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Fire restrictions will be in place over the Easter long weekend, with the Shire of Augusta Margaret River suspending burning permits and prohibiting the lighting of fires in the interest of community safety.

Restrictions will apply from Thursday 1 April, 4pm to Tuesday 6 April, 4pm.

All burning permits that have been previously issued will not be valid after 4pm Thursday 1 April 2021 and landowners must fully extinguish any fires that are still burning after that time.

Chief Shire Bushfire Control Officer, David Holland said the restrictions had been introduced given a number of factors including above average Soil Dryness Index for this time of year.

“While we are currently experiencing a cool and damp day, these conditions are not expected to extend past Friday when we will once again return to dry, windy conditions,” he said.

“Contributing factors also include the expected large influx of visitors for this weekend, which while being welcomed by our business community, can present challenges for our firefighters in the event of an out of control fire.

“We are also expecting that a number of our firefighters will wish to travel outside of our shire for the weekend and this will potentially result in reduced capacity for response to a fire.”

Exceptions:

  • Fire pits and permanent fire rings within approved camping/caravan park area, or on private property (with the landowner's permission) may be lit after 6pm and extinguished before 11pm on the same day.
  • Solid fuel BBQs may still be used at any time if the Fire Danger Index is not Very High or above.

Any fire outside of the above exceptions remains prohibited.

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is kick starting a youth development project for young people called RISE (Resilient Innovative Skilled Employed), with the first of many free workshops, events and skills development opportunities set to start next month.
RISE aims to upskill local youth and assist them to explore various pathways to a wide range of diverse and emerging professional careers.
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River was successful in securing $74,536 funding from Lotterywest for the program earlier this year, to develop the free and accessible program for young people.
Shire RISE Program Coordinator and Community Development Officer Katie Taylor said the program would give youth the skills and confidence to turn their passions into dream careers through innovative partnerships with local community organisations.
“RISE will provide opportunities for local young people to explore a wide range of professions and careers they may not otherwise think about or know how to pursue,” she said.
“By providing a way for young people to enhance their skills and broaden their horizons, we hope to improve their access to jobs and volunteer opportunities and to help pave the way towards the development of some new business ventures.”
“RISE is also expected to result in economic and social development opportunities within the Shire by supporting local organisations while upskilling young people,” she said.
Skill-based workshops that will be offered by RISE in 2021 include skate ramp construction with the Concrete Club and Cowaramup Men’s Shed, making clothes with Woven Cowaramup, short story writing with Centre for Stories, podcasting and DJ-ing with Radio Margaret River, mountain bike trail building with Magic Dirt Trailworx and creative workshops and career-based ‘speed dating’ with Margaret River Open Studios, Strings Attached Guitar Festival and Emergence Creative Festival.
Ms Taylor encouraged young people aged 14-25 to book early for the first workshop with Kaiman, a young local illustrator and graphic designer.
“The first RISE workshop is for young creatives with an interest in drawing and graphic design,” Ms Taylor explained. “At this workshop, youth will learn to progress their drawing skills and will also have the chance to hear about how Kaiman turned his love of graphic art into a career.”
The Illustrative Skills Workshop with Kaiman will be held on Tuesday 13 April from 9.30am to 11.30am at the Zone Room in the Margaret River Youth Precinct. Places are limited so booking early is recommended on phone 08 9780 5255 or email to [email protected]
There will also be an opportunity to collaborate with Kaiman in designing and painting the front entrance to the Youth Zone Room at a Mural Design Workshop at the Youth Week Festival on Friday 16 April from 3pm to 6pm.

To find out more about RISE workshops and events, stay tuned to www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/RISE or contact the Shire’s Community Development team by phone 08 9780 5255 or email  [email protected]

NB: The Shire’s RISE program was initially dubbed the ‘Grab a Bite’ program and has since been renamed. Previous media release: https://www.amrshire.wa.gov.au/news/media-releases/1307/community-initiatives-get-250000-lotterywest-funding-boost/
 

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) are getting set to celebrate Youth Week with the Youth Week Festival on Friday 16 April from 3pm to 6pm at the Margaret River Youth Precinct.

The interactive festival for young people of all ages will include art activities, a sausage sizzle, performances by local young artists and stalls including Radio Margaret River and Headspace.

Radio Margaret River will be airing a specialised youth playlist created by young people throughout the afternoon and Headspace will be running activities promoting mental health and wellbeing.

Local artist Kaiman will be running an art workshop during which participants will brainstorm the mural that is planned to be painted across the front of the Zone Room in the coming months. While being held during the Youth Week Festival, the workshop is also part of the newly created RISE program, which aims to give young people the skills and confidence to turn their passions into dream careers.

Shire of Augusta Margaret River Coordinator Community Planning and Development Jason Cleary said the Youth Week Festival is organised by youth for youth.

“YAC is excited for the festival as it’s their first event of the year,” he said.

“Please come on down and join in this fun and free event. It’s a great opportunity for young people to come together, celebrate all their talents, learn new skills, and find out about services and opportunities available to them right here in our local Shire.”

The accessible and inclusive event is supported by the Department of Communities and will be held at the Margaret River Youth Precinct, 31 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River.

For further enquiries about the event including if you have accessibility requirements, please contact  Community Development Trainee Shannon Walker on phone 08 9780 5214 email  [email protected] or visit www.facebook.com/margaretriveryac. 

The parcel of bushland to the immediate north of town through which the Margaret River runs has been formally named Nguraren Kalleep (pronounced ‘Nah-ren kah-leep’) in recognition of, and respect for, Wadandi Country.
The name means ‘Ringtail Camp’ in Wadandi language and gives a formal title to the 18 hectares of bushland previously known, as ‘A Class Reserve’.
Shire of Augusta Margaret River President Ian Earl said the name was firstly determined in consultation with local Wadandi Elders via the Undalup Association.
The Shire then followed a wider community consultation process, before submitting the name request to Landgate which was officially accepted in August 2020.
“The reserve has always had cultural, historical, geographical and environmental significance to many people,” Cr Earl said.
“The name fits beautifully to acknowledge the Indigenous connections to the site and reflects the importance of the bushland in preserving its unique native wildlife, most notably the Critically Endangered Western Ringtail Possum (‘Nguraren’).”
The Shire will host an official Nguraren Kalleep Reserve naming ceremony in celebration of the name in conjunction with Nature Conservation Margaret River Region’s upcoming Wooditjup Bilya Community Connections event at the neighbouring Rotary Park. Event details are:
 
Wooditjup Bilya Community Connections Event
Date:     Saturday 27 March
Time:     10am – 3pm
              (Welcome to Country at 10am)
              (Reserve re-naming ceremony at 10.15am)
Place:    Margaret River Rotary Park
Includes: Guided walks, face painting, entertainment, food and drinks for purchase.
 
Cr Earl encouraged the community to attend this free event, enjoy the positive atmosphere and celebrate and connect with Wooditjup Bilya, the Margaret River.
“The naming of the reserve and connecting with the natural and cultural values of Wooditjup Bilya is something I’m really proud to be a part of,” he said.
“I look forward to seeing everyone there, enjoying the occasion with us.” 

Owners of empty homes and short stay properties located within the Margaret River Region are being urged to consider making their homes available as rentals for local residents and workers.

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River President Ian Earl said some people were continuing to find it difficult to secure appropriate accommodation and it was important for the Shire to provide support where possible.

“Even though the peak period of summer has passed it is still very competitive to secure suitable affordable housing for many people,” he said.

“I ask property owners to consider if they have capacity to take in longer term tenants for the health of our whole community.”

Cr Earl said that with the longer new home build times currently being experienced, he anticipated it would take time for more rental housing to come to market.  

“The Shire is adopting a more flexible approach to current planning regulations to make it easier for short stay property owners to adapt how they use their properties to meet this demand,” he said.

“We all need each other to function cohesively as a community, for social connectiveness and to support each other through challenging times.”

At a Special Meeting of Council on 17 March 2021, Council agreed to a range of initiatives to increase affordable housing stock in the local government area into the future.

This includes:

  • Adopting a flexible approach to allow current short stay property owners to provide rental accommodation to local residents for up to 6 months.
  • Advertising a modification to Local Planning Policy 7 – Short Stay Accommodation to remove the opportunity for grouped dwellings to be approved as holiday homes within Margaret River.
  • Undertaking a media campaign calling for owners of properties which are or can be made to be suitable for residential occupation to consider short term leases for current tenants within the Shire who may be displaced as a result of the end of the State Government’s moratorium on rent increases and evictions.
  • That the Shire President write to new Minister for Communities and Minister for Housing to urgently prepare a crisis accommodation response for AMR residents who are experiencing difficulties accessing accommodation and consideration of resources being immediately allocated to the Department of Communities office in Margaret River.

 

 

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