Markets ripe for exports
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.”