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Community members are invited to two project briefing walks along the Gracetown foreshore to learn more about the drafting of a Coastal Management Plan for the site, and to contribute local knowledge to the project.

The walks will be hosted by environmental consultant Drew McKenzie with support from Shire of Augusta Margaret River staff and are scheduled for Saturday 6 April 2019 as follows:

  • 1pm - meet at the Huzzas Carpark walking the South  Point track, Huzzas and Melaleuca Beach
  • 3pm - meet at the Northpoint Jetty walking to swimmers Beach and Cowaramup Brook

Shire Environment Officer Merryn Delaney said the Coastal Management Plan aims to develop recommendations on issues such as beach access, weed management, revegetation and recreational facilities along the foreshore reserves.

The foreshore areas encompassed in the Plan include Northpoint boat ramp through to Southpoint and Huzzas including Melaleuca Beach, Swimmers Beach and the lower portion of Cowaramup Brook.

“The development of this plan is an important step in protecting and restoring the diverse range of values of the Bay,” she said.  

“The plan will help us prioritise future management actions and help us seek funding to implement those actions.

“Gracetown and Cowaramup Bay are such special places to many people - we really encourage community input.”

Community members interested in contributing their ideas regarding the management of the foreshore are also encouraged to email their concerns and suggestions to by Friday 26 April 2019.

Once in first draft form, Council will consider the Plan for a formal consultation period at which point community members can provide further comment and feedback. 

RSVPs are not required for the walks but participants are asked to bring appropriate footwear, hats and water.

For more information of the project, please contact the Shire on 9780 5255.

Community members and health support service providers are being invited to comment on a University of Newcastle and Lishman Foundation report which considers how to better support mental health and wellbeing in the Shire of Augusta Margret River.

Completed by a specialist researcher from the University of Newcastle’s Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, the report is the result of interviews with more than 100 local community members, support service workers and health practitioners.

The Lishman Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer Dianne Ritson said the intent of the report was to map existing services, identify gaps, look at opportunities for service integration, and consider new programs and initiatives.

“A significant part of this project has been trying to better understand the factors associated with mental illness and suicide in the local community,” she said.

“If we can better understand the influences we can start to look at more prevention initiatives and ways of improving mental health support services.

“We want this report to translate into real outcomes for the community.”

The report is a result of a partnership between The Lishman Health Foundation, the University of Newcastle and the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

Anyone interested in in viewing the report can access it at

Community sessions will also be held to discuss the project at the following times and locations:

  • 5.30pm, Monday 11 March 2019 at the Riversmith cafe, Margaret River
  • 4.30pm Tuesday 12 March 2019 at the Augusta Historical Museum
  • 5.30pm Thursday 14 March 2019 at the Black Sheep Cafe, Cowaramup

RSVPs are not required to attend the sessions.

Submissions regarding the report can be emailed to amrshire@amrshire.wa, and must be received by 31 March 2019.


Community members can apply now to receive one of ten Neighbourhood BLOCK Party grants from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

The grants are being offered to encourage people to get to know their neighbours and improve social cohesion and networking in the community.

Shire of Augusta Margaret River Community Development Officer Jessica Black said a successful BLOCK party could be as small and intimate as a few chairs in a backyard, right up to a BBQ in your local park, or a party in a community hall.

“I encourage you to reach out to neighbours you see regularly,” she said.

“Our goals for the funding is to foster trust at neighbour level, improve health and well-being, and improve our community’s preparedness in the case of an emergency.”

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River can support your BLOCK party by providing:

  • Loan of a Games Bag which includes a cricket set, bocce, quoits, hacky sack, frisbee, soccer and football; and
  • Up to $100 worth of receipts reimbursed per event by the Shire (excludes alcohol).

Funding recipients may consider running their event on ‘Neighbour Day’ on Sunday 31 March 2019.

For more information, or for plenty of resources to assist in the planning of a neighbourhood event please visit Relationships Australia on:

For further information or to request a BLOCK party information pack please follow this link or contact Jessica Black, Community Development Officer on (08) 9780 5276 or

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is assisting with firefighting efforts in the neighbouring Shires of Nannup and Donnybrook-Balingup.

Up to 100 members from the Shire's Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades will work on five of the Shire's appliances over the coming days.

The members will work in 12-hour rotating shifts from 7am to 7pm and 7pm to 7am.

“Thank you to our Shire brigade members who, with their skills and expertise, will be valuable assets to our impacted neighbours,” Shire Community and Emergency Services Manager Chris Lloyd said.

“We wish them, and all other assisting staff and volunteers, the very best as they respond to this incident.”

The request for firefighting assistance came from Parks and Wildlife via the Department of Fire and Emergency Services earlier this morning.

Augusta Margaret River Shire President Pam Townshend and Acting CEO Dale Putland have contacted each of the affected local governments to offer further assistance if required and express their sentiments to the fire-affected residents.

Margaret River’s Intercultural Action Group has recently produced a handy flyer to assist new arrivals to Margaret River.

Titled Hello Margaret River the flyer includes a list of local services and information available to help new arrivals settle into the region.

Intercultural Action Group co-founder Yen Hawkes said the key service information flyer will be distributed from the Margaret River Civic Administration Centre, Margaret River Library, Margaret River Community Centre and upon request. 

“As a migrant myself, I understand that settling in a new place takes time and can be stressful,” she said.

“The Intercultural Action Group aims to be a resource and reference point for new arrivals.

“We think our Hello Margaret River flyer is a small but valuable gesture for international arrivals in Margaret River.”

The Intercultural Action Group who is supported by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, was formed in February 2018 as a response to the increasing multicultural population in Margaret River.

The group acts as a reference group for the local multicultural population and develops projects aimed at empowering and building the leadership skills of migrants. 

For more information please contact the Intercultural Action Group at, via the website at

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