About AMRCCE

AMRCCE acknowledges the Wadandi Pibulman peoples as the rightful custodians of the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River. We pay our respects to Ancestors and Elders and recognise the Wadandi Pibulman peoples enduring connection to this land. 

Forest

AMRCCE is a not-for-profit community action group dedicated to reducing overall carbon emissions in Augusta Margaret River.

Our community’s desire to reduce carbon emissions led to a 2010 Shire commitment to reduce carbon emissions from energy consumption.

To achieve this, it was calculated we needed to establish a grid connected 10MW clean energy facility.

Community Lead

Augusta Margaret River Clean Community Energy Incorporated was established in May 2017 to bring this ambitious aim to fruition. AMRCCE will spearhead this multimillion dollar project to ensure it has a component of community ownership. Our vision is to use profits earned by the eventual facility to support ongoing community emissions reduction projects.

Best Energy Solutions

We are aiming for an overall 20% emissions reduction through a decrease in consumption, increase in clean energy use, and other strategies that lower our carbon footprint.

Building & Maintaining The Energy

IMAGINE generating clean and green renewable energy in our shire

Augusta Margaret River Clean Community Energy’s first step is to produce a bankable proposition to obtain the investment necessary to turn the dream of a renewables facility into reality. Preliminary modelling shows it is possible, and we are continually reviewing our assumptions, and updating our modelling, to ensure we are going in the right direction. This is a mammoth task and a rigorous process, particularly as most of the work is being done pro bono.

Expert Team

We Have a Professional Committee

AMRCCE is managed by a Management Committee consisting of Chair; Deputy Chair; Secretary, Treasurer and Management Committee Members. From time to time sub-committees co-opt additional persons to assist its activities as required. Current Management Committee Members were elected at our last AGM and are listed below. 

The organisation itself is entirely staffed by volunteers. As is usual in organisations such as ours, besides our regular volunteers many people have volunteered to make our activities possible throughout the year. We thank each and everyone of your valued contribution.

Jessica Worrall

Chair

Jessica Worrall has been a small business owner since 2000 initially as a grape grower, wine producer and then starting up and operating a cellar door.  Prior to moving to Margaret River, Jessica worked for 20 years as an engineer in Oil & Gas after obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) in 1986.  Jessica has volunteered in a multitude of community groups in a variety of roles and has experience in boards, in applying for and acquitting grants, to organising community events.

Lyn Serventy

Deputy Chair

Lyn Serventy BA, ABDB has worked as a teacher, Community Arts Manager and Lecturer in Viticulture. She served 11 years as a Councillor on the Augusta Margaret River Council including a term as Deputy Shire President. She brings a great deal of experience of working with the community of the Augusta Margaret River Shire to establish better ways of doing things both on-the-ground as a pioneer of organic viticulture, and in the planning arena through working at all levels of community, local government and Government to establish soundly-based sustainable planning.

Beth Dowling

Treasurer

Beth Dowling, B.Bus, CPA has lived in Margaret River since 1982 and worked locally as a public accountant and business adviser since 1993, retiring in 2018. Beth has been in the position of treasurer for several community organisations including Nyindamurra Family School (now Margaret River Independent School) and Margaret River Business and Professional Women’s Association. She served on the Margaret River Hospital Board as Chair and on the finance sub-committee.

Her life reflects a strong desire to maintain a sustainable lifestyle and the preservation of the natural environment.

Linda Kotzian

Secretary

After studying art history Linda Kotzian has worked as an art mediator in museums for 10 years, conducting educational workshops and conversational tours. She is experienced in cultural education in early childhood through developing programs in cooperation with kindergardens and schools. Her volunteering work in Germany focussed on raising awareness of food waste and building up community-based food-saving systems.
After moving to Margaret River in 2021 she started working in the art sector and engaging in community groups such as the soup kitchen. She volunteers for AMRCCE as S

ecretary and focuses on promoting the group and engaging people of this community.

Bruce Hamilton

Committee Member

Dr Bruce Hamilton has worked to improve natural resource management in WA for over 30 years in Government, as a senior officer in the EPA and the Water and Rivers Commission, as the Chief Executive of the Waterways Commission, as a member of a number of Government Boards and committees, and as a member of the Board of Greening Australia WA for seven years.  He has a keen interest in restoring our landscapes and rivers to a healthy and sustainable condition, especially the native vegetation. In recent years Bruce has worked as a private consultant in environmental, natural resource and organisational management. He is a member of the Lower Blackwood Land Conservation District Committee (LCDC) and lives in Augusta.

David Hargreaves

Committee Member

David Hargreaves is a commercial lawyer with over 20 year's experience working for national and international law firms, and more recently, government.  David was quick to offer assistance when asked to be involved with the AMRCCE, and has been instrumental in assisting with legal and other aspects of achieving its goals.

Ian Williams

Committee Member

Ian Williams BCom, CPA retired after four decades as a senior executive in the financial services sector working for large insurance companies with state, national and international operations and as CEO of a Credit Union. He has had experience in partnering and joint ventures and with due diligence processes, mergers, acquisitions and divestment of businesses. He has and has had a number of positions as a non-executive director in the private and government sector. He is a trustee of a not-for-profit charity focussed on raising funds to help children who have special needs.

Torben Grell

Committee Member

Torben Grell started his career as a plumber working with conventional and renewable energy systems. He became interested in renewable energy technologies in the early 2000s leading him to complete a Bachelor and Master degrees in Engineering - Building- and Environmental 

Energy Technologies (Fh Münster) focussing on heat reuse from industrial combustion processes, Biogas production and digestate treatment. He later worked on industrial energy monitoring to increase efficiency and minimise consumption. In 2019 Torben became a volunteer and then contractor with AMRCCE in the Z-Filter trial of effluent separation supervised by University Southern Queensland (USQ). Currently, Torben is doing his PhD in Carbon reduction and recycling from agricultural waste, investigates Biogas potential in the dairy sector and other industries and provides technical support with cooperation’s between research facilities (UWA & USQ) and Industry partners.

 

Volunteers Needed

We Are Ready For Clean Energy : Can you Help?

Augusta Margaret River Clean Community Energy is fully run by volunteers. We are currently in need of volunteer support in:

  • Technical expertise
  • Administration
  • Legal expertise
  • Financial expertise
  • Assistance with community events
  • Assistance with developing projects

If you are able to help in any of these areas, or have other skills you would like to offer, please sign up to volunteer here.