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Nominations to stand in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River local government elections closed at 4pm today with seven candidates set to contest the four available seats.
The candidates, in (surname) alphabetical order are:

  • Helen Allan
  • David Binks
  • Ian Earl
  • Julia Meldrum
  • Richard Moroney
  • Tracey Muir
  • Carl Wheeler

The elections now enter a period of campaigning before a public vote will take place on Saturday 16 October 2021.
The successful candidates from this vote will join continuing (mid-term) councillors Brian Daniel, Kylie Kennaugh, Paula Cristoffanini to form the new Council.
A new Shire President to be elected by majority vote at the first new Council meeting.  
Shire of Augusta Margaret River CEO Stephanie Addison-Brown encouraged the community to get involved in the democratic local government elections process by voting.
“The Council is there to represent the community,” she said.
“You can do your research via a range of means including through media channels such as local press, social media and radio.
“We have also compiled the candidate profiles online.”
Profiles can be accessed at
The election will be conducted as a postal vote. 

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River will launch its Climate Action Plan on Friday 10 September at an event jointly hosted with Augusta Margaret River Clean Community Energy (AMRCCE).
The event will include an address by the Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson MLA, Minister for Environment, Climate Action and Commerce; Shire President, Ian Earl and AMRCCE Chair Professor David Wood.  
Developed following the community-driven Climate Action Summit, the Climate Action Plan outlines a detailed program of initiatives under the themes of Policy and Education, Energy and Emissions, Transport and Waste. It also announces the Shire’s goal of Net Zero emissions by 2030.
Shire of Augusta Margaret River CEO Stephanie Addison-Brown explained,
“This Plan identifies a wide range of actions for the Shire organisation and the community so that we can reduce emissions and achieve carbon reduction targets.
We recognise that this is an issue that’s close to our community’s heart, and we’re proud to announce such a comprehensive and detailed plan to reach that Net Zero goal.”
The AMRCCE will also launch ZERO: Towards Zero Emissions; a Shire-supported Zero Interest Loans initiative for climate beneficial projects in the Augusta Margaret River region.
AMRCCE’s Professor Wood stated,
“We aim to lower the barrier of up-front capital cost in accessing renewable energy initially for not-for-profit community organisations and hope to eventually expand into funding low-income individual households.”
The program will launch with seed funding of more than $60,000 from contributions of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, Clear Energy and community donations.
 AMRCCE ZERO is one of several projects run by AMRCCE, a not-for-profit community action group dedicated to protecting the natural environment, working to support the target set out in the Shire’s Climate Action Plan of achieving zero emissions by 2030.
The Climate Action Plan is available on the Shire’s webpage on

Details for the launch event are:
Date: Friday 10 September 2021
Time: 3pm
Place: Council Chambers Foyer, Margaret River Shire Offices


Anyone wanting to get a first hand account of the WA State Government budget for 2021-22 is invited to attend a special community budget lunch event on Friday 10 September 2021 at Margaret River HEART.
Jointly hosted by the South West Development Commission, the Shire of Augusta Margaret River and the Margaret River Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the event is set to include an address by the Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson MLA, Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce, who will then participate in a Q & A session with Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie and South-West MLC Jackie Jarvis. 
Shire of Augusta Margaret River CEO Stephanie Addison said the budget lunch was an opportunity for the community to engage face to face with State elected members and gain more insight into what the WA budget will mean for the local community.
“The WA budget is obviously a significant announcement each year, and we welcome the Minister’s commitment to visiting Margaret River to personally present to our community” she said.
“We hope by having a budget lunch our local residents will feel more aware, educated and engaged.”
Details for the event are:

Date: Friday 10 September 2021
Time: 12.15pm-2.30pm
Place: Margaret River HEART
Tickets: $40-45 +BF, available from
Includes: Lunch and non-alcoholic refreshments.

The Premier and Treasurer, Hon Mark McGowan MLA will hand down the 2021‑22 Western Australian State Budget on Thursday, 9 September 2021, after which time it will be available at

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has announced the trial of a waste sorting station that allows residents to dispose of items which would largely otherwise end up in landfill.

The waste sorting station, which is located inside the foyer of the Shire’s Margaret River office, allows members of the community to dispose of small amounts of aerosols, CFL household light globes, pens, pencils, markers, coffee capsules, media storage such as cassette tapes and CDs, unusable clothing, soft packaging, beauty product tubes and tubs and oral care waste such as used toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes, together with the existing collections for used batteries, household printer cartridges, mobile phones and plastic lids.

The items collected, most of which would otherwise end up in landfill, are then sent to specialist recycling facilities that can either dispose of the items correctly or recycle them.

Interim Project Administration and Education Officer, Penny Dowd, said that while the overall aim is to divert waste from landfill, the best way to do this is to reduce household waste in the first place.

“We really want the emphasis to be on waste reduction in the first instance”, she said.

“There are a huge number of ways to reduce waste, whether it be by buying package free foods, avoiding aerosols or buying beauty products like shampoo and soap in bars rather than plastic containers.”

“However, in the interests of keeping special waste items out of landfill, the waste sorting station allows people to responsibly dispose of some of the items that are particularly hard to dispose of otherwise, some of which can also be potentially hazardous.”

Community uptake of the waste sorting station will be monitored with a view to creating a more permanent solution. However, at this stage the Shire is calling for disposals of smaller items only as capacity is limited.

In addition to the waste sorting station, the Shire’s Augusta office and library will continue to accept batteries and mobile phones, and the Margaret River library will continue to accept batteries, mobile phones, printer cartridges, binders and stationery. Donations of usable items can also be made to the Davis Road Tip Shop.

To find out more about waste and recycling in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River visit

Interim Project Administration and Education Officer Penny Dowd encourages community members to dispose of small amounts of special household waste items at the new waste sorting station. High resolution image available here

Anyone interested in standing for Council is reminded that nominations open this week on Thursday 2 September 2021.

The local government election, set to take place on Saturday 16 October 2021, will see candidates contest four vacant seats, each available for a four-year term.

Nominations must be lodged with the Returning Officer at any time between Thursday 2 September and 4pm on Thursday 9 September 2021, or between 2pm and 4pm on Thursday 9 September 2021 (close of nominations) at the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, 41 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River.

Candidates are required to lodge with the Returning Officer:

  • a completed nomination in the prescribed form, signed and witnessed. This form is available from the Returning Officer or the Western Australian Electoral Commission (;
  • a single A4 page profile of not more than 800 characters (including spaces) containing information about the candidate;
  • a nomination deposit of $80 (cash, bank cheque or postal order);
  • (optional) a recent passport-sized photograph of the candidate’s head, or head and shoulders; and
  • every candidate must have completed the online course titled Induction for prospective candidates, available at, prior to nominating.

The Commission has developed an online system called Nomination Builder to assist candidates to complete their nomination form which includes the candidate profile.

This is the preferred method of completing the nomination form and profile for elections conducted by the Commission.

Candidates complete their nomination details and profile, print the completed form which has a reference number allocated and lodge it with the Returning Officer. The nomination builder can be accessed via

Where an agent lodges a nomination on a candidate’s behalf, it must be in the prescribed form with a written authorisation signed by the candidate.

The documents may be hand delivered or posted to the Returning Officer and must be received by the close of nominations.

Full details about eligibility and nomination procedures for prospective candidates can be obtained by contacting the Returning Officer, Brian Warbey on 0417 476 927 or the Western Australian Electoral Commission on 13 63 06.

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