Tourism & Events Information Session – How to Attract & Plan for Everyone

Business Sundowner

Where: Margaret River Council Chambers

When: Tuesday 4 August 2020

Time: 5pm – 7:30pm (networking between 5pm – 5:30pm)
Complimentary refreshments and finger food provided

RSVP to Jessica Black at or (08) 9780 5276

Join 30 Foot Drop for a business sundowner focused on why accessible and inclusive tourism and events are worth investing in. This session will be informative, interactive and entertaining; you will have an opportunity to network with like-minded businesses and come away with research-based knowledge.

This session will focus on why people with a disability are essential to the success of tourism and events in our region, as well as how to make your business attractive to this often overlooked and under-serviced segment of the market.

Funded by the Lighthouse Project, delivered by Local Government Professionals Australia WA. Funding for the Lighthouse Project is provided under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) stream and administered by the Department of Communities.

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020 – virtually!

To celebrate Library and Information week, Storybox Library has a special online presentation of Emma from the Wiggles reading Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford for National Simultaneous Storytime!

Have your library barcode ready to click here and log in to Storybox at 11am today for a storytime that is shared by thousands of other children across Australia simultaneously.

You can also find activity sheets and colouring in at the Australian Library and Information Association’s website: 

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual event now in it’s 20th year and hosted by the Australian Library and Information Association. Each year a picture book written and illustrated by an Australian artist is read all around the country at the same time in schools, libraries, child care centres and homes everywhere.

We hope you enjoy the story with your child and the opportunity to celebrate fantastic Australian children’s literature.



Meet Spaced 4 Rural Utopias Artist In Residence Ella Sutherland

Spaced 4: Rural Utopias is a program of residencies and socially engaged art Projects in regional and remote Western Australian communities. Margaret River Library is hosting an information session about the program and introducing the artist in residence, Sydney-based artist Ella Sutherland on Wednesday 18th March, 4-5.30pm.

Light refreshments provided.

International Art Space is a leading West Australian arts organisation, presenting a program of ambitious and dynamic socially engaged and context-responsive art. They create diverse and challenging experiences for artists and communities through contemporary visual art.

Spaced 4: Rural Utopias is a multi-year program of residencies and socially engaged art Projects. The program focuses on the idea of “Rural Utopias” and includes 15 artists from Australia, USA, Italy, UK, Austria and Indonesia

As part of this program Sydney-based Artist Ella Sutherland will spend six weeks in Margaret River, starting from the 12th March.  Over the course of her residency, the artist will draw on archival material, print techniques, experimental typography and collaborative working methodologies to develop a collection of forms that will constitute a new 26-character alphabet. The resulting font will be exhibited and reinserted back into circulation in the form of collaboratively developed short texts.

Come along to the library to hear Soula Veyradier introduce the Spaced 4: Rural Utopias program. Welcome Ella Sutherland to Margaret River and find out how the whole community can be a part of this exciting project. More information about Spaced 4 can be found Here.


Lily Malone is coming to Augusta Library

If you missed the author talk by Lily Malone recently, don’t worry, she is speaking again at the Augusta Library on Tuesday 10th March, 10 – 11am. Light refreshments will be served so please RSVP for catering to or Ph: 9780 5670

Here is a snapshot of Lily Malone showing off some of her book titles with Penny Wise and Kerry Darnell

Tuesday 10th March, 10 – 11am at Augusta Library

Come along and meet successful Cowaramup author Lily Malone. Lily has now written six rural romance stories including her latest novel ‘Last Bridge Before Home’. Her ‘get to know the author’ talks have been very popular at other libraries in the South West and now it’s our turn to welcome our own local talent. She talks about her writing, finding balance with writing and her real life as Anita Donaldson and a bit about the stories themselves. All welcome and the venue is easily accessible.

‘No one was watching’, a talk by Dr Annie Horner

Thursday 12th March, 6 – 7.30pm at Margaret River Library

 ‘No One Was Watching’ provides an alternative, imaginative entree into the once-hidden world of ‘Forgotten Australians’, a cohort of non- Indigenous men and women who were institutionalized as children. As one anonymous care-leaver begged ‘ Let our histories be visible’. The author hopes her book does just that and that these stories remind us of both our individual and collective roles in protecting children and promoting their welfare and safety into the future. Dr Annie Horner (PhD), Alumni of the Edith Cowan University South West campus, launched ‘No One Was Watching’ in May 2019. She will be speaking at the Margaret River Library about her book and presenting her valuable research behind writing her novel.

Light refreshments provided. RSVP to or Ph: 9780 5600

Meet local author Lily Malone at the Margaret River Library

Lily Malone

Thursday 27th February, 6 – 7.30pm

Come along and meet successful Cowaramup author Lily Malone. Lily has now written six rural romance stories including her latest novel ‘Last Bridge Before Home’. Her ‘get to know the author’ talks have been very popular at other libraries in the South West and now it’s our turn to welcome our own local talent. She talks about her writing, finding balance with writing and her real life and a bit about the stories themselves. Please RSVP for catering purposes to or ph: 9780 5600.


Author talk by Gary McKay: a unique oral history approach

Thursday 13th February, 6 – 7.30pm

After 30 years in a distinguished career in the Australian Army, Gary is now pursuing his second career as a full-time writer and freelance historian. He will be talking about his books and how he uses his oral history technique as the basis for his research. Gary is the author of ‘On patrol with the SAS’; ‘Firefighters’, ‘All guts and no glory’, ‘With Healing Hands – The untold story of Australian civilian surgical teams in Vietnam’, ‘Australia’s Battlefields In Viet Nam – A Traveller’s Guide’ and many more.
Margaret River Library. Light refreshments provided. RSVP to or Ph: 9780 5600

Three Capes Track Tasmania: a travel talk by Dr Pam Lynch

Thursday 14th November, 6 – 7:30pm

Four days, three nights, stunning coastline with spectacular dolomite pillars rising in their architectural magnificence from the ocean floor. Autumn colours dripping in the misty rain, silence, a climb to the top of Mt Fortescue, a Lord of the Rings type magical forest, green and mossy and dark and dank and then an unrivaled view as we stood looking down into the abyss where the Southern Ocean meets the Tasman Sea. Where are we?

We’re at the South East corner of Tasmania and we’ve just completed the Three Capes Track walk and we’ve loved every minute. Come and listen as Dr Pam Lynch takes you on a trip along this track in a beautiful part of the country and see what this area of Tasmania has to offer.

Light refreshments provided. The Library is an easily accessible venue. All welcome. RSVP by 13th November to or Ph: 9780 5600

Photo of Pam Lynch in Tasmania
Pam Lynch travelling in Tasmania

It’s Get Online Week!

It’s Get Online Week, and libraries all over Australia are holding events to promote the benefits of getting online, especially for over-50s. These activities are supported by grants from the Federal Government Be Connected initiative, which is administered by the Good Things Foundation.

To celebrate Get Online Week, we’re holding a community lunch at the Margaret River Library (see the previous blog post for details). Unfortunately, the lunch is now fully booked. However, you can still get online or help a friend to get online.

Click on the links below to discover some online resources you may not have realised were available to you:

The Absolute Basics
Be Connected provides answers to basic questions including: What is a computer? What is the Internet?

Avoiding Scams & Tricks
Be Connected helps you to stay safe online!

Be Connected Topic Library
Explore the full range of topics that Be Connected can help you with

Video Tutorials for Library Services
Find out how to use a range of online library resources, including e-books and e-audiobooks.

Stay safe and have fun!

Community lunch @ the Margaret River Library

Image of older adult being assisted with technology

We are celebrating Get Online Week with a free community lunch at the Margaret River Library at 12 noon on Thursday 17 October. Places are limited so BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.

The lunch is supported by a grant from the Federal Government Be Connected program. Be Connected is administered by the Good Things Foundation, and aims to encourage over-50s to build on their digital skills.

All the community is welcome, but over-50s are especially invited to attend the lunch.

We’ll be available to answer your questions about getting online, and to demonstrate online resources. All the booked attendees will be given a take-home gift of a USB storage device, pre-loaded with helpful links to encourage them to get online.

To book your place, RSVP to with your name and phone number, or call 9780 5600, or drop into your local library branch.

The Margaret River Library is an accessible venue.

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Margaret River Library

Fearn Avenue, Margaret River WA 6285
Phone: (08) 9780 5600