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Owners wishing to use their properties for short stay accommodation are reminded to first obtain planning approval from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.
Shire Chief Executive Officer, Stephanie Addison-Brown said the increase in community members listing their properties for short stay accommodation has been a hot topic not only locally, but across Australia and around the world.
“Digital technology is making it much easier for people to list their properties for short-term rent, however Shire approval is still needed.
“Renting out your house, or even rooms within your house in a bed and breakfast manner needs approval.
“The Shire has particular controls around this type of land use, in order to maintain the affordability and availability of housing, and to preserve amenity for our permanent residents,” she said.
Ms Addison-Brown said approvals were typically granted for a limited period and required renewal to remain approved.
“To help ensure the short stay rentals being advertised are authorised, the Shire periodically checks online listings against its register of approved rentals.
“So please get in touch with our planning team if you think your approval may have expired, or if you are thinking of listing your property for short stay accommodation,” she said.
The penalties for operating a short stay house or rooms without approval can be significant and the Shire would like to remind everyone of the need to obtain prior approval. 
To obtain an approval for short stay accommodation, visit the Shire’s website
Alternatively contact the Shire directly for further information at or by calling Planning Services on 9780 5220.

Back by popular demand, surfers living the Shire of Augusta Margaret River are invited to enrol for a free, half-day board rescue, CPR and first aid training course in Gnarabup this November.

The Surfers Rescue 365 course, which is delivered by Surfing WA and provided funding support by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, aims to upskill members of the community to perform initial rescue and medical response in a coastal environment.

Shire Recreation Operations Manager Dylan Brown said while the highly-valued beach lifeguard service would continue at Rivermouth in Margaret River this summer, the Surfers Rescue 365 program will help to provide opportunity for year-round first response at unmonitored beaches.

“We are fortunate to live in a place where we have access to beautiful and vast stretches of coastline, but unfortunately accidents and injuries can happen at these locations,” he said.

“We know that first few minutes of response are the most critical in ensuring favourable outcomes for people who experience trauma or illness.

“This program will provide some of the most frequent water users with the skills to save lives and minimise impact for patients until further emergency response help can get there.”

Program details are:
Date: Saturday 23 November 2019
Time: 9am – 12pm
Place: Gnarabup Beach
Register:  until places book out

“I encourage all local surfers to make the most of this free opportunity,” Mr Brown said.

“As well as positioning you to help our community members and our visitors, it helps protect yourself in the event you are faced with a precarious circumstances to which you may need to respond.”

Residents in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River and being encouraged to use pedal power over motor transport in November to enjoy healthier and happier lifestyles.
The push to take a two-wheeled commuter option coincides with WA Bike Month, a WA State Government and WestCycle initiative that seeks to incentivise bike use through a fun competition where participants accrue points to win prizes.
Points can be accrued for kilometres ridden, days participating in the initiative, and for signing up new riders.
Shire of Augusta Margaret River President Ian Earl said individuals, social groups, schools, community groups, and work places are all encourages to get involved.
“Cycling offers a range of benefits for physical fitness and mental health. 
“It’s a great social engagement opportunity and it is an environmentally-friendly means of transport.
“The timing of the initiative coincides with some beautiful spring weather here in the south west.
“I encourage you to get out your bike, take it for a spin and enjoy the great outdoors.”
For more information and to register visit
You can enter anytime in November but the sooner you start the more points that can be accrued.

Grant funds totaling $25,000 have been shared between 18 local community, volunteer and service based organisations to help them deliver programs, services and facilities upgrades to Augusta Margaret River residents.

The Community Development Grant program is an annual initiative of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River that aims to achieve a welcoming, inclusive, vibrant and engaged community.

The successful recipients for 2019-20 are:

  • Augusta Community Development Association: Augusta Community Volunteer Xmas BBQ ($1000);
  • Augusta Community Resource Centre: Summer and Spring Movie Festival ($2000);
  • Augusta Playgroup: Tree of Life ($2000);
  • Artzability: It’s Party Time ($2000);
  • Busselton All Stars Cricket Club Inc: Margaret River's Massive Backyard Cricket ($2000);
  • Intercultural Action Group: ‘Building Bridges’ – Intercultural Experience Margaret River ($2000);
  • Little Arthur Tree Productions: ‘Choice’ – Short Film ($2000);
  • Little Athletics WA: Little Athletics WA Country Championships ($2000);
  • Margaret River Hockey Club: Development of ‘Above the Line’ ($2000);
  • Margaret River Junior Football Club: Shed Fit Out ($2000);
  • Natural Learning Centre Margaret River: An Invitation to Play ($2000);
  • Swimming Mermaids: Margaret River Ocean Swim 2020 ($2000); and
  • Undalup Association: Bunuru Festival ($2000).

Shire Community Development Officer Jessica Black thanked the applicants and said the wider community was set to benefit from their efforts.

“These grants ultimately bring new and improved opportunity for residents of all ages, all abilities and a wide variety of interests,” she said.

“Congratulations to all our successful grant fund applicants, I look forward to seeing all of your projects and initiatives come to fruition.”

Grant funding rounds are held annually and offer a maximum of $2000 per community group.

The next round will open in July 2020.

For more information please contact the Shire on 9780 5255 or

Margaret River Library is hosting a community celebration to recognise the work of visual artist Dr Michael Wise and current Cocoon Gallery exhibitor and conceptual artist Natalia Ford.
The event, scheduled for 6pm to 7.30pm on Thursday 28 November 2019, will include a hosted interactive discussion about the individual approaches the artists took to achieve their works, and the many aspects of art.
Dr Michael Wise said his research and art practice is a convergence of the creative processes of video, painting, photography and sculpture.
“The life experiences of every artist inevitably influences their art,” he said.
“My works responds to my life experiences at the beach and the dangers which are embedded in its image of scenic beauty.”
Ms Ford said her discussion will be about the personal journey she took to achieve her displayed exhibition titled “The Through”.
“It’s an opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the life perspectives that I refer to for my art inspiration,” she said.
“This eclectic event promises to be a treat for the arts community and the general public alike.”
Light refreshments will be served at the event. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to RSVP by 27 November to 0422 014 717 or
Margaret River Library is an accessible venue.
The Cocoon Gallery is the library’s exhibition space used for talent emerging local artists. Exhibitions rotate approximately event two months.

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