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Budding filmmakers and actors living within the Shire of Augusta Margaret River are invited to enter a short film competition for a chance to win an iPad Mini 4.

The competition is open to young people of all abilities and skill levels aged 12 to 25 and requires the submission of a 3-4 minute film exploring the Augusta Margaret River region.

Shire Community Development Trainee Shannon Walker said entrants should explore what they love about the area and what they would like to see for youth in the future in the most creative and cinematic ways possible.

“We want you to show us some of your favourite parts of the region and let us know what you think is needed for young people,” she said.

“We want to see creativity, innovation and ideas, and most importantly, we want young people to have their say on this region's future."

Videos should be uploaded to YourSay by 3 May 2021 before the community gets the chance to view and vote on submissions.

All videos will be displayed in the Zone Room during the Healthy Habitz event, which runs 3-7 May, and the short film with the highest vote will win the iPad Mini.

Ms Walker said the video competition formed part of the consultation process for the review of the Strengthening Youth Plan 2018-2022 and was a fun way for young people to give input and ideas.

“The content you create in your videos will influence the development of the Shire’s new youth plan,” Ms Walker said.

“So get out there, get creative and have your say in the planning for this region’s future.”

For more information contact Community Development Trainee, Shannon Walker on 08 9780 5214 or email [email protected]

Picture: Shire Community Development Trainee Shannon Walker films on her iPhone.
High-resolution images available to download here.

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has completed major upgrades to Rosa Glen Road, improving safety and access to the popular tourist, school bus and heavy vehicle network ahead of winter.

Works began in December after a community consultation period and the appropriate clearing and heritage permits were obtained, and focussed on a 2.6km stretch from 8.9 SLK to 11.5 SLK.

Shire of Augusta Margaret River Coordinator Works Neale Pike said the new upgrades had improved commercial access to vineyards, dairies and other farming activities as well as tourism access to wineries and restaurants in the area.

“The works involved widening the 3.5m road to 6.5m, installing gravel shoulders and removing roadside hazard trees, limbs and redundant old drainage pipes,” he said.

“These important upgrades will improve safety and access, not only for locals who live and work along the road, but for everyone who uses it on a regular basis.”

Mr Pike thanked local farmer Richard Noakes, who supported the upgrades by allowing the Shire to store road construction materials and vehicles, and provided a suitable location on his property for redundant spoil removed from the new drains.

Mr Noakes said it was great to see improvements along this well-trafficked rural road.

“I think the Shire’s done an awesome job and it’s a great thing for the district, to see work being done on rural roads like this one,” he said.

The road was built 80-odd years ago and has experienced a gradual increase in traffic and the thickening of verge vegetation over the years.

The works, which also involved the strengthening of the road’s subgrade and subbase where an existing spring popped up directly beneath the road, were completed in January.

The drainage upgrades were done by in-house drainage crews and included headwalls, double pipe sets, subsoil pipe and open table drains.

Picture: Shire CEO Stephanie Addison Brown and Coordinator Works Neale Pike.

See the full gallery of pictures, including before, during and after images, here.
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Ocean-users are urged to stay safe in the water as Surf Lifesavers prepare to finish their seasonal patrols at the Rivermouth Beach in Prevelly this weekend.

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River contracts Surf Life Saving Australia to conduct patrols in the area throughout summer due to the region’s high number of seasonal visitors.

These are set to end 5pm Sunday 18 April 2021.

Shire Manager Sport and Community Recreation Dylan Brown said no lifeguards would be on duty and beachgoers should take care and exercise caution when entering the water.

“The ocean can be unpredictable, especially in winter, so it’s important you read any safety signs – including the beach identification details – before going for a swim, surf or dive,” he said.

“Enter the water with other people when possible and if you find yourself in trouble, do your best to stay calm and attract attention.”

Patrols at the Rivermouth Beach will resume next summer from Friday 17 December 2021.

For emergencies, call 000

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Picture: Lifeguard patrols at the Rivermouth beach end on Sunday.
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The formal consultation process for the future of Fearn Avenue, Margaret River is underway and community members are being encouraged to have their say via a short online survey.
Fearn Avenue was previously a two-way road that intersected the main street of Margaret River, but it was turned into a one-way 10km per hour road through a pedestrianised precinct as part of a major townsite upgrade.
The transition to the one-way thoroughfare was supported in an extensive consultation process prior to the project commencing, but the Shire of Augusta Margaret River is aware that community sentiment may have shifted since the completion of works.
Shire CEO Stephanie Addison-Brown said the survey that opened today would assist in determining the final view of the matter.
“We don’t want to pre-empt the outcome of a full and thorough consultation process but we are aware of the sentiment being expressed by social media users,” she said.
“We now need to provide the wider community, outside of our social audiences, the opportunity to comment via a formal consultation process.
“Please tell us your thoughts about traffic access on Fearn Avenue, and share with us your visions for the precinct into the future.
“The ownership the community has shown over their own townsite is fantastic and we would love for that engagement and interest to continue.”
The survey is open to everyone who wishes to participate until 4pm Friday 23 April 2021 at

The deadline for funding applications across a range of Shire of Augusta Margaret River grant programs is fast approaching, with applications in areas like community development, events, environment and more due 20 April.

The funding forms part of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River's $1.1 million grant package announced last month.

Shire Corporate and Community Director James Shepherd said a wide variety of projects and initiatives were set to benefit from the funding package, which had expanded substantially in 2021/22.

“This financial year, we've increased the total budget allocation for external funding by $127,000," he said.

"This allows us to support more organisations, groups and events in making our community an even better place to live, work and play."

Applications for the following funding programs close at 2pm, Tuesday 20 April 2021:

  • Community Development and Events Grants, which support projects and events that foster community resilience, connectivity and wellbeing;
  • Major Events Grants, which support events of Statewide or national significance that help attract visitors, generate economic activity, engage the community and promote the region;
  • Environmental Management Fund Grants, which support projects that contribute to local environmental and sustainability outcomes, particularly in the areas of biodiversity protection, waterway health, coastal management and protection, sustainability and environmental education; and
  • Community Organisation Operating Grants, which support incorporated community-based not-for-profits with their operation and administration costs.

Mr Shepherd said multi-year funding options were available in several of these categories.

Find out more about the grants or apply here. Join the Shire's database and receive direct communications regarding grants here. Please direct media inquiries to [email protected]

Bunuru Festival, hosted by Undalup Association, received support from the Community Development and Events Grants ($2,000 - $15,000) 2020-21. Picture: Undalup Association / Tazmado Photography.

More high-resolution images here.

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