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The Shire of Augusta Margaret River Councilors have voted to implement minor parking restrictions in some specific parking bays on the Margaret River Main Street. These restrictions have been designed to ease particular issues relating to deliveries, taxis and customer access to the Main Street pharmacies. 

A survey undertaken by the Shire earlier in the year revealed community resistance to the implementation of timed parking in the town centre. Many respondents felt that it didn’t reflect the ‘laidback vibe’ of the town. However, there was general agreement that in some instances parking restrictions are useful to ease specific challenges.  

Restrictions supported include:

  • 30min timed parking restriction (1 bay) fronting both chemists (next to ACROD bays) from 6.30am – 6.30pm and the 2 bays fronting the newsagent with an additional restriction of 3 hours from 6.30pm -6.30am.

In addition, Council supported testing of the following restrictions for a period of six months:

  • A 24-hour taxi rank fronting Sidekick Café and Margaret River Artisan Store;
  • A peak area taxi zone (Fri & Sat nights 10pm – 2am) fronting Teddi’s Big Spoon – Toastface Grillah; and

A longer testing period was agreed to support Post Office deliveries:

  • Testing of one bay as a mail zone (reserved for mail vehicles only) for a period of 12 months opposite the Post Office on Town View Terrace.

Director Sustainable Development and Infrastructure Services Nick Logan believes that the minor parking restrictions will enable people the better access critical services.

“Our goal is always to support our local community. Following community consultation, the decision to restrict parking times has been limited to meet our community’s need for ease of access to particular facilities. This decision wasn’t taken lightly, but after much consideration and community liaison, feedback showed a limited appetite for wider restrictions. Currently this balanced approach is the best way to help Main Street businesses and customers,” he explained.

Parking restrictions are set to be in place by the beginning of November.

For further information please contact Susan Elton, Project Planning Officer – Asset Services on 08 9757 2512.

Local young people are being given the opportunity to take part in a range of workshops in digital marketing, microenterprise development, mountain bike trail building and music these school holidays.

Offered as part of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s RISE (Resilient Innovative Skilled Employed) Program, the workshops aim to develop skills and encourage passions.

The session schedule is:
Digital Marketing
Join social media guru Lily Yeang as she discusses everything digital with two of the region’s top industry experts. After the Industry Panel, take part in a digital marketing workshop covering getting started, brand and audience, and content production.
Friday 1 October
9am-11am, Q and A
12pm-3pm, Workshop
Zone Room, Margaret River Youth Precinct.
Suits ages 13-25 years of age

Microenterprise Development Workshop
This workshop for budding entrepreneurs will show how niche businesses that operate on a small scale can be a way to generate income around your interests and hobbies.
Tuesday 5 October
9am-3pm
Zone Room, Margaret River Youth Precinct.
Suits ages 13-25 years of age

Mountain Bike Trail Building Workshop
Led by Magic Dirt Trailworx, this is an opportunity to learn how mountain bike trails are designed and constructed. Participants will have a go at designing a rhythm section in the Pines and then give it a go with their own bikes.
Wednesday 6 October
10am-3.30pm
Zone Room, Margaret River Youth Precinct, followed by a session in the Pines.
Suits ages 13-18 years of age

Community Development Officer Katie Taylor said the RISE program has ramped up this school holidays providing choices for young people looking for something to do.

“It’s really positive to work with local people who are passionate about what they do, to create new opportunities for young people to explore their passions and develop new skills,” she said.

“These workshops are fun, free, and could open up some new opportunities too.”

To find out more about upcoming RISE workshops and events, visit amrshire.wa.gov.au/RISE.

To book a place contact the Shire’s Community Development team by phone 08 9780 5255 or email [email protected].

Places are limited so get in quick.

Additional school holiday programming:

The RISE program is also working together with Strings Attached Festival who are offering free workshops for young people aged under 25 years from 9-10 October 2021, including instrument making, metal 101, rig rundown, recording, starting a band and more.

To find more and to book a place in the Strings Attached youth program visit stringsattachedfestival.com.au/youth-program

RISE is proudly supported by Lotterywest through their COVID relief fund.

Young people can follow their passions and learn new new skills in digital marketing, microenterprise development and mountain bike trail building these school holidays, as part of the Shire's RISE program. High resolution images available here and here

Eighteen community clubs, groups, and organisations and have been awarded nearly $70,000 in first round Community Development and Events Grants to support programs and initiatives in 2021-22.
The grants are offered under the Shire’s Community, Economic, Environmental and Events Funding Framework 2021-22 which aims to support an active, diverse, vibrant and sustainable community. Recipients between the two categories are:

Easy Grants (Under $2,000.00)   

1. Augusta FM Radio Inc (2 Oceans FM) - Website redesign - $1,312.40

2.Intercultural Action Group - IncIntercultural Cooking Classes - $2,000.00

3. Margaret River Concert Band - Community Concert - $2,000.00

4. Death and Dying Matters Margaret River - Purchase of a cool plate - $1,000.00

5. Community Home Care - Volunteer First Aid Training - $2,000.00

6. Quilters of LeeuwinExhibition Venue Hire -$600.00

7. Margaret River Community Garden - Purchase of equipment - $927.95

8. Scripture Union - Festival - $1,860.00

9. Margaret River BMX - BMX Workshop - $2,000.00

10. Margaret River Coastal Residents Assoc - Teardrop Banners - $1,000.00


Community Development and Events Grants ($2,000-$12,000) 

1. Undalup Association - Bunuru Festival - $12,000.00

2. Surfing WA - Wadandi Surf Academy - $5,967.50

3. Annette Carmichael Projects (Auspice Arts Margaret River) - Distributed 15 Project, Community Workshops - $12,000.00

4. Nature ConservationWooditjup Bilya event - $5,940.00

5. Margaret River and Districts Historical Society - Group Settlement Project - $12,000.00

6. Augusta Margaret River Community Alliance - Planning Workshop - $2,000.00

7. The Tribute Tree Action Group (Auspice Undalup Assoc)- Nature Tributes Exhibition -$3,584.00

8. Swimming Mermaids Inc - Gnarabup Ocean Swim event - $1,600.00

Shire Corporate and Community Services Director James Shepherd congratulated the recipients and said he looked forward to seeing the grants being put towards their allocated causes.
“Each of our recipients play an important role in our community by supporting and fostering resilience and wellbeing,” he said.
“There are always a lot of hours put in by the volunteers in these groups in providing services and opportunities to other community members.
“It’s a pleasure to be able to offer grants for a diverse range of local initiatives and support services”
Community Development and Events Grants and Easy Grants and now open for round two funding.
More information and applications forms are available at www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/council/financial-assistance
Community Development and Events Grants applications close 3pm on Friday 22 October 2021.
Easy Grants will remain open until all funds have been allocated.

The partnership between the Shire of Augusta Augusta Margaret River and Mindful Margaret River was last week recognised with an innovation award from the Local Government Professionals Association.

Presented as part of the Association’s Community Development Awards in Perth, the accolade acknowledged the collaborative efforts needed to address mental health in the region.

Mindful Margaret River’s founding chair Stuart Hicks said he was please the efforts of the partnership were being recognised.

“It was clear from the get-go that the success of mental health initiatives would depend on the ability to construct a robust alliances between community volunteers, mental health practitioners and government agencies and other bodies,” he said.

“There was no ready-made example for us to copy.

“We had to develop plans and resources, to create a flexible structure for collaboration on mental health issues at a local level.”

Throughout, the Shire has put in the hard yards with us.”

Mr Hicks said the trust and judgement of Shire officers provided the support for the innovative model.

“The challenge for the Shire was to empower our fledgling group while never intervening in it.

“They have walked that tightrope with skill and we have worked together as a willing team.”

Current Mindful Margaret River Chair Martin Ringer said the award was well-received with the Shire has proactively seeking to collaborate with Mindful Margaret River.

“The support that they offer is essential to the success of our organisation.” 

Shire Corporate and Community Service Director James Shepherd congratulated all involved, noting while much work has been done, much more was needed.

“Mental wellbeing continues to be a matter that requires ongoing attention in our region” he said.

“We are forging much stronger ties with service providers and stakeholders and now want to focus efforts on creating a frontline difference to our community.”

Community Development Officers Jason Cleary and Kim Rosenfeld received the award on behalf of all involved.

For mor information on Mindful Margaret River visit www.mindfulmargaretriver.org.au and follow the Mindful Margaret River Facebook page at  www.facebook.com/mindfulmargaretriver

On 13 September 2021, the Shire of Augusta Margaret River will open applications for a range of grants programs for events and initiatives taking place in the 2021-22 Financial Year.

The grants aim to recognise and support the vital contribution of community and business to the social, environmental, cultural and economic fabric of the community.

This will be the inaugural launch of the Sustainable Economy Grants (up to $10,000) to support outcomes from the recently endorsed Sustainable Economy Strategy.

Programs offering second rounds include:

  • Community Development and Events Grants ($2,000-$12,000)
  • Easy Grants (under $2,000)
  • Major Events Grants (up to $25,000)

Several grant information sessions will be held for the following funding categories:

Sustainable Economy Grants
Thursday 16 September
12pm-1pm, Augusta Community Resource Centre
4.30pm-5.30pm, Margaret River Shire Offices
RSVP to [email protected]

Community Development and Events Grants
Thursday 23 September
10am-11-.30am, Augusta Council Chambers
2pm - 3.30pm, Margaret River Shire Offices
RSVP to krosenfeld[email protected]

Shire Corporate and Community Service Director James Shepherd said each funding category came with its own set of criteria to ensure a diverse range of outcomes could be achieved for the community.  

“The Shire provides up to 5% of the annual rates income for a range of programs and events delivered by community organisations, businesses and individuals,” he said.

“These offerings help make the Augusta Margaret River region a vibrant and sustainable place to live, work and play.”

Anyone wishing to receive email notification of the grant funds opening can subscribe at www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/utilities/subscribe-for-email-updates (tick ‘Grant Funds’).

Once opened, application forms will be made available at https://www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/council/financial-assistance

For more information phone 97805255 or email [email protected]

Grant funding applications will need to be received by the Shire by 3pm Friday 22 October 2021.

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