Be part of the vision for next two decades

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Shire chiefs James Shepherd, CEO Stephanie-Addison Brown, and Nick Logan are part of the renewed consultation efforts underway in coming months.
Camera IconShire chiefs James Shepherd, CEO Stephanie-Addison Brown, and Nick Logan are part of the renewed consultation efforts underway in coming months. Credit: Warren Hately

The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River is calling all residents to get involved in a major new “community-wide conversation” which will inform the region’s future for the next 20 years.

Shire officers will co-ordinate a series of workshops at major locations throughout the shire as part of twin reviews into the Strategic Community Plan and Local Planning Strategy.

The review of the Shire’s long-term vision would tackle big issues like urban development, tourism growth, and population pressure on existing services.

Shire chief executive Stephanie Addison-Brown said community input was critical.

“The Strategic Community Plan is our principal document which details how we lead the local government area, including how we allocate ratepayer funding and how we develop local services,” she said.

“Feedback is sought to shape our future across social, economic and environmental themes, and we will be doing this across all townsites and places in our shire.

“We’ll be holding a series of workshops in different townsites to better understand what our communities want, recognising aspirations may be different for the Karridale community compared to Prevelly or Cowaramup.” The community plan was last reviewed in 2016 and, like the LPS, requires review under State Government legislation.

Consultation on the two major documents represented a key chance for residents to offer their input before final outcomes were settled.

Consultation on the LPS would close on December 20, while public meetings for the community plan would continue until late February, with the finalised document expected to go before councillors mid-2021.

“We ask for community members, residents and visitors to please take some time to share your views,” Ms Addison-Brown said. “What do you love about the shire, and what you want to see improved or enhanced?”

Residents can get involved by registration through your say@amrshire.wa.gov.au and track upcoming meetings via the Shire’s community update, featured weekly in the Times.

The first forums will be held in Margaret River on November 9, Witchcliffe on November 10, Gnarabup on November 12, and Cowaramup on November 13.

Karridale, Kudardup and Augusta sessions are pencilled in for November 26 and 27.

Place boards will also be installed at the Shire offices in Margaret River and Augusta, local libraries, and the Recreation Centre for direct feedback.

Pop-up kiosks will be unveiled on Margaret River’s main strip on November 8, Cowaramup Hall on November 15, and at Augusta IGA on November 28.

Visit yoursay.amrshire.wa.gov. au for further details.

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