Margaret River Named Western Australia’s First Transition Town

Margaret River has been officially awarded the status of a Transition Town under the UK-based international Transition Network.

Felicity Haynes, the spokesperson at Transition Margaret River, said that the announcement was heartening for the local community network that has been working for more than a year on a wide array of projects.

The news article “Margaret River WA’s first Transition Town” has full details on this story. It quotes Felicity as saying, “Transition is about making changes as we face a world with climate change and running out of cheap fossil fuels. It’s about changing negatives into positive responses that support the community.”

The spokesperson said that it’s especially thrilling to be named the first official Transition Town in WA as the group now has access to information and exchange of views with more than 450 transition groups across the globe with all teaming up under the banner of the Transition Network to deal with issues related to peak oil, climate change and a range of environmental and economic pressures.

Felicity said that Transition Margaret River started off as a grass-roots group known as Sustain Margaret River.

“We decided to change our focus to become Transition Margaret River to become an active part of the global transition movement,” she said, adding, “In our first year we have drawn together a growing number of local community groups and individuals to create a network of people who share common interests.”

In the first year of its inception, the groups has organised community gatherings, movie nights and a discussion to find answer to the question: “What are the opportunities for the Margaret River and Capes community to become more resilient in uncertain times?”

The projects currently being undertaken by Transition Margaret River include forming a Local Exchange Trading System, sharing organic produce, promoting productive street verges as well as an open art studios event. Also, there are interests in education, renewable energy, catchment management and sustainable transport.

“Receiving official status is timely as we are hosting a South West Transition Gathering in Margaret River in December for people interested in these sorts of issues,” said Felicity, before adding, “This will be a great opportunity to celebrate, share ideas and create momentum for sustainability across the south west.”

The gathering will take place on December 14th, 15th and 16th at the Tingrith Meeting House, 24 Hobson Road. Lodging is available.

For more details email or go to the website.

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About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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