Augusta-Margaret River Shire president Julia Meldrum named to South West Development Commission board

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Shire president Julia Meldrum will join the South West Development Commission board.
Camera IconShire president Julia Meldrum will join the South West Development Commission board. Credit: Supplied

Shire of Augusta-Margaret River president Julia Meldrum will take a seat on the South West Development Commission board as one of two new members announced this week.

Based in Bunbury, SWDC bills itself as a State Government authority focused on development and job creation, as well as providing guidance for the business sector and access to government services.

SWDC has had a guiding hand in past projects including the Augusta boat harbour and Margaret River perimeter road, as well as redevelopment of Margaret River’s main street.

Ms Meldrum said the new role would help advocacy for the region by giving it a greater voice.

“It means we have a greater voice in the decision making and will ensure the shire’s broader values and goals are represented,” she said.

“I see the appointment as an extension of my role as shire president, delivering the best outcomes for our residents and environment without compromising the region’s unique characteristics.”

Ms Meldrum said population and tourism growth, the pressures on local government services, infrastructure and the local environment, were among her key considerations.

She said she was keen to support sustainable development that strengthened the community while also protecting the natural environment.

Her appointment — as well as that of WA Country Health Service regional Aboriginal health consultant Michelle Munns — runs until the end of 2025.

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