Community preparedness

Emergency kitThe Shire is serviced by dedicated well trained emergency service volunteers, Bush Fire Brigades, volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and State Emergency Services.  These groups are supported by the Shire and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).  The volunteer St John Ambulance Service as well as numerous other community groups also service our shire.  They all do an incredible job of keeping us safe, but they can't do it alone.  We must all embrace our individual responsibility to be prepared – in doing so, we contribute to the safety and security of our community.

Becoming more prepared in case of an emergency is easier than you might think. Whether it’s your home, your neighborhood, your place of business, or your school, you can take a few simple steps to prepare your community.

Household Emergency Plans

A hardcopy of the following resources are available from the Augusta and Margaret River Shire Administration Centres.

Neighbourhood Telephone Trees

Telephone trees provide a localised method for neighbours to give each other early warning of an emergency.

Animal safety

Just as we need to prepare our family and property in times of emergencies and natural disasters we also need to prepare our animals. More information in this regard is available on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services website. 

Hazard Reduction Burn Schedule 2020-21

The following planned prescribed burns are scheduled for Spring 2020 and Autumn 2021:

Location Location Map Tenure Managed By
Augusta                         Blackwood Ave/Osnaburg St                                            Reserve
LG, Volunteers
Augusta Leeuwin Rd/Osnaburg St/York St Reserve
LG, Volunteers
Cowaramup Garstone Rd/Burnside Rd (Rails to Trails) Reserve
LG, Volunteers
East Augusta Pericles St/Davies St Reserve
LG, Volunteers
Margaret River Kevill Rd Reserves
40264 & 36747
LG, Volunteers
Margaret River Carters Rd/Railway Tce/Bussell Hwy Reserve
DFES, LG, Volunteers
Margaret River Roxburgh Rd (Pony Club) Reserve
18838 (North)
LG, Volunteers
Margaret River Roxburgh Rd (Pony Club) Reserve
18838 (West)
LG, Volunteers
Margaret River Boodjidup Rd/Bussell Hwy/Burton Rd (LIA) Reserve
DFES, LG, Volunteers
Margaret River Barrett St Reserve
LG, Volunteers
Rosa Glen Rosa Glen Rd/Lucas Rd/Bessell Rd Road
LG, Volunteers
Rosa Glen Boronia Rd/Wallis Rd (Big Valley) Reserve
LG, Volunteers
Witchcliffe Mammoth St/Redgate Rd (Wadandi) Reserve
LG, Volunteers

Hazard Reduction Burns are planned by the land managers, are indicative plans only and are subject to change.

Asset Protection Zone (APZ)

Asset Protection Zone (APZ) means the area of land within 20 metres from the external walls of any habitable building. The fuel loading (flammable material) in the APZ is to be reduced and maintained to less than two (2) tonnes per hectare. Trees must not be closer than two (2) metres to a building, and trees must not overhang a building within four (4) metres of the external roof.

APZ requirements apply to all properties (excluding vacant lots), regardless of size, and must be maintained all year round. If your property is subject to an approved Fire Management Plan, and there is a discrepancy between the Fire Management Plan and this Notice, the Fire Management Plan is to apply.

Standards for a Compliant Asset Protection Zone (APZ)

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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

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