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 www.davidgilesartgallery.com


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?

Harmony Day: 21 March…A week of creative activities to celebrate diversity and community

Harmony Day is a day of celebrating cultural diversity and community in Australia. Cynamon, from Wild Art Weaving, has planned a range of creative and multi-cultural workshops and events in the lead up to this year’s Harmony Day. Contact Cynamon to book via 0421 218 476 or 9757 2936 or wildartweaving@gmail.com

Fri 17th March: Twine Basket Weaving with rope
10-2pm at the Margaret River Community Centre, $40pp ($20 if you’ve been to a previous workshop)

Sat 18th March: Weaving Circle Gathering
1-4pm at Matan’s Gallery. Byo weaving projects, friends, friendship and nibbles.

Sun 19th March: Melon Basket Workshop with local natural materials
10-3pm at the Margaret River Community Centre, $50pp
In this new workshop, you will be using twine weaving technique to create an oval- shaped artistic basket with a handle. We will be using local natural materials as much as possible eg. flexible vines/branches, dried arum lilly and watsonia, grasses, raffia… Only a few places for this one!

Tues 21st March, HARMONY DAY: Uthando Project, making dolls for disadvantaged children and women in Africa
1-2.30 pm at the MR Library *Please book at the Library 9780 5600
This project is a lovely creative way to send care and support to children, families and communities in Africa. The sewn/knitted dolls are sent to 5 charities in Africa and distributed to many children and women who use these dolls for trauma therapy and to improve communication. And some dolls are just used to play with! Kits, patterns, ideas will be shared at this intro workshop and fundraising kits will be available for purchase.

Wed 22nd March: Tatami Coil Baskets with used rope
10-12 pm at the Margaret River Community Centre, $25pp

Mental Health First Aid Course – Margaret River

Mental Health First Aid Course
Mondays 6th and 13th February 2017
Margaret River

Mental Health First Aid Course Feb 2017

This is a 2-day course that teaches adults first aid skills in order to give initial help to adults experiencing mental health problems, in a mental health crisis situation or in the early stages of a mental illness.

The training is an educational course, focusing on improving knowledge, understanding and recognition of mental health issues, along with developing skills and sharing resources to support someone developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. It will teach the ‘first aid’ or emergency care skills that can assist until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

The course is free to family carers.

Please contact Marie at GP Down South to register:
T: 9754 3662 E: mhteam@gpdownsouth.com.au