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This page has been created to assist the Shire in communicating specifically with planning, building, design and development professionals. We intend to update the page on a regular basis to keep you informed of matters which we feel may be of importance or interest to you and your work.

If you wish to receive regular updates, then please register under 'Stay Informed' (right hand side of the page).

We look forward to keeping in touch and working with you this year to achieve great development outcomes!

This page has been created to assist the Shire in communicating specifically with planning, building, design and development professionals. We intend to update the page on a regular basis to keep you informed of matters which we feel may be of importance or interest to you and your work.

If you wish to receive regular updates, then please register under 'Stay Informed' (right hand side of the page).

We look forward to keeping in touch and working with you this year to achieve great development outcomes!

  • Meet the Heritage Council - 19th February 2019

    3 months ago
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    If you are interested in finding out more about Heritage in WA, come along to a free community workshop and hear direct from the Heritage Council, the State’s primary body for heritage. Anne Arnold, Chair of the Heritage Council, will be joined by heritage architect and Heritage Council member Phil Griffiths, and representatives from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. The group will present an update on the progression of the Heritage Act 2018, identify how communities are being asked to be part of this process, and give a general update on some of the heritage highlights around the...




    If you are interested in finding out more about Heritage in WA, come along to a free community workshop and hear direct from the Heritage Council, the State’s primary body for heritage. Anne Arnold, Chair of the Heritage Council, will be joined by heritage architect and Heritage Council member Phil Griffiths, and representatives from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. The group will present an update on the progression of the Heritage Act 2018, identify how communities are being asked to be part of this process, and give a general update on some of the heritage highlights around the State in 2019.


    Following the presentation, the group will invite discussion on some of the matters raised and answer any of your heritage-related questions.

    The presentation will be held at the Margaret River Council Chambers commencing 2.30 until 4.00pm on the 19th February 2019.

    Places are limited, so please RSVP by 15 February at - info@stateheritage.wa.gov.au (Attention Brooke Hongell)


  • LPS / Local Planning Strategy Review Workshops - Call for Presenters

    6 months ago
    Workshop

    As many of you would know, the Shire has over the past 6 months, been conducting workshops as a means of ‘pre-consultation’ leading into the review of the LPS and Local Planning Strategy. The workshops have focussed on a range of subjects likely to be pivotal in influencing changes to the documents.

    For the final workshop, we want to invite those of you who frequently use the documents to give a short presentation on improvements that you believe need to be made based on your experience in using them over a long period.

    So, if you’re an architect, designer, town...

    As many of you would know, the Shire has over the past 6 months, been conducting workshops as a means of ‘pre-consultation’ leading into the review of the LPS and Local Planning Strategy. The workshops have focussed on a range of subjects likely to be pivotal in influencing changes to the documents.

    For the final workshop, we want to invite those of you who frequently use the documents to give a short presentation on improvements that you believe need to be made based on your experience in using them over a long period.

    So, if you’re an architect, designer, town planner, developer or anyone who has detailed working knowledge of LPS1 and/or the Local Planning Strategy and would be prepared to publicly share your suggestions, we want to hear from you.

    Please contact us to register your interest at lpsreview@amrshire.wa.gov.au

    It is anticipated that the workshop would be held on the last week of November.

    If the idea of public speaking doesn’t sound like your idea of fun (we hear you) come along and listen!

    Details of the event will be posted here soon.



  • The Forever Project - Series of Workshops hosted by Chris Ferreira

    8 months ago
    Forever2

    The Forever Project
    Empowering communities towards a sustainable future

    Join us for a series of workshops hosted by gardening and sustainability expert Chris Ferreira




    Fire-wise Gardens Sundowner
    Friday 7 September, 4pm - 5pm
    Margaret River Council Chambers


    Waste-wise Food Theatre
    Saturday 8 September, 8:30am - 9:30am or 11am - 12pm
    Farmers Markets, Margaret River Education Campus


    Sustainable Homes
    Saturday 8 September, 9:45am - 10:45am
    Margaret River Organic Gardens


    All events are free to attend.

    The Forever Project
    Empowering communities towards a sustainable future

    Join us for a series of workshops hosted by gardening and sustainability expert Chris Ferreira




    Fire-wise Gardens Sundowner
    Friday 7 September, 4pm - 5pm
    Margaret River Council Chambers


    Waste-wise Food Theatre
    Saturday 8 September, 8:30am - 9:30am or 11am - 12pm
    Farmers Markets, Margaret River Education Campus


    Sustainable Homes
    Saturday 8 September, 9:45am - 10:45am
    Margaret River Organic Gardens


    All events are free to attend.

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  • Workshop 4 of the Local Planning Scheme & Strategy Review : The Towns and Villages of the Future

    8 months ago
    Workshop 4

    Workshop 4 - The Towns & Villages of the Future

    Join us for the fourth in a series of interactive workshops as a part of the Local Scheme and Strategy Review, covering the topics of demographic change, the size and structure of urban areas and local character.




    Council Chambers, Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River

    Monday 27 August

    4pm - 6:30pm

    All welcome, refreshments provided

    The workshop will include presentations from Shelley Cullen (Author of Margaret River Style) and Professor Fiona Haslam McKenzie (University of Western Australia) followed by an informal discussion amongst guest speakers, community and...

    Workshop 4 - The Towns & Villages of the Future

    Join us for the fourth in a series of interactive workshops as a part of the Local Scheme and Strategy Review, covering the topics of demographic change, the size and structure of urban areas and local character.




    Council Chambers, Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River

    Monday 27 August

    4pm - 6:30pm

    All welcome, refreshments provided

    The workshop will include presentations from Shelley Cullen (Author of Margaret River Style) and Professor Fiona Haslam McKenzie (University of Western Australia) followed by an informal discussion amongst guest speakers, community and Shire Councillors.

    RSVP via email to lpsreview@amrshire.wa.gov.au or at https://yoursay.amrshire.wa.gov.au/lps-review


    Stay tuned for more information on future workshop dates or sign up to yoursay.amrshire.wa.gov.au for all the details.


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  • 23rd August - Tiny House, Small Houses and Sustainable Living Seminar by Curtin Uni

    9 months ago
    Curtin uni poster

    A public seminar presented by
    Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute,
    Transition Margaret River, Environment Centre, AMR Shire
    and Energise Margaret River






    Programme

    5.00pm Light refreshments and information display by Energise MR
    5.30pm Matt Cuthbert (AMR Shire): Planning for Tiny and Small Houses in the AMR Shire
    5.45pm Susan Elton: Designing Small Houses for Sustainable Living
    6.00pm Shelley Cullen: My Tiny House
    6.10pm Jane Hilton: My Small House
    6.30pm Discussion

    DATE Thursday, 23 August, 2018
    TIME 5pm - 7pm
    VENUE Margaret River Education Campus: W10 Winery Classroom

    ALL WELCOME • ENTRY...

    A public seminar presented by
    Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute,
    Transition Margaret River, Environment Centre, AMR Shire
    and Energise Margaret River






    Programme

    5.00pm Light refreshments and information display by Energise MR
    5.30pm Matt Cuthbert (AMR Shire): Planning for Tiny and Small Houses in the AMR Shire
    5.45pm Susan Elton: Designing Small Houses for Sustainable Living
    6.00pm Shelley Cullen: My Tiny House
    6.10pm Jane Hilton: My Small House
    6.30pm Discussion

    DATE Thursday, 23 August, 2018
    TIME 5pm - 7pm
    VENUE Margaret River Education Campus: W10 Winery Classroom

    ALL WELCOME • ENTRY BY DONATION


  • We thought this article by PIA President Ray Haeren might be of interest to fellow planning professionals, thank goodness this type of behaviour is limited to Perth!!!

    9 months ago

    Respectful behaviour and honesty should be the natural default, however I need to speak to this issue based on increasing issues facing our fellow professionals.

    I felt compelled to write to one of Perth’s more infamous local rags this week, following their rather dubious and disparaging front page article where the new Planning Manager’s motives and ability were being questioned through a unfounded conspiracy theory based on previously being employed by the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage. Given the sensitivity and increasingly radical behaviour we see in some quarters, this is not just feeding a fire it is calling...

    Respectful behaviour and honesty should be the natural default, however I need to speak to this issue based on increasing issues facing our fellow professionals.

    I felt compelled to write to one of Perth’s more infamous local rags this week, following their rather dubious and disparaging front page article where the new Planning Manager’s motives and ability were being questioned through a unfounded conspiracy theory based on previously being employed by the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage. Given the sensitivity and increasingly radical behaviour we see in some quarters, this is not just feeding a fire it is calling into question credibility and professionalism without foundation and this needs to be called out.

    I think it would be fair to say that many planning professionals would already hesitate at the notion of working at some LGA’s based on the political nature and hostile environment, however attacks like this are also making such positions even less desirable. I am both experiencing and hearing of increasingly personalised attacks on planning professionals as groups or individuals choose to attack the person rather than the issue (play the ball not the man). I would highlight this extends to all those involved in the planning process, with the disturbing news of the Mayor of Swan being physically attacked at an engagement forum. Simply unacceptable.

    Disagreement can and will happen in planning. We are a profession of shades of grey rather than black and white after all. Urban planning issues can generate emotions as they affect peoples local environments. We also need to ensure good governance and that those in positions of influence and power apply high ethical standards. So does this all mean that it is fair game?

    I am all for robust discussion, debate, openness and accountability, however we do need to have some ground rules to ensure we can continue to offer our professional advice without fear nor favour.


  • Workshop 3 of the Local Planning Scheme & Strategy Review : The Future of Food

    9 months ago
    Workshop 3

    Workshop 3 - The Future of Food

    Join us for the third in a series of interactive workshops as a part of the Local Scheme and Strategy Review, covering the topics of subdivision and development control for agricultural lands.


    Council Chambers, Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River

    Monday 23 July

    4pm - 6pm

    All welcome, refreshments provided

    The workshop will include presentations from Tim Crip and Jo Wren (Lower Blackwood Land Conversation District Committee), Ian Noakes (Locla Farmer) and Harry Wykman (Perth City Farm) followed by an informal discussions amongst guest speakers, the general public and Shire Councillors.

    RSVP via email to...

    Workshop 3 - The Future of Food

    Join us for the third in a series of interactive workshops as a part of the Local Scheme and Strategy Review, covering the topics of subdivision and development control for agricultural lands.


    Council Chambers, Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River

    Monday 23 July

    4pm - 6pm

    All welcome, refreshments provided

    The workshop will include presentations from Tim Crip and Jo Wren (Lower Blackwood Land Conversation District Committee), Ian Noakes (Locla Farmer) and Harry Wykman (Perth City Farm) followed by an informal discussions amongst guest speakers, the general public and Shire Councillors.

    RSVP via email to lpsreview@amrshire.wa.gov.au or at the Your Say page for this project at https://yoursay.amrshire.wa.gov.au/lps-review


  • Workshop 2 of the Local Planning Scheme & Strategy Review : The Town and Villages of the Future

    10 months ago
    Workshop 2b

    Workshop 2 – The Town and Villages of the Future

    Join us for the second in a series of interactive workshops covering the topics of affordability, infill development and sustainable building design on the 25 June, 2018.




    Council Chambers, Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River

    Monday 25 June

    4pm - 6pm

    All welcome, refreshments provided


    The workshop will include presentations from Shane Greive (Curtin University), Rachel Pemberton (City of Fremantle) and Chris Green (Urban Development Institute of Australia) followed by an informal discussion amongst guest speakers, the general public and Shire Councillors.

    RSVP via email to lpsreview@amrshire.wa.gov.au or...

    Workshop 2 – The Town and Villages of the Future

    Join us for the second in a series of interactive workshops covering the topics of affordability, infill development and sustainable building design on the 25 June, 2018.




    Council Chambers, Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River

    Monday 25 June

    4pm - 6pm

    All welcome, refreshments provided


    The workshop will include presentations from Shane Greive (Curtin University), Rachel Pemberton (City of Fremantle) and Chris Green (Urban Development Institute of Australia) followed by an informal discussion amongst guest speakers, the general public and Shire Councillors.

    RSVP via email to lpsreview@amrshire.wa.gov.au or at https://yoursay.amrshire.wa.gov.au/lps-review.


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  • Workshop 1 of Local Planning Scheme & Strategy Review : Planning for Resilience

    11 months ago
    Scheme review

    Workshop 1 of Local Planning Scheme & Strategy Review: Planning for Resilience

    The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is holding the first in a series of interactive workshops as a part of the review of the Local Planning Scheme & Strategy Review on the 28 May 2018.




    Council Chambers, Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River
    Monday 28 May
    4pm - 6pm
    All welcome, refreshments provided.

    Join us for the first of series of interactive workshops, covering the topics of climate change
    adaptation, environmental protection, water and renewable energy.

    The workshop will include presentations from...

    Workshop 1 of Local Planning Scheme & Strategy Review: Planning for Resilience

    The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is holding the first in a series of interactive workshops as a part of the review of the Local Planning Scheme & Strategy Review on the 28 May 2018.




    Council Chambers, Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River
    Monday 28 May
    4pm - 6pm
    All welcome, refreshments provided.

    Join us for the first of series of interactive workshops, covering the topics of climate change
    adaptation, environmental protection, water and renewable energy.

    The workshop will include presentations from Garry Middle (West Australian Planning Commission),
    Nicole Hodgson (Murdoch University) and Glen Cook (Bureau of Meteorology) followed by an informal
    discussion amongst guest speakers, the general public and Shire Councillors.

    Fore more information or to RSVP view here

    Otherwise RSVP via email to lpsreview@amrshire.wa.gov.au. or at yoursay.amrshire.wa.com.au


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  • Major review of Scheme and Local Planning Strategy begins.....

    12 months ago
    Scheme review logo

    Major review of Scheme and Local Planning Strategy begins

    On the 9 April, Council resolved:….pursuant to Regulation 66(3) of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 to recommend to the Western Australian Planning Commission that:

    1. The Shire of Augusta Margaret River Local Planning Strategy should be reviewed to ensure that it addresses contemporary planning, economic, social and environmental issues as will be informed by a comprehensive consultation process; and

    2. The Shire of Augusta Margaret River Planning Scheme No.1 should be amended to accord with a revised Strategy.

    A series of public workshops will soon commence which...

    Major review of Scheme and Local Planning Strategy begins

    On the 9 April, Council resolved:….pursuant to Regulation 66(3) of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 to recommend to the Western Australian Planning Commission that:

    1. The Shire of Augusta Margaret River Local Planning Strategy should be reviewed to ensure that it addresses contemporary planning, economic, social and environmental issues as will be informed by a comprehensive consultation process; and

    2. The Shire of Augusta Margaret River Planning Scheme No.1 should be amended to accord with a revised Strategy.

    A series of public workshops will soon commence which will assist Shire staff to prepare amendments to the Scheme and Strategy.

    Subscribe to the “Local Planning Strategy and Scheme Review 2018-19” here or contact us at:

    lpsreview@amrshire.wa.gov.au to stay updated or provide your input.