Sustainable Economy

Photo from Leeuwin Estate Family Concert

From exciting events to world-class surf breaks, deep red wines and towering Karri forests, the Augusta Margaret River Shire is an amazing place to live, work and visit. The community wants to keep it amazing, and ensure that the new and existing businesses and job offerings are equally inspirational.

Council has identified the aspiration to support the economy to deliver livelihoods and enterprises that are sustainable, climate-resilient, diverse, and locally-owned in a circular economy, a regenerative and improving environment, and a just community that upholds the rights of everyone.

Follow this page to stay in the loop of Sustainable Economy at the Shire.


From exciting events to world-class surf breaks, deep red wines and towering Karri forests, the Augusta Margaret River Shire is an amazing place to live, work and visit. The community wants to keep it amazing, and ensure that the new and existing businesses and job offerings are equally inspirational.

Council has identified the aspiration to support the economy to deliver livelihoods and enterprises that are sustainable, climate-resilient, diverse, and locally-owned in a circular economy, a regenerative and improving environment, and a just community that upholds the rights of everyone.

Follow this page to stay in the loop of Sustainable Economy at the Shire.


  • Public seminar: Rethinking Economics, Ecology and Governance for the 21st Century

    1 day ago
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    Rethinking Economics, Ecology and Local Governance for the 21st Century
    Free Public Seminar with Dr. Michelle Maloney

    Overview
    As we face the growing impacts of climate change and environmental degradation, many people are asking how we can redesign human societies so that we live and thrive within the productive capacity of our ‘natural resources’. The aim of this seminar is to stimulate new conversations about sustainability, economic wellbeing, law and governance, and help us explore positive ways forward in our most challenging times.

    Session information
    Tuesday 1 October, 6pm-7.30pm
    Council Chambers, Margaret River, WA

    Rethinking Economics, Ecology and Local Governance for the 21st Century
    Free Public Seminar with Dr. Michelle Maloney

    Overview
    As we face the growing impacts of climate change and environmental degradation, many people are asking how we can redesign human societies so that we live and thrive within the productive capacity of our ‘natural resources’. The aim of this seminar is to stimulate new conversations about sustainability, economic wellbeing, law and governance, and help us explore positive ways forward in our most challenging times.

    Session information
    Tuesday 1 October, 6pm-7.30pm
    Council Chambers, Margaret River, WA

  • Key findings from Shire’s Business Survey highlight challenges and opportunities

    16 days ago

    A suite of nine business surveys developed by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River has revealed some of the challenges and potential opportunities for the local business community. The surveys, which were open during June and July 2019, received 96 submissions from business owners and managers, equating to roughly 5% of businesses in the Shire.

    Download the report

    The survey targeted a range of business sectors and locations, including agricultural, tourism, and accommodation businesses from Cowaramup, Margaret River, and Augusta. Survey questions related to businesses performance, size, and optimism; the degree of local ownership, procurement, and sales; environmentally friendly practices...

    A suite of nine business surveys developed by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River has revealed some of the challenges and potential opportunities for the local business community. The surveys, which were open during June and July 2019, received 96 submissions from business owners and managers, equating to roughly 5% of businesses in the Shire.

    Download the report

    The survey targeted a range of business sectors and locations, including agricultural, tourism, and accommodation businesses from Cowaramup, Margaret River, and Augusta. Survey questions related to businesses performance, size, and optimism; the degree of local ownership, procurement, and sales; environmentally friendly practices currently undertaken; ways to maximise the benefits of events in the region; and what role the Shire could play in assisting local businesses.

    The survey found significant concern about the current state of retail, consistent with broader concern across Western Australia, and the opportunity for a “Buy Local” initiative. The Shire is currently collaborating with Transition Margaret River and the Margaret River Chamber of Commerce and Industry to implement an ongoing and consolidated campaign to encourage a “Choose Local” culture. Seasonality of tourism continues to be a challenge for local businesses, with a significant percentage of business revenue directly reliant upon visitors.

    Responses to the agricultural survey highlighted a desire by farmers to be recognised for their contribution to the community. Farmers also questioned the compatibility of lifestyle blocks with farming enterprises, and a need for planning approvals to be issued in a timely way to support business development. The Shire is well underway in addressing these matters by way of the (draft) revised Local Planning Strategy, which includes increased exemptions for shed approvals, a presumption against subdivision of agricultural lots, and allowance of larger ancillary dwellings to provide intergenerational housing on farming properties.

    Shire Sustainable Economy Officer Saul Cresswell said this survey is one step in an ongoing dialogue between the Shire and the business community.

    “We are seeking to make sure the Shire’s impact on businesses is positive, and looking for opportunities to collaborate for greater benefit to the region’s community and environment,” he said.

    “We look forward to identifying further opportunities to engage with local business owners and working collaboratively to ensure a sustainable local economy and vibrant and diverse community.”

  • The Human Connection: Marketing Workshop, Tues 17 September, 9:30am-11:00am

    24 days ago
    Human conn

    Facts and figures are important in business, but emotions move beyond the rational.

    More often than not, people remember people (and businesses!) through the stories they tell and how they make them feel.

    In this free workshop, learn how to connect your story to your business so that people want to buy from you. This is an interactive session where you get to share and write your story.

    Bring your pen and notebook.


    Facts and figures are important in business, but emotions move beyond the rational.

    More often than not, people remember people (and businesses!) through the stories they tell and how they make them feel.

    In this free workshop, learn how to connect your story to your business so that people want to buy from you. This is an interactive session where you get to share and write your story.

    Bring your pen and notebook.


  • Starting a Small Business, Tues 10 September 2019, 9:30am-11:00am, Augusta

    24 days ago
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    Whether you are new to business or thinking about starting a business there are some things that are worthwhile knowing. Business Advisor Sana Turnock will guide you through some of the areas that are important to focus on. Free workshop in Augusta.

    Whether you are new to business or thinking about starting a business there are some things that are worthwhile knowing. Business Advisor Sana Turnock will guide you through some of the areas that are important to focus on. Free workshop in Augusta.

  • Radio Marketing Workshop: Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 9:30am-11:00am

    24 days ago
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    Want the best out of radio advertising and marketing?

    Join Southern Cross Austereo's Shane Bromilow to learn the benefits of Radio Marketing over this free workshop.


    Want the best out of radio advertising and marketing?

    Join Southern Cross Austereo's Shane Bromilow to learn the benefits of Radio Marketing over this free workshop.


  • Sustainability Practices for Small Business

    4 months ago
    Seed planting

    Free event in Margaret River on Tuesday 25th June from 9:30am-11:30am.

    Free event in Margaret River on Tuesday 25th June from 9:30am-11:30am.

  • Casual Employment - What you need to know as an employer

    4 months ago
    Casual employment

    Free event in Margaret River, 9:30am-11am Tuesday 18th June.

    Free event in Margaret River, 9:30am-11am Tuesday 18th June.

  • Xero and End Of Financial Year talk: 2nd April, 9:30-11:30am

    4 months ago
    Basw

    Free event in Margaret River on Xero accounting platform, and getting ready for EOFY.

    Free event in Margaret River on Xero accounting platform, and getting ready for EOFY.