Mar­kets ripe for ex­ports

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Pic­ture: Pierra Wil­lix

Fig­ures show the value of Aus­tralian wine ex­ports grew by 10 per cent in the last fi­nan­cial year, with China shin­ing as the most valu­able des­ti­na­tion for Mar­garet River pro­duc­ers. Wines of WA chair­man Red­mond Sweeny says the news is good, but tra­di­tional mar­kets in­clud­ing the UK and US shouldn’t be for­got­ten.

Shire of Au­gusta-Mar­garet River of­fi­cers have re­buffed the sug­ges­tions of a for­mer coun­cil­lor and ar­chi­tect on ways to im­prove the main street de­vel­op­ment pro­ject.

At the July 12 coun­cil meet­ing, Lin­ton Hods­don called for changes to the Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive’s key per­for­mance tar­gets, which he said were mis­di­rected and vague.

Mr Hods­don sug­gested the main street de­vel­op­ment plan’s finer de­tails be put out for pub­lic com­ment, and more ef­fort be put into ac­ti­vat­ing the Old Set­tle­ment.

He also urged that the sale of a block at Churchill Av­enue be put on hold, claim­ing it could al­low space for a round­about on the main street rather than traf­fic lights, which he said would “go down as well as a McDon­ald’s” in Mar­garet River. The item was de­ferred pend­ing a coun­cil­lor workshop, but in a writ­ten re­sponse, staff de­ter­mined all sug­ges­tions were un­nec­es­sary.

Mr Hods­don re­turned to coun­cil this week and ques­tioned whether the pro­ject was “locked in” be­fore the traf­fic report was made pub­lic on June 30. Coun­cil­lor Mike Smart went to an­swer but Shire pres­i­dent Ian Earl said: “I’d be hap­pier at this stage to take this on no­tice. I’m not sure where this is go­ing.”

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