Centre News

Courts renewed ahead of basketball season

Local basketballers will have a spring their step this upcoming season with the courts at the Margaret River Recreation Centre set to be renewed next month.

The works, which form part of the centre’s annual maintenance program, include repairing damaged boards as well as sanding and resealing the playing surface.

Shire of Augusta Margaret River Recreation Services Coordinator Seb Miller said it was important to maintain a good quality court surface for both the enjoyment of the game and to reduce the risk of injury.  

“Anyone who has played basketball knows what happens when there are dead spots on the court – it often means bad bounces and jarring for ankles and knees,” he said.

“This ongoing investment into the courts will ensure the community has high quality recreation facilities for years to come.”
The courts will be unavailable from Monday 20 September to Sunday 26 September inclusive while the renewal is underway.
All affected bookings have been notified and any further queries can be directed to recreation@amrshire.wa.gov.au or 97805620.

Nippers Oval temporarily closed due to turf damage

Nippers Oval in Margaret River will be temporarily closed to prevent further damage to the turf, following several weeks of heavy rain and waterlogging.

The oval will be closed to sporting groups for at least a week. Residents accessing the oval to exercise dogs will need to use an alternative location nearby until the end of August.

The alternative dog exercise area is located next to the Margaret River Bowling Club, in close walking distance from the Nippers Oval and is fully fenced.

Shire Parks and Gardens staff who manage the oval recommended minimising usage of Nippers Oval for the rest of the month.

Shire Coordinator Recreation, Seb Miller said temporarily moving the dog exercise area would help reduce the volume of users accessing Nippers Oval.

 “It’s been a very wet winter and this oval in particular doesn’t drain quickly,” he said.

“As a result, big sections have turned to mud so we need to make a tough call to balance how it’s used until the rain eases up.

“At this time of year, we have a lot of different sporting groups using all the ovals.

“Whilst our preference would be to close this oval off to everyone, there aren’t enough alternative ovals to play on.

“We are asking dog owners to help out by using the fenced area nearby.”

Signs will be in place to advise dog owners about the alternative area.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Alternative Dog Exercise Area Due to Nippers Oval Turf Damage

Storm Damaged Pool Set to Open

Exciting news!

The pool will open a week earlier than expected, on Monday 9 August. Here's a mini update on how things are tracking to make it ready for you all.

  • Water temp is currently 20.9 degrees. It's heating at approximately 1 degree per day. We're aiming to get it as close to 28 degrees as possible for opening day.
  • Water quality tests are looking good.
  • Repairs to the heat pumps are done.
  • Repairs to address rust on part of the internal roof cladding is done.

Thanks once again for your patience, we know how much everyone loves the pool and has missed it this month.