 2020 event will be held at the Margaret River Youth Precinct this month. Image credit: Elements Margaret River. High resolution image available here.

The Cocoon Gallery at Margaret River Library is now exhibiting the latest works of emerging artist Brooke McQueen.

McQueen’s exhibition, Animals in Aqua, will be on display from 2 November to 23 December and showcases the artist’s body of work and creative journey.

Working mostly independently, McQueen’s art predominantly centres on photorealist paintings, which often begin with the artist trawling the internet for images to spark her creativity.

Once the images have been printed, she hand-draws them on canvas and paints them with acrylic paints.

McQueen aspires to continue growing as an artist and draws inspiration from her experiences.

“This is my life,” she said. “I like to paint animals and people."

As an artist, McQueen is on a perpetual and empowering learning journey and is always developing new skills through art-instructed sessions. She has her own studio space and is always working on new pieces.

McQueen has a strong connection to her art and enjoys the creative process as well as the rewards that come with it.

“Painting with my brushes makes me feel calm,” she said.

Animals in Aqua is on display from now to 23 December.

The Cocoon Gallery is the library’s exhibition space and is used to showcase emerging artists during library opening hours. Exhibitions rotate approximately every two months. Margaret River Library is an easily accessible venue. 

To organise an interview, please contact Gaye McQueen on 0416 248 169 or via email on

Image: Brooke McQueen will exhibit her work at Cocoon Gallery this month and next.
High-resolution image available for download here.

The Restricted Burning Period in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River has been brought forward by three days and will now apply from 12.01am, Friday 6 November 2020.
This means a Permit to Burn will be required prior to anyone burning more than one (1) cubic metre of garden refuse (smaller garden piles may only be burnt after 6pm and extinguished before 11pm, otherwise a permit is required.)
Chief Bush Fire Control Officer, David Holland said the decision was made based on the dryer than usual conditions being observed for this time of the year.
“Whilst we had some rain over the weekend, it wasn’t enough to significantly change our soil dryness levels, which are above average for this time of year,” he said.
“The Soil Dryness Index is currently sitting at 590, compared with the average of 400 recorded this same period historically.
“The range of measurement for our Shire starts at zero during winter and rises to an average maximum of 1650 during February. 
“This makes it prudent for us to bring the Restricted Burning Period forward, ” he said.
“You can apply for a Permit to Burn by contacting your local Fire Control Officer.
“Their contact details are in the Firebreak Notice that was posted out to all households last months and are also available on the Shire’s website.
“Please continue to observe these fire restrictions as we enter the bushfire season,” said Mr Holland.
For more information about fire requirements during the prohibited Restricted Burning Period please refer to the Firebreak Notice and Bushfire Information 2020-2021 at

WA Seniors Week 2020, which runs from Sunday 8 November to Monday 16 November, is fast approaching with a number of events and activities set to take place in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

WA Seniors Week 2020 is a special time of celebration for Western Australian seniors with events and activities being held across the state to acknowledge seniors and show appreciation for their valued contribution to society.

Local events include the Young @ HEART program, held for over 60s every Monday from 10am to 12pm at the Margaret River HEART. During Seniors Week, Young @ HEART on Monday 9 November will feature talented local musicians Scott Wise (vocals and guitar) and Gary Burke (vocals and bass). All over 60’s visitors are welcome to stop by and enjoy some entertaining tunes while also checking out the latest art exhibition by students from Margaret River Senior High School.

Music lovers are also invited to experience jazz in the Margaret River Library on Thursday 19 November from 6pm to 7.30pm with music to accompany stories from Tales from a Wine-Stained Band Table. The book by Genelle Jones, a writer, music-lover and adventurer from Baldivis, contains a series of 16 short stories which will be accompanied by music from Robbie Jones as part of this special event. The duo will bring to life Genelle’s first collection of tales about musicians on and off less than glamorous stages. Those who wish to attend can book by calling 08 9780 5600 or by email to

The Margaret River Recreation Centre will be running its current seniors sessions including Supermovers, Strength for Life and Aqua as well as holding a special 30 minute talk on preventing falls and the importance of balance training, which will be held on Friday 13 November at 12.30pm. Bookings for the session can be made by calling the Margaret River Recreation Centre on 08 9780 5620 or by email to

Community Development Officer Kim Rosenfeld acknowledged the importance of WA Seniors Week in recognising the contribution seniors make to the community.

“WA Seniors Week is a great chance to show our appreciation for seniors,” she said. “Seniors contribute a huge amount to the vibrancy, diversity and success of our community and are highly active in so many aspects of our day to day life whether it’s volunteering, helping with grandkids, taking part in local community groups and clubs and so much more.”

“I encourage local seniors who may like to try something new to use WA Seniors Week as a good excuse to come along to one of the fantastic local events happening at the Margaret River HEART, the Margaret River Library or the Recreation Centre.”

To find out more about upcoming events and activities at Margaret River HEART visit, for information on sessions for seniors at the Margaret River Recreation Centre visit or to see more about what’s on at the Margaret River library visit

Image: Over 60’s can enjoy music and and an art exhibition by local school students as part of Young @ HEART during WA Seniors Week. High resolution image available here

As part of the Local-Is-More initiative, the community are encouraged to choose, think and support local first as part of Live Local Month this November.

Live Local Month encourages people to consider how they can support local businesses in our community and the huge difference that can be made by small changes at an individual level.

Live Local Month encourages the community to support local talent by coming along to an impressive array of community events happening throughout November featuring local musicians, artists, produce and more. Events include open gardens, the Witchcliffe Vintage Fair, local markets, bush tucker workshop, the garage sale trail, MR SAMM skate and music event at the Youth Precinct, the Festival of Forgotten Skills and so much more.

With local businesses and their special offers being featured on the Local-Is-More website and social media, shopping locally this November means locals can not only find a great deal but can also support the businesses who support the community in return. Keeping money circulating locally helps build livelihoods for community members, right when it's needed the most.

To add to the fun, Live Local Month includes a ‘Show us Your Sticker’ competition, with the chance to win a local prize each week in November. To enter, locals simply need to follow the Local-Is-More Instagram page, snap a picture of themselves with their Local-Is-More sticker and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #localismore.

Shire of Augusta Margaret River Sustainable Economy Officer Saul Cresswell said Live Local Month was a great way for people to challenge themselves to buy local for a month, in what has been a challenging year for so many. “We’re getting close to the end of year, and it has been a tough one for the community and our many small businesses,” he said. “If we finish the year on a high by buying locally, even if just for one month, the flow-on effect for the community and environment would be huge.” 

The Local-Is-More initiative is a combined effort between the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, the Margaret River Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MRCCI), Transition Margaret River, Augusta Chamber of Commerce, Margaret River Regional Producers Association and Cowaramup Business Association.

To find out more about Live Local Month events, offers, small business features and more head to or follow  Local-Is-More on Facebook and Instagram  

Image: Traders from Margaret River Town Square getting behind Live Local Month. High resolution image available here

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