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The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has announced the second round of the Community Organisation Operating Grant.

This second grant round will be for environmental projects only and is designed to provide a financial contribution towards the operation and administration costs of organisations that provide long term, strategic services within the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

Nick Logan, Director Sustainable Development and Infrastructure at the Shire of Augusta Margaret River believes that the grants are a vital part of the Shire’s commitment to valuing, protecting and enhancing the natural environment.

“The Shire is dedicated to protecting the unique natural biodiversity of our region. We know our community is passionate about the environment and we want these grants to support organisations that will help protect our healthy rivers and coastal habitats,” he said.

Grants will be considered for registered businesses and incorporated, not-for-profit organisations within the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

A total funding pool of $38,500 is available for this second funding round.

Applicants can apply for a maximum of 25% of the organisations annual operating budget per annum. A maximum of $24,750 (inc GST) will be considered per organisation for the remainder of the 2021 Financial Year with a maximum of $49,500 (inc GST) in future years.

The deadline for the second round of the Community Organisation Operating Grant is 2pm Friday 30 November 2021. Applications must be submitted by completing a 2021-22 Community Organisation Operating Grant Round 2 Application Form.

Electronic forms and details of the grant criteria are available on the Shire’s website. No late applications will be accepted.

Applicants must contact the Shire to discuss their application before submitting. For assistance contact John McKinney, Shire of Augusta Margaret River Environment/Landcare Coordinator on 08 9780 5252 / [email protected]

Successful local government election candidates Tracey Muir, Julia Meldrum, David Binks, and Ian Earl were yesterday sworn in as councillors. 

They join mid-term elected members Brian Daniel, Kylie Kennaugh and Paula Cristoffanini to form the full Council for the Shire of Augusta Margaret River for the next two years. 

At the first Special Meeting, the new Council voted in their new leadership with Cr Cristoffanini elected as the new Shire President and Cr Meldrum voted in as Deputy Shire President. 

Shire of Augusta Margaret River CEO Stephanie Addison-Brown congratulated the new members.

“I look forward to working with the new Council to deliver outcomes for the whole community” she said.

“Thank you to Zac Webb from the Undalup Association for his Welcome to Country at the meeting - it was an honour and a privilege to have the new Council welcomed by a local traditional owner and custodian.”

“Thank you also to departing Councillors Naomi Godden and Pauline McLeod for their service to the Shire over the past 4 years.”

Local community groups interested in running the annual Australia Day breakfast, or an iteration of the event, are invited to come forward to hold the Margaret River event in 2022.

The traditional Australia Day Breakfast that has been successfully run by the Margaret River Lions Club for the past twelve years has come to an end and Club President Nigel Vangucci says it’s time for another local group to step up to the plate.

“The Australia Day Brekky has been a great chance to connect with the community and acknowledge our shared history,” he said. “Now it’s time for us to make way for a new group to have a go.”

The Shire’s Director of Corporate and Community Services, James Shepherd, expressed his gratitude to the Margaret River Lions for their commitment to the event and said with the change comes an opportunity.

“While the Australia Day Barbecue has traditionally been run on the same day as the Australian Citizenship Ceremony, we acknowledge that the way in which people recognise Australia Day is shifting,” he said. “While the incoming organisers of the Margaret River event may choose to keep with tradition, we would also be supportive of a new approach.”

The Shire currently provide a contribution of $1,000 toward Australia Day events in Cowaramup and Augusta and this amount will also be available to the organiser of the Margaret River event in 2022.  In future years event organisers may also wish to apply to the Community Events grant round for additional funds.

Community group interested in running the Margaret River event will need to supply their own barbecues and equipment. Funding from the Shire can be used towards the cost of food and supplies and the group will get to retain earnings from food and drink sales on the day.

Community groups who would like the opportunity to develop an event that celebrates our shared history and cultures are encouraged to contact Coordinator of Community Planning and Development, Jason Cleary on 08 9780 5260 or email [email protected] by 5 November.

Local community groups interested in running the annual Australia Day breakfast in Margaret River are invited to come forward as the Margaret River Lions step back from the plate after an impressive 12 years. High resolution image available here

Seven candidates have contested the four vacant Council seats at today’s Shire of Augusta Margaret River Local Government election. The count is now complete and the results are:

  • MUIR, Tracey: 2,692 (18.81%) 
  • ALLAN, Helen: 1,394 (9.74%)           
  • MELDRUM, Julia: 2,542 (17.76%)
  • WHEELER, Carl: 1,517 (10.60%)
  • BINKS, David: 1,967 (13.74%)
  • EARL, Ian: 2,266 (15.83%)
  • MORONEY, Richard: 1,935 (13.52%)

Shire CEO Stephanie Addison-Brown congratulated those who made the top four and thanked all candidates for running.

“It’s always good to have a competitive election process to enable the community to have a choice of whom to elect to represent them,” she said.

“I look forward to working with the incoming Councillors for the next four years.”

The four newly elected Councillors will join continuing Councillors whose terms expire in October 2023.

  • Brian Daniel
  • Kylie Kennaugh
  • Paula Cristoffanini

A swearing-in ceremony will be held on Wednesday 20 October 2021, in Council Chambers, Margaret River commencing at 2pm.

This will be immediately followed by a Special Meeting at which the new Council will vote to elect its Shire President, Deputy

Shire President, and Council Committee representatives.

For more information about the Local Government Election visit

Margaret River has scooped a coveted spot in the global Green Destinations Top 100 Sustainable Destinations Awards.

Every year the competition collects sustainable tourism stories and good practices from destinations all over the world to be shared as inspiring examples to others, from tourism professionals to travellers.  

This year, Margaret River’s submission focused on the recent Climate Action Summit. The submission was titled “A View from the Summit.’

Judges were impressed by the strong community involvement and engagement with the Summit, as well as the commitment from the community and Shire to deliver on the actions identified at the event. Recognition in the Top 100 Sustainable Destination Awards demonstrates that the Climate Action Summit is seen as a world leading example of community engagement and action for climate.

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s Manager of Planning, Matt Cuthbert, is proud that the Shire has been recognised as a leader in environmental management.

“Our goal is to protect and enhance the unique natural environment and biodiversity of the region through positive climate action. The Climate Action Summit was an incredibly valuable event which demonstrated the commitment of the Shire and the community to working together to ensure our environment is protected, rehabilitated and celebrated,” he said.

The Award is a significant step towards Augusta Margaret River becoming certified as an ECO Destination. 

“Recognition as one of the Top 100 Destination Sustainability Stories demonstrates that our work on becoming an ecotourism destination is gaining traction. We’re committed to sustainable practices and providing high quality nature-based tourism experiences throughout the region. But it shows even more than that; it shows that our whole community is supporting environmental sustainability, and that’s what makes our region so special,” explains the Shire’s Sustainable Economy Officer, Saul Cresswell.

Sharna Kearney, Joint CEO and Group Manager for Marketing at the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association is also celebrating the accolade.

“This award sends a strong message about how much we care about our place. Visitors are increasingly aware of the need to tread softly when they travel, and respect for our environment is an increasingly important factor in travellers’ destination choices,” she said. 

Submissions for the award were evaluated by the Sustainable Top 100 Team, country experts and Green Destination Partners, coordinated by Green Destinations. The Top 100 Committee stresses that selection to the Top 100 list does not mean the destination is sustainable, but that the destination has been pre-selected based on a minimum level of compliance with the core criteria of the Green Destinations Standard and selected to the list based on the assessment of their Good Practice Story. 

The competition is held under the auspices of the Top 100 Partnership, with special contributions by: Green Destinations, QualityCoast, Travelife, ITB Berlin, Asian Ecotourism Network, Ecotourism Australia, Global Ecotourism Network, Sustainable First and GLP Films. 

The story “A View from the Summit” and the whole 2021 Top 100 list will be available on the Green Destinations website. 

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