Augusta-Margaret River Gains New Civic Facilities

Augusta-Margaret River Gains New Civic Facilities

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Premier Opens New Civic Administration Centre

Victor P Taffa

  • Official opening of Augusta-Margaret River Civic Administration Centre
  • $40,000 in funding for the shire

Premier Colin Barnett today officially opened the new Shire of Augusta-Margaret River Civic Administration Centre.

“I congratulate the Augusta-Margaret River shire on this attractive building and I have no doubt it will be well used by the local community.” Premier Barnett said.

“The construction of this centre represents excellent value for money for residents and sends a strong message to the community that the shire is a local government that invests in its future.”

While in Margaret River, the Premier announced funding of $40,000 to the local shire.

Premier Barnett said he hoped the money would be used to fund community-based initiatives to help support residents, particularly those directly affected by November’s fire.

“I understand the fire has had a devastating and ongoing impact on some residents.” Premier Barnett said.

“I hope this funding helps the shire to undertake community-based activities to help lift spirits in the local community.”

The Premier said the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River had experienced rapid population growth in the past 15 years, with an estimated population of about 13,000 last year.

“The Margaret River region is much loved by West Australians and renowned internationally for its wine and as a tourism destination.” Premier Barnett said.

The shire has grown into one of the major local governments in the South-West.

Fact File

  • State Government already made significant contribution to assist the Margaret River community since November’s fire, including:
  • $500,000 to the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund
  • $250,000 from Tourism WA to run a campaign to assist small tourism operators
  • Support of up to $100,000 from existing programs for small business provided by the Small Business Development Corporation