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Due to a forecast of strong winds, the Chief Bush Fire Control Officer for the Shire of Augusta Margaret River has invoked section 46 of the Bush Fires Act 1954 (as amended) for the whole of Thursday 30 May 2019.
This means that landowners are not permitted to light any new fire in the open air on Thursday.
Furthermore, no additional fuel can be added to an existing fire.
Landowners who have active fires are encouraged to monitor their fires continually to ensure that the burn boundaries remain secure.
Any escaped burns need to be reported immediately to 000.

A copy of the decision notice is available for viewing. 

As part of the Dementia Friendly Margaret River initiative, two free community information sessions will be held to empower residents with the knowledge on how best to support and involve people living with dementia.

Developed by Alzheimers WA and supported by the WA Country Health Service, Margaret River Rotary, Margaret River Lions and the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, the initiative, aims to support people living with Dementia to feel welcome and included within their community.

Alzheimer’s WA CEO Rhonda Parker said the objective from the start for the Dementia Friendly Communities project was to reduce the stigma surrounding dementia.

“The goal is to develop a community that enables and supports people living with dementia to remain active in the community rather than be confined within the four walls of their home,” Ms Parker said.

“Through the Dementia Friendly Communities project, participating community members and businesses are educated on the background of dementia, how to recognise symptoms, and how to communicate with a person living with dementia.”

The two community information sessions will be held on:

Session 1

Monday 13 May 2019

6.45pm - 8.15pm

Stay Margaret River

78 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River

Light supper provided

Session 2

Tuesday 14 May 2019

11.45am – 1.15pm

Margaret River Recreation Centre

51 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River

Morning tea provided

The informal sessions cover:

  • What is dementia
  • Potential early signs and symptoms
  • How to communicate and connect with a person living with dementia
  • How to build a community of support

There will also be an opportunity to talk with an Alzheimer’s WA expert and ask questions.

The sessions are free to attend however places are limited.

Please call 1300 66 77 88 to book or email


For more information about the Dementia Friendly Margaret River Initiative please contact the Community Development Team at the Shire on 9780 5255 or





The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has announced that a new 3 bin service will come into effect on the 1 July 2019.

It is anticipated that the 3-bin service will assist in diverting up to 75% of rubbish in the Shire from landfill, prolonging the life of the Davis Road Waste Management Facility and helping to improve the quality of life for current and future Shire residents.

The roll-out of the new bins commenced yesterday and will run until 28 June 2019. Residents are asked to leave their bins on the verge from 6am to 6pm on their collection day while the bins are being rolled out.

The 3 bin service, will see the current general waste bin transition into a food organics and garden organics (FOGO) bin, complete with a new lime green lid. Residents will also receive a new 140L red lidded general waste bin, while the current yellow lidded recycling bins will stay in place.

An overview of the 3 bin service is –

  • 240L lime green lid, food organics and garden organics (FOGO), weekly collection: For items such as kitchen scraps, meat, lawn clippings, small branches and garden debris, as well as a variety of other organic items can be placed in the FOGO bin.
  • 240L yellow lid bin, recycling, fortnightly collection: For recyclable material only, which includes cardboard, paper, plastic bottles and containers, glass and steel and aluminium cans.
  • 140L red lid, general waste bin, fortnightly collection: For materials that cannot be composted or recycled and its contents will be sent to landfill. These items include, nappies, sanitary products, toothpaste tubes and brushes, CDs, plastic wrap and plastic bags.

“Our community cares about the environment, our beautiful bush land, pristine beaches and sprawling farm land, which is why it’s important that we protect them from greenhouse emissions and polluting landfill,” Shire President Pam Townshend said.

“Looking after the environment for future generations is a key objective of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River and as such Council is excited to launch the 3-bin service and become The Best We’ve Ever Bin.

To learn more about the 3 bin service follow us on Facebook @thebestweveeverbin or visit

Fire agencies released planned autumn burn schedule

Fire agencies including Shire of Augusta Margaret River, Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, will shortly commence important planned autumn burning activities.
These planned burns are critical for reducing fuel loads surrounding town sites in order to reduce impact of wild fires on homes and other infrastructure should they occur.
Burns planned for the local government area in April and May (weather and risk conditions permitting) include:

Alexandra Bridge (Fire Station Reserve)

Augusta (Blackwood Ave/Osnaburg St)

Augusta (Caves Rd/Bussell Hwy

Cowaramup (Ellen Brook Rd)

Cowaramup (Miamup Rd/Webster Rd)

East Augusta (Pericles St)

Margaret River (Wallcliffe Rd/Kevill Rd)

Margaret River (Railway Tce/Bussell Hwy)  

Margaret River (Roxburgh Rd - Pony Club)  

Margaret River (Bussell Hwy/Maxwell St)

Margaret River (Kevill Rd West/Zani Pl)

Molloy Island (Dalton Way/Warrior Way)

Community Emergency Services Manager Chris Lloyd said temporary access restrictions around the sites, and the resultant smoke, may cause some inconvenience but the goal was to provide a safer community for the longer term.
“We are being very targeted in our selection of reserves that need fire risk mitigation this autumn,” he said.
“These locations have been selected for their close proximity to major assets including homes and infrastructure.
“It’s always a delicate balance to preserve environmental values and amenity with community safety.
“As always we aim to conduct low heat ground fuel mosaic burns to best provide for biodiversity conservation.”
The production of smoke can have impacts on some people’s health and this can be reduced by:

Removing yourself from the area (visit friends and family in other areas)

Stay indoors, with windows and doors closed, or stay in air-conditioned premises, if possible

Bring in washing

Plan not to drive during the burn, or if driving turn car air conditioning to recycle

Avoid vigorous exercise, especially if you have asthma or a lung condition.

Cover your nose and mouth with a mask designed to filter fine particles. Use a mask rated either P1 or P2. These are available from hardware stores. P2 masks are more effective in blocking the finest particles, however any mask has to be worn correctly over the nose and mouth to protect you.

Reduce speeds and follow traffic instructions

For more detailed planned burn information visit
For real time information visit and monitor

The new Chief Executive Officer for the Shire of Augusta Margaret River was today announced as Stephanie Addison-Brown.
Ms Addison-Brown will come to the Shire from the City of Bunbury where she has served as the Director of Corporate and Community Services for seven years and the Director Planning and Development for one year.
Her wealth of experience includes implementing ‘Smart Cities’ initiatives, running Bunbury Wildlife Park, and overseeing the Bunbury City Library, Withers Library, Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Bunbury Visitor Centre, and the South West Sports Centre.
She has steered major city projects, strategies and initiatives alongside her fellow colleagues on the Executive Leadership Team.
Ms Addison-Brown has expressed her delight at being identified as the preferred candidate from the 45 applications received.
“I am both excited and privileged to have been given this wonderful opportunity by Council, and am very much looking forward to joining the AMR team at the end of July,” she said.
“The Council has a clear vision and mission to create a sustainable future for its community by protecting the natural environment, strengthening communities, fostering local economic prosperity and responsibly managing the community’s infrastructure and assets, and it will be my role to work with Council, the Shire team, the community and a range of other stakeholders to deliver this.”
Shire of Augusta Margaret River President Pam Townshend said Council has absolute confidence Ms Addison-Brown has the right depth and breadth of experience to guide the administration into the future.
“We are very pleased so have secured a leader of Stephanie’s calibre,” she said.
“It is also wonderful to have found someone so close to the region who has such a deep understanding of our local community and environment.
“I congratulate Stephanie on her appointment and extend to her our warmest welcome to the Shire.”
Ms Addison-Brown has provided a biography of her work and life experiences for more information.
I originally grew up in a village in Devon in the UK where I spent much of my childhood riding horses and hiking out on Dartmoor National Park. This is where my love of the natural environment began, and I have continued my passion for the great outdoors ever since.
After finishing school, I completed a BA (Hons) Philosophy at the University of Reading, followed by post-graduate management studies with the UK’s Civil Service College. I subsequently spent the next few years living and working in London, Sydney and Christchurch (NZ), with plenty of international travel in between.
Before coming to Australia, I worked for Lonely Planet (the global, ethical travel guide publishers) where I was the UK office manager for a global office which managed publications for countries and regions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
After emigrating to Australia in 2004, I joined the team at the City of Mandurah and over the next seven years I worked on strategy, corporate performance, organisational culture, economic development, tourism and marketing.
In 2011, I moved to the City Bunbury to join the Executive Leadership Team where I am currently the Director Corporate and Community Services (although I spent a year as Director Planning and Development overseeing the lodgement of the City’s Local Planning Strategy and Local Planning Scheme 8 and ongoing work to establish the Preston River to Ocean Regional Park).
My current role includes a wide and varied range of portfolio areas from implementation of ‘Smart Cities’ initiatives to running the Bunbury Wildlife Park, plus most of the other things you might expect to find within a regional city portfolio (Bunbury City Library, Withers Library, Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Bunbury Visitor Centre, public art installations, sport and recreation including the South West Sports Centre and other sporting facilities, events, public relations, community development including youth, access, reconciliation, community engagement, customer service, corporate information, ICT, grants and so on). I also help steer major city projects, strategies and initiatives alongside my fellow colleagues on the Executive Leadership Team.
My son Ben is almost 15, and we have two horses at home (one was a rescue who is now very happy and healthy!). We currently live in Gelorup, but will be moving to the Shire later this year.
I am both excited and privileged to have been invited to join the team at AMR Shire, and look forward to working with everyone as we collectively drive a sustainable future for the community.

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