Newly-elected councillor David Binks wants an external audit of the Shire’s finances and to reintroduce the wards system to deliver “fairness and equity” to ratepayers.
Cr Muir said she was concerned about the future of the region, with many residents squeezed out as property speculation, short-stay operators and a lack of housing for workers continued to bite.
A respected senior GP who specialises in aged care says the Capes industry is facing a major crisis due to blockages in the country health system and lack of workers.
Doctor Andrew Lill’s warnings about the sector highlight a disturbing trend towards housing elderly residents in regional hospitals.
The WA Country Health Service has administered more than 200,000 vaccine doses to regional WA.
A local MP has revealed the Department of Communities ignored a homeless teen living with a violent former prisoner.
A Capes dad’s fight for better services to help people at risk of self-harm has triggered a major pow wow of mental health providers across the State.
Settlers Tavern was thrilled to come away from this year’s Wotif awards with the people’s choice for best country pub in Australia.
These are the faces behind the South West statistic that two-out of-three people have received a COVID jab.
Cr Paula Cristoffanini claimed the Shire presidency and re-elected Cowaramup-based member Julia Meldrum was named her deputy in a move critics say represents the return of a “green council”.
The newly-elected members of the incomplete board which runs the Margaret River Farmers’ Market have revealed the irregularities in the group’s recent annual meeting.
A local horse has snatched a bronze medal for her volunteering work with people with disabilities.
It’s 2020 all over again.
Residents say an arrest in Gnarabup on Sunday night has again highlighted the issues with short-stay accommodation in the region.
The last meeting of the council which oversaw the redevelopment of Margaret River’s main street heard members play down the $3.6 million ratepayer-backed overrun.
Local firefighters brought a suspicious blaze under control in just 15 minutes on Tuesday.
Residents interested in a Buddhist perspective on happiness have the chance to register for a free talk at the Margaret River Heart later this month.
The call has gone out for another community group to run next year’s Australia Day breakfast celebration after the Margaret River Lions Club said it would no longer be involved.
Sunday saw 60 junior Cowaramup Bay Boardriders surfers fight out for the top spot in contestable waves at Inside Grunters for round three of this year’s competition.
Ocean users have been reminded a shark warning system off the Capes coast remains active despite the end of the drumline program.
Vehicle crashes resulting in financial claims for injuries are on the decrease in the Capes region.
The future of funding for a potential chief executive position at Nature Conservation Margaret River remains unknown, with the donors declining to comment.
Councillors have instructed the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River’s chief executive to deliver a report by the end of next month to explore any other option to relieve traffic woes at Rapids Landing.
Delegates at the Nationals WA annual State Conference have voted to reject the McGowan Government’s “one vote, one value” system.
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