Don’t wait until you’re in debt to get help – counselling and supports available now.

If you are experiencing stress about your financial situation – about upcoming expenses or ongoing bills, the time to get help is now.


A free financial counselling service is available, currently with over- the-phone appointments.


Contact the Community Centre on 9757 3200 for an appointment.


There are a lot of supports available to help you manage or avoid debt.


Crisis support includes food vouchers and no-interest loans.


Please reach out for help, a food voucher may be just what you need to stay afloat or avoid going into debt. Your privacy will be respected.

Community Centre: Emergency Relief and Takeaway Soupie

The Community Centre continues to provide its Emergency Relief service, with a focus on supporting locals who are not able to receive federal government benefits yet.


Existing funding from the WA Department of Social Services has been supplemented with funds from the AMRSC’s community care package (COVID-19 Response) to provide food and pharmacy relief while people take the necessary steps to be able to sustain themselves over the coming months.


People who have never been registered with Centrelink, will not have a Customer Reference Number and are advised to go online and register an intention to apply, as the first step.


This will help alleviate time lags and assist in planning services. The government will also be implementing newly announced wage support measures.


“As per government directions, renters are advised to make contact with their landlord to address rent payment arrangements; property owners are advised to contact their lenders and their tenants, as relevant,” explained Community Centre Manager, Lydell Huntly.

“And it is imperative to consider your credit situation; contact your banking institution to discuss options and use your credit card with care during these times.”


In order to minimise the spread of COVID-19 and risk to staff, tenants and visitors, the Community Centre is closed to visitors.


Please call the Centre if you are in need of assistance and the staff will talk you through the emergency relief options to match your circumstances.

Two phone numbers are available: 9757 3200 and 0490 040 778, between the hours of 9am and 1pm on Monday to Friday. Your privacy will always be respected.


Takeaway Soupie is underway at the Community Centre, with people able to maintain physical distancing without going hungry.


Soupie Coordinator, Dave Seegar, said his volunteers are starting to stock the freezers so that meals will still be available to people in dire circumstances while the COVID-19 restrictions are in place.


“A hearty meal is fundamental to keeping healthy and is so important for those among us without the means or facilities to cook for themselves.

“I offer a special thank you to those locals who have donated rice and red lentils to the Soupie pantry. It means we can keep cooking – we will always be here to help.”


Just Home is delivering additional supports to address acute housing needs.

Content from story in August Margaret River Mail, 1/4/20

Margaret River Community Centre COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response March 2020

The Community Centre is closed to visitors, however:

** Emergency Relief is available by telephone, Mon-Fri, 9am -1pm: 9757 3200 or 0490 040 778

Our focus is to assist people who have not yet registered for the government supports or who are yet to receive their payment. Please call the office and we can match the available supports to your circumstances. Your privacy is always respected.

** Takeaway Soupie meals are available 4-6pm on Mondays and Wednesdays with physical distancing and additional hygiene measures in place – no mingling or dining on site.

** Contact our tenants directly about adaptation of their services.
All room hire has ceased, no bookings will be taken until further notice.

** Community Centre for Children families are receiving regular updates from Lynda and the childcare team.

** Financial Counselling is definitely still available, albeit by phone. Contact the office to arrange an appointment and please understand that with the current increase in demand, a waiting list may be started.

** For info on health and COVID-19, visit:

** For info on federal government financial supports, how to register for mygov and how to register for Centrelink, visit:

**For info on state government matters, including education, transport/ intrastate travel and a range of links to intercultural resources, visit:

** Augusta Margaret River Shire have a dedicated web page with a comprehensive list of COVID-19 links and resources, visit:…/enviro…/covid19-information

Remember we’re all in this together and to look out for each other. While we have to keep a physical distance, don’t feel alone.

Lastly, as well as the links on the Shire’s web page above, here’s a list of local mental well-being supports from the Shire’s My Community Directory:


Spreading Christmas cheer for others…

The Margaret River Community Centre is all geared up for Hamper Day tomorrow when we will distribute more than 100 hampers to members of our community who will really get a boost from the generosity of others.

Toddlers from the Margaret River Community Centre for Children and kids from the Augusta Margaret River Shire’s holiday care program delivered goods to be added to the Christmas Hampers.


Margaret River Community Centre supports safe resolution for people detained on Manus

Amnesty International Margaret River has prepared a petition with the support of numerous local community groups, including the Margaret River Community Centre, to call attention to the need for a speedy and safe resolution to the current crisis of the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island.

This petition will be tabled to the Augusta Margaret River Shire Councillors and then onto the levels of government that can make the changes. For more info and to sign the petition ASAP please visit:



Margaret River Community Centre needs a treasurer

Supported by our in-house bookkeeper and accounts officer, the volunteer treasurer role on the management committee of the Margaret River Community Resource Centre Inc which operates the Margaret River Community Centre at the Old Hospital Heritage Precinct, is vacant.

The role is well-suited to someone with a financial background and an interest in community well-being. Experience with grant bodies would be a wonderful bonus.

Please consider if this is something you would enjoy or spread the word to people you know. Contact Lydell or Sally via the office on 9757 3200 to chat about the role.

Supporting the Margaret River community since 1984.

Margaret River Community Centre AGM August 18, 2017

At the recent AGM of the Margaret River Community Resource Centre, which operates the Margaret River Community Centre in the Old Hospital Heritage Precinct, Sally Hays was re-elected as the Chairperson with the full support of the volunteer management committee, who are also staying on for another year of service to our community.


We farewelled Kris Keen who retired after 20+years of guidance as the Centre’s Heritage Architect.


2017 FREE TAX HELP…. book now!

The closest Tax Help Centre this year is at the Busselton Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

If you are on a low income and have a straightforward tax return, trained volunteers can assist you to do your tax return for free. Not applicable for business returns, partnerships or trusts, CGT, rentals or contractors with an ABN.

Contact the Busselton Citizen’s Advice Bureau on 9751 1199 to check the income thresholds and make your appointment.

ACT NOW as dates are limited but may be extended if there is a need.

Award winning artist to offer painting workshops in Margaret River

Recently arrived to Margaret River, artist David Giles will be offering painting workshops starting this month.

Winner of twenty awards, Giles has exhibited globally and owns two art galleries in Fremantle. Giles starts the workshops with a demonstration, then with a focus on personal expression, participants are encouraged to “let go” and trust their intuition.

“More than five hundred people have participated in my workshops over the last twenty years with dozens going on to become award winning artists,’” says Giles.

“Whether you harbour an inner desire to become an exhibiting artist or just want to paint for fun, the workshops are always a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend the day. Many participants say how much it has changed their lives and helped them feel more relaxed.”

Suitable for all levels including the absolute novice, the workshops provide a unique opportunity to learn to express yourself through painting. The workshops will be held each month at the Margaret River Community Centre and are suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to professional.

To book, contact David Giles on 0416079204 or go to


The Margaret River Community Centre is a bustling place that is constantly evolving to meet community needs. Some significant changes around the place of late include:
– Nature Conservation Margaret River Region has launched…the rebranded Cape to Cape Catchments Group continues to operate here at the MRCC with a revamped approach to conserve Margaret River’s treasured natural environment.
– After 26 years operating at the MRCC, the Red Cross Shop has relocated to the main street, with modern, high profile premises inline with Red Cross’ state-wide changes to its retail approach. Check out the new shop and our story in this week’s Mail.
– Life Without Barriers is moving from its current rooms next to the commercial kitchen, to the old op shop (originally the Nurses’ Quarters) where Kerrie and her team will continue to provide support services for people living with a disability.
– the former LWB office becomes the new home for the Just Home group. The newly-appointed Housing Advocacy Officer will open the office three mornings a week from mid-August.
– After more than ten years of creative exchanges, our Artist-In-Residence program has come to an end. In response to demand, the rooms of the Matron’s Quarters are being refurbished and will be available for casual hire in 2018.

Some things stay the same – Soupie nights continue to warm the bellies and hearts of locals and visitors alike on Monday and Wednesday evenings 5-6pm and Fridays the Community Breakfasts are on at 8:30am. The not-for-profit Margaret River Community Centre for Children continues to provide quality childcare services for families, providing a homely and culturally diverse environment where children are nurtured and connected.

How long since you’ve had a walk around the Old Hospital Heritage Precinct?