Community Development

Our Community Planning and Development team is committed to supporting and enhancing our community by continually developing and providing opportunities that bring about positive growth. We welcome and encourage the community to contact us at [email protected] with ideas and feedback, or to learn more about the programs we run.

The Strengthening Community Capacity Plan 2020-25 and accompanying Policy detail how we support our community to grow and develop.

You can search the wide array of community groups and volunteer opportunities in our Shire at MyCommunity online.

Our focus areas include:

Access and inclusion

The Shire is committed to providing services and working within a diverse community, including people with disability, their families and carers, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, refugees, Aboriginal Australians, the elderly, women, LGBTQIA+ people, and people experiencing financial hardships. The Shire strives to continually improve access and inclusion for all. More...

The Shire is also committed to implementing its Age Friendly Community Plan 2017-21 and supporting the Dementia Friendly Community project. More...

Arts and culture

The Shire's Creative Culture Plan details an ongoing focus to support and promote the arts in our local community. The shire has a diverse array of emerging and professional artists who practice arts ranging from oil paintings to street performances, enriching the lives of residents as well as attracting visitors.  More ...


The Shire recognises that young people are important and valued members of the community and actively seeks youth perspectives and opinions when planning its services and programsm and in implementing our Strengthening Youth Plan 2018-22. More...

Social planning

The Shire routinely uses demographic, statistical and qualitative research to guide planning for the future. Recent inputs into social planning include:

  • Social atlas - this website uses our census data to provide insights into our population and community

  • Research report: Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. This report was developed by the Centre for Remote and Regional Mental Health at the University of Newcastle and commissioned and facilitated by the Lishman Health Foundation. Research was conducted from November 2018 to May 2019, with researchers visiting the shire twice during this period and engaging a wide range of health providers as well as community members.

  • Research report: Service Mapping for the AMR Shire, by the Western Australia Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) and GP Down South. This project report was delivered in August 2019 through partnership and support with the Shire and a broad range of social service providers in the local area.

Supporting community groups

There are over 150 active community groups in our Shire ranging across a wide range of interest areas. The Shire is dedicated to support active community groups in our area through training, access to funding, and research information. More ...

Volunteering is an activity which takes lots of different forms: formal or informal, individual or group, inside or outdoors, locally or overseas. Volunteering is an activity which can suit every lifestyle, ability, interest and skill. More...

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Contact the Shire

Postal Address

PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285

Margaret River

41 Wallcliffe Road
Monday to Friday
Ph 08 9780 5255
Fax 08 9757 2512


66 Allnut Terrace
Tues, Wed, Thurs
9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
Ph 08 9780 5255


For contact details for fire, police, bushfire brigades, hospitals, storm damage, power outages, etc please see the emergency contact page

National Relay Service

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Change of details form

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