Meet your Councillors and find out how they helping to make the Shire a great place to live, work and visit.


Shire President - Cr Paula Cristoffanini

We live in a most special place with a very engaged community. I want to make sure that our precious environment is respected, maintained and enhanced and that the aspirations of our community are supported and front and centre in all our considerations. 

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Julia Meldrum

Deputy Shire President - Cr Julia Meldrum

I have lived in the Shire for over 20 years and in this time have seen such rapid growth. I am dedicated to protecting our beautiful and precious natural environment and responding to the various challenges that we face now and into the future. This community is truly engaged and I’m privileged to represent you on the Council. Transparency, accountability, financial diligence and honesty are some of my key priorities whilst I act in my capacity as a Councillor.

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Brian Daniel

Cr Brian Daniel

Drawing on my 25 years of National and International Corporate Business experience I am endeavouring to create a “Business Culture” amongst the Councillors and Shire. This involves ensuring that we maximise rate payers dollars in order to provide better value for your rates. I believe this will help to develop a culture of working with the people for the people.

My wife and I have owned a small hobby vineyard just outside of Margaret River since 2008 and have been happily retired here since 2015. 

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David Binks

Cr David Binks

I live in Cowaramup and one thing I know is that my incredible experience of community is not limited just to the town in which I live. I know that each town in the entire Shire has the same experience and potential. For each one, I believe that, as we grow, our community’s growth and development needs to be wisely managed, whilst exercising responsible stewardship of all our natural and built resources at the same time.

As a Councillor, I aim to represent the financial, environmental and social needs of our entire Shire.

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Kylie Kennaugh

Cr Kylie Kennaugh

I put up my hand to become a Councillor in 2013 because I was frustrated with the council's decisions and how my rates were being spent. I have learnt how important it is to understand both sides of the fence, to know why those difficult decisions are made. We live in an amazing area that needs to be treated with care. Being mindful of the environment and cultural history, while at the same time understanding the need for sensible development.

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Ian Earl

Cr Ian Earl

My family has lived in the Augusta Margaret River Shire since 1933 and have all contributed to our community.  My wife Helen and I run a small business in Cowaramup and I have been heavily involved in the Cowaramup PC, Cowaramup Bushfire Brigade and most of the sporting clubs of the district. 

I was elected to Council in 2009 and have been Shire President and Deputy Shire President.

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Tracey Muir

Cr Tracey Muir

I made this area home 16 years ago, drawn by the beautiful natural environment. As an environmental educator, I want to help our region evolve as a vibrant, connected community where the environment and our sense of place is preserved with sensible decisions on development, planning and infrastructure.

I appreciate the opportunity to contribute on behalf of our community to help preserve what we cherish and provide an effective and transparent local government. 

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