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June 2018
Shire Matters is a monthly newsletter which summarises events and news within the Shire of Katanning. Community members can subscribe at and hard copies are still available at the Shire Administration, Library, Visitors Centre and Katanning Leisure Centre. If you have any suggestions or feedback please send them to
Albany Fires
On Friday 25 May 2018 firefighters battled more than 30 active fires in the City of Albany region, following a prescribed burn escaping the containment lines and dangerous winds fanned flames. Shire of Katanning’s Community Emergency Services Manager, Cindy Pearce and her bushfire volunteers left Katanning to provide bushfire assistance to the City of Albany in the Redmond area on early Friday morning.
Cindy Pearce has informed me that the timeline involved including the preparation on the Thursday, the early call out and departure at 1.00am, followed by the actual fire response on Friday 25 May 2018.  I understand that this involved in excess of 30 hours, which is a mighty effort.
On Monday 28 May 2018 I was also informed of the work of the local DFES team attending a recent call out and then clearing trees in the early hours of the morning, as well as the normal efforts of local St. Johns Ambulance crews including patient transfers.  Most citizens of the Shire are not aware of these efforts by our volunteers that are so essential for our community.
On behalf of the Shire of Katanning and community we express our sincere thank you and recognise the professionalism and dedication involved with these volunteers.
Gary Martin
Acting Chief Executive Officer

Reminder: Shire Pop Up Shop
In response to the community's need for further information about the Shire projects and activities, the Shire of Katanning has extended their pop-up shop at 100 Clive Street, Katanning.

The shop includes information regarding the upcoming and ongoing projects in Katanning and will give the community an opportunity to view, engage and discuss with Shire staff and Councillors.

Opening hours are as follows:
Wednesday (weekly), 9.00am - 12.00pm
Friday (weekly), 9.00am - 12.00pm

The Shire will continue the service until the Harmony Festival in March 2019.

For further information contact the Shire of Katanning on 9821 9999.

10 years of the Harmony Festival The Shire of Katanning is inviting the community to be a part of the 2019 Katanning Harmony Festival. We are anticipating over 7,000 attendees- our biggest festival yet.  We are so excited about showcasing our town and our fantastic festival so we have starting planning early! 

There are so many ways you can be involved:
- Book a stall
- Walk in the Flag Parade
- Sponsor the event
- Perform on one of 2 stages
- Hold an event before or after the festival
- Volunteer at the festival
- Help promote the festival through your business/group/networks
- Offer your business in the lead up to the festival (accommodation, food, tours, specials)

Contact Amy on 9821 9999 or for more info. 
Let's make the 2019 Harmony Festival the most successful yet!
Katanning Leisure Centre
Address: 4 Pemble Street
Phone: 9821 4399

1st Wednesday of each month: 1.00pm-3.00pm
Cost: $3 - Lots of Prizes to be won

2nd Wednesday of each month 1.00pm-3.00pm
Cost: $3 - Lots of Prizes to be won

3rd Wednesday of each month 12.00 - 1.30pm
Cost: $10 per month. Requires membership to Autumn Club for $5 per year.
Public Library
Address: 16 Austral Terrace
Phone: 9821 4300

Crocheting or Board gaming- choose your battle

Join us on Thursdays to test your crocheting skill or game board play. We have a smorgasbord of wool or games to choose from. Play in a group or as a dual. You can even challenge yourself to some crocheting while you are here, we have patrons who are more than happy to share their crocheting skills. Or maybe try multi-tasking, crocheting and game board play in the same time- it’s your Thursday afternoon, you decide. If you have a game board you would like to challenge others to, please feel to bring that along too.
For great community atmosphere and fun, see you at the library on Thursdays.

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Have you ever wanted to trace your family history but don’t know where to start?
Have you already begun the journey but have hit a wall?
Do you have the skills, time and know-how to help others in their ancestry search?

Drop in on Thursday afternoons during school terms to meet Wyn and Irene of the Katanning Genealogical Society. 

Did you know…?
You can have full access to free from within the Library! is an amazing tool for researching and mapping your family tree and normally full access requires an ongoing membership that costs $30 a month. Come on in, grab and cuppa and get lost in!

Life Long Readers Book Club
Meeting date: Friday 8 June
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Talking about: The Farmer's Wife

The Deniliquin Ute Muster had always been on Rebecca’s wish list, but with the farm and babies, she’d never managed to make it. Tonight, she decided to reclaim herself. After ten years being married to larrikin Charlie Lewis and living on her beloved property, Waters Meeting, Rebecca is confronted by a wife’s biggest fear, a mother’s worst nightmare and a farm business that’s bleeding to death. Can Rebecca find the inner strength she once had as a young jillaroo, to save everything she cherishes? Or is life about to teach her the hardest lesson: that sometimes you simply have to let go. This uplifting and insightful tale deals with the truth about love that the Cinderella stories never tell us. Rebecca’s journey is everywoman’s journey, and a resonant tale for our times.

Become a member
A Katanning Library membership gives you free online access to free online movies, ebooks, and audiobooks. Ask us at the library, we will show you how it works.

Brand new titles in the Library

Interlibrary requests
Katanning Public Library has started requesting books from other libraries through Spydus. So if you have an interlibrary loan request to place, and you have been holding on to it since our transition, we will be more than happy to request it for you now that we are more familiar with Spydus.
Spydus also offers patrons a more interactive platform online at Log in with your membership number as the borrower id, and 6317 as the password.
While logged into the website, patrons are able to make changes to their contact details, search through our catalogue, place reservations, place interlibrary loan request, suggest a purchase and much more!

Katanning Toy Library (KTL) is welcoming new members now! KTL is a not-for profit, fully volunteer run community group which loans out toys, games and puzzles to members like a book library. Our toys are suitable for children from 6 months to 6+ years of age.  We have approximately 450 toys available for loan including puzzles and boardgames, baby toys, imaginative play centres (kitchens, tool workshops, shops), push-along and ride on toys and bikes, and construction sets like duplo. We are currently open 10.30-11.30am Tuesday and Saturday in the Katanning Library. 
Public Art Gallery
Address: 16 Austral Terrace
Phone: 9821 4310

Gallery Opening Hours:   
Monday and Friday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 10.00am - 6.00pm
Wednesday: 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Free entry to all Gallery exhibitions- call James on 9821 4310 for more information.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Braeside Primary School Exhibition

Braeside Primary School

21/05/2018 to


Food, Fashion & Folklore

Shire - Library

13/06/2018 to


Gallery Painting


18/06/2018 to




06/06/2018 to


Single Artist Exhibition

Sunjung Bloomer

25/07/2018 to


The Wedding Dress

Shire - KACI - Community

20/08/2018 to


Blooming Arts- Bloom Festival

Shire - Helen Bignell - Garden Club

20/09/2018 to


Double Artist Exhibition

David Papenfus & Margaret Innes

01/10/2018 to


Machines and Makers

Shire - Arts on the Move

26/10/2018 to


The Last Ride performance


16/11/2018 to


Machines and Makers (reprise)

Shire - Arts on the Move

17/11/2018 to


Please note exhibitions can change. Follow us for regular updates

Amherst Lifestyle Village Vacancy
An exciting opportunity exists to purchase the License to Occupy Agreement for Unit 4 Amherst Village, Katanning.
Amherst Village is a Seniors accommodation village with 13 two bedroom units occupied by residents over 55 years of age. The village is centrally located in the Katanning town site close to shops and recreational facilities.
Expressions of interest forms and further information can be obtained from Cherrie at 9821 9999 or
Applications Open: Community Financial Assistance Program
Round 1 2018/2019 Applications Open
The Shire of Katanning Community Financial Assistance Programme (CFAP) provides funding support in 2 categories of up to, and over $5,000 each, to enable the Shire to support projects that promote community capacity, improve social participation and inclusion as well as enhance community harmony and social cohesion.
Each application will be assessed against the following criteria:
  1. Does the project meet a community need?
  2. Does the project benefit a sufficiently broad, or diverse, target group?
  3. Does the organisation have the capacity to undertake and manage the project?
  4. Does the application represent value for money?
  5. collaborative community wide projects are encouraged;
  6. demonstrating alignment with the Shire of Katanning community vision
To submit an application for CFAP funding, applicants must complete an application form located on the Shire of Katanning website at or at the Shire of Katanning administration building.
Please read the guidelines located on the website prior to submitting an application. Applications are to be received by Friday 29 June 2019.
Further enquiries about the CFAP should be directed to Amy Knight on (08) 9821 9999 or
Community members in the Shire of Katanning recently completed a new one-day tour guide training course that was featured in the Tourism WA e-newsletter.
Council Meeting Highlights
May 2018
The following items were approved at the Council meeting:

1. Fees and Charges
Council adopted the Fees & Charges for 2018/19 to be effective from 1 July 2018.
2. Saleyards Canteen
Council accepted the Licence Agreement for the Sheep Saleyards Canteen operators.

All Council Agendas and minutes can be found at
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