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October 2017
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

Harmony Festival 2018
Stall Holder Expression of Interest

Save the date for Harmony Festival 2018, Saturday 17 March 2018.
Local stall holder applications open on Monday 2 October 2017.
Entertainment applications open on Monday 2 October 2017.
Non-local stall holder applications open Wednesday 1 November 2017. 
Application forms are located on the Shire of Katanning website or hard copy can be collected from the Shire Administration Office. The Shire's Community Development team is available to work with local businesses, committees, groups and individuals to ensure all members of the Katanning community have the opportunity to participate in the festival.
Experience something different, learn something new and taste something delicious at the 2018 Katanning Harmony Festival. This street festival showcases the positive aspect of Katanning's cultural diversity as the community comes together to offer a festival that promises colour, culture, connection and excitement. Wander through Clive Street and enjoy live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, kids zone, hands on activities, displays, market stalls and an international food village. 
Local Food Stall Holder Application forms are now available online
If you would like to find out more, please contact the Community Relations Officer, Sophie on 9821 9999 or email

Local Government Ordinary Election
2017 Ordinary Election Katanning
Date of Election   21 October 2017
Returning Officer   Jill Richardson 0427 211 474
Vacancies   (5) Councillors
Expiry Term   16 October 2021
D'APRILE, Kristy
COLLIS, Matthew
To view the candidates profiles please visit Local Government Elections website
How to vote
The 2017 Ordinary Election in Katanning is a postal vote. All eligible electors will receive a postal voting package around three weeks prior to polling day. The package will include a list of candidates, ballot papers, instructions on how to vote and a declaration. To vote, follow the instructions included in the package. The Returning Officer must receive your postal voting package before 6.00 pm on polling day. If you do not think that your postal voting package can be returned by post in time, you can deliver it by hand to the Shire of Katanning Administration Office.
While voting in a local government election is not compulsory in Western Australia, all electors are strongly encouraged to vote.

For electors who do not speak English well and require assistance, please visit the Other Languages page.

Nominations for Citizen of the Year 2018

Nomination forms are now available from the Shire Office for the Citizen of the Year Awards or submit your nomination online. The awards are to be presented on Australia Day 26 January 2018.
Categories are:
Citizen of the Year
Citizen of the Year - Senior (25 years or older)
Citizen of the Year - Youth (under 25 years)
Active Citizenship (Group / Event)
Nominees should have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year, or have given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years. Postal nominations must be marked 'Confidential - Citizen of the Year Awards' and be addressed to:
Chief Executive Officer
Shire of Katanning
PO Box 130
Katanning WA 6317
Nominations close on Tuesday 31 October 2017

Nominations for Community Citizen Long Service Award 2018
The Community Long Service Award is an award that recognises a local citizen who has provided volunteer service(s) to the Katanning community over a long period of time. The Shire of Katanning is proud to support this award and the winner will be announced at the Australia Day Breakfast on 26 January 2018 alongside of the Citizen of the Year Awards.
To nominate a special person that you think deserves this recognition please visit the Shire's website and download the nomination form. Alternatively, nomination forms will be available at the Shire Office on request. Nomination forms can be handed to the Shire Office or posted to PO Box 130, Katanning WA 6317.
Nominations close on Tuesday 31 October 2017

Katanning 2027
Strategic Community Plan

In early 2017 the Shire sought community input to help develop a new Strategic Community Plan that reflects the future aspirations and vision of the Katanning community. The Strategic Community Plan will become the Shire’s highest level strategic document and will outline the long-term vision, values, aspirations and priorities for Katanning over the next ten years. Public participation was high and a wide range of methods were used to ensure community involvement, including workshops, surveys, postcards, informal clinics, asset mapping at schools and community groups, community meetings and focus groups. We had an unprecedented response with 1964 people participating, and the Shire of Katanning wish to thank the community for fully engaging in the process. With such a huge response collating the feedback has taken much longer than anticipated but we are pleased to say the draft Strategic Community Plan is almost complete and will be out soon for community response.

A draft of the Strategic Community Plan will be presented to Council and once approved the Draft Plan will be published on the Shire’s website and the community will be encouraged to read and provide further comment.

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

2017 Bloom Festival
15 September - 15 October 2017

The Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern would like to invite the community to enjoy the 2017 Bloom Festival, presented by Act-Belong-Commit. This year they have a record number of 79 events in 9 Shires of the Great Southern Region with many activities - there will be something for everyone.
Please see the programme online or find a hard copy at the Shire of Katanning, Visitor Centre, Katanning Library, Katanning Leisure Centre or the CRC.
As part of the 2017 Bloom Festival, the Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern are running a colouring in competition for children and adults with prizes to be won. Colouring in designs can be downloaded here

For further information please contact Sophie Justins on 9821 9999 or email

Katanning Eco Fair

Katanning Landcare would like to thank all of the funders, volunteers, stallholders, presenters, entertainers and patrons who attended the Katanning EcoFair, Bloom Festival Launch, Farmers Markets and Poultry Auction on Saturday 16 September 2017.
We could not have asked for a nicer day, nor could we have anticipated the amazing support it would receive from the community. We are delighted to announce that there was an estimated 1700 people through the gates on the day!
Don’t forget to check out all of the other events happening during EcoWeek and the Bloom Festival. Events can be found online at or, including these Katanning events:

- Shop Smart=Less Waste (Saturday 7th October)
- Open Gardens (Saturday 7th October)
- Clean Up Day (Sunday 8th October)
- Flower Arranging (Tuesday 10th October)
- Family Movie Night featuring A Bugs Life and Bag It! (Friday 13th October)
- Earth Kids (Friday 13th October)
- Great Camp Out (Saturday 14th October)
- Drying to Preserve (Sunday 15th October)
- Swap ’n’ Style Clothing Swap (Friday 20th October)
For further information please contact Andrea from Katanning Landcare on 9821 4327. 

Shire Administration Building Update

Following the Expression of Interest through public tender the building companies listed below have been selected as acceptable tenderers for the Shire Administration Building Construction:
Badge Constructions Pty Ltd
BGC Construction Pty Ltd
Cockram Construction Pty Ltd
Firm Construction Pty Ltd
Perkins (WA) Pty Ltd
Pindan Construction Pty Ltd
Wauters Enterprises Pty Ltd
Local contractors and suppliers are invited to contact these companies directly if they wish. 
For further information please contact Sophie Justins on 9821 9999 or email

Mosquito Management for Katanning

Recently the Shire of Katanning arranged for the Parks and Gardens Leading Hand and Ranger to attend a mosquito management course which was facilitated by the Western Australian Health Department. It is recognized as one of the most comprehensive and effective courses available to all agencies to combat the mosquito menace.
The course was modeled on the South Australian campaign version titled “Fight the Bite” and has been adopted by Health Department WA.  Attending delegates came from many WA local governments, Northern territory, South Australia, New South Wales, PNG and the New Zealand Defence Force.
The course was intensive and covered all aspects of mosquito biology and ecology, surveillance and monitoring techniques, environmental considerations in mosquito control.  Chemical control, public awareness and communications and mosquito identification. The course also covered the transmission of mosquito borne diseases.
Practical and theoretical methods of mosquito control, including both larvae and adult control with chemicals and fogging techniques were demonstrated.
The use of larvasides and adultsides were demonstrated to use the most effective means to control the spread of mosquitos.
The shire will commence mosquito control operations by the end of the week on 28 September, this will involve the use of growth regulators in an effort to prevent larvae from pupating and reaching adulthood and fogging areas of known breeding zones.
The shire wishes to advise all residents that the chemicals used are accredited by the WA Health as being totally safe to humans, poultry, water fowl, aquatic animals, pets and livestock.  Larvasides used specifically target mosquito larvae and are growth inhibitors, this prevents them from maturing into adult flying mosquitos.
Fogging operations are to be conducted at dawn or dusk and is dependent on weather conditions and prevailing wind at the time of proposed operations.
It should be noted that fogging is a short-term solution and is residual for only 2-3 days, again depending on the weather conditions and only targets adult mosquitos present in the fogged area.
The control of larvae is the most efficient method of mosquito control and all residents can assist by ensuring there are no containers with water left in their yards, septic tank vents have mesh installed and water tanks sealed to prevent mosquito breeding.
Mosquitos are known to breed in small containers, such as coffee cups, old tyres, pot plant bases etc.. The cycle from egg to adult can be as little as 8 days depending on the species, available food and climatic conditions.  Again it is important that no containers are left out to allow mosquito breeding, if we all do our bit then the bite will be less and the management process more successful and easier for the shire to conduct.
For further information please contact the Shire Office on 9821 9999.

Roosters, Geese, Turkeys, Peafowl and Gamebirds
Local law for the Katanning townsite regarding roosters, geese, turkeys, peafowl and gamebirds:
1. An occupier of premises within the townsite shall not, without the written approval of the Council, keep or permit to be kept on those premises, any more than one of the following fowl:
a) a goose or gander;
b) a turkey;
c) a peacock or peahen;
d) a gamebird (including emu & ostrich)
2. An occupier of premises within a townsite shall not keep or permit to be kept on those premise any more than one rooster.
3. The Council may upon written application, grant approval with or without conditions to the owner or occupier of premises to keep any one or more birds as specified in subsection (1) & (2).
4. A person who has been granted approval under this section to keep a bird may keep the bird on the premises only while he is the occupier thereof.
5. The Council may revoke an approval granted under this section if it is of the opinion that the keeping of the birds specified in the approval is causing a nuisance or is injurious, offensive or dangerous to health.

2017 - 2018 Rates
The first payment of the 2017 - 2018 financial years rates are due on 16 October 2017. If you miss the first due date of your rates, please make payment immediately and be aware that penalty interest will begin to accrue and the early payment discount will no longer apply.  Ratepayers experiencing financial difficulty who are not able to meet the instalment amounts on rates notices are encouraged to contact the Shire to enter into a payment arrangement of more manageable amounts.
If you have not received your rate notice, or you have any queries, please contact the Shire immediately 9821 9999.
Katanning Leisure Centre
Address: 4 Pemble Street
Phone: 9821 4399

Les Mill's RPM - Starting October 2017
Keep watch for further information on launch dates

What is RPM?RPM is a group indoor cycling workout where you control the intensity. It's fun, low impact and you can burn up to 675 calories a session.

With great music pumping and the group spinning as one, your instructor takes you on a journey of hill climbs, sprints and flat riding. In an RPM workout you repeatedly spin the pedals to reach your cardio peak then ease back down, keeping pace with the pack to lift your personal performance and boost your cardio fitness.
RPM is a great way to build up your sense of personal achievement. You can draw on the group's energy and fin your rhythm in the music. You control your own resistance levels and speed so you can build up your fitness level over time. It's a journey, not a race!
Bookings will be essential
10 places available each session
$11.50/casual visit or become a Gold Member
Contact the Katanning Leisure Centre staff for further information 9821 9999.



Property Compliance for the 17/18 Bushfire Season
Your responsibilities as a property owner/tenant
Volunteer Fire Fighters would like to thank all property owners that completed hazard reduction work on their land before the last fire season.
Managing the fire risks on your property assists volunteer fire fighters if a fire was to start in the area.
A Fire Management Requirement Notice will be sent to Property Owners with their Rates Notice. This gives you the information on the standard of work required for your property to reduce the fire hazard over the summer period.
If you are using a contractor to complete work please contact them now to ensure that the work can be completed by the due date of 1 November 2017 and must be maintained through until the 30 April 2018.
Fire Control Officers from the Shire will start inspecting properties in the first week of November and infringements will be issued to those that don't meet the requirements.
If you have any questions please contact the Shire on 9821 9999.


Restricted Burning Period
1 October  – 31 October
The Restricted Burning Period commences on the 1 October and will be in place until 31 October. A ‘Permits to Burn’ is required for all fires lit during this period. A Permit is free of charge and can be obtained from the Shire Office or your local Fire Control Officer. Please note any fire you light is your reasonability to manage. As of the 1 November burning is prohibited until the 15 February. A copy of the Fire Management Requirement Notice is available on the shire website. 
For further details please contact the Community Emergency Services Manager Cindy Pearce on 0417 071 567 or your local Fire Control Officer.  


Clear House Numbers for Emergency Services
Emergency service responders are requesting all households to check their house street number. Please ensure your house street number is clear and visible from the road. Clear and visible street numbers assists emergency services in responding quickly to any emergency including fire, ambulance or police. If your house does not have a clear and visible street number this can cause a delay in response.
If you have any questions please contact the Shire on 9821 9999.

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October 2017
Want to know how to keep informed during an emergency?
Emergency WA is a new website which provides you with the best available information and community warnings about emergencies in Western Australia.
You will find alerts and warnings about fires, floods, storms, earthquakes, cyclones, hazardous material incidents and more.

Other features of the website include:
- Links to information on preparing for an emergency
- Access to information on Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans
- A Google map display showing the location of active emergency incidents and warnings across Western Australia
- Information about active prescribed burns being undertaken by government agencies and private landowners.

But remember:
- Always seek information from a variety of sources during emergencies. Never rely on any one source.
- Be aware of your surroundings, stay connected with your community and take action for your safety at the first sign of fire or other emergency.
- Bookmark to your mobile device or desktop to enable quick access during an emergency.

For more information:
- Visit the Emergency WA website
- Contact the Local Community Emergency Services Manager, Cindy Pearce on 0417 071 567
- Access the Emergency WA Fact Sheet

St John app will provide help to people in emergencies

St John Ambulance Western Australia is using a new smartphone app to enlist qualified first aiders who can respond to someone in distress before the ambulance arrives.
In an Australian first, the free St John First Responder app is designed to alert registered users to incidents occurring in public places within 500 metres of them.
The first responder, someone with appropriate first aid training such as off duty paramedics, doctors, nurses and members of public, would then be dispatched to give the appropriate first aid, along with the closest ambulance.
The incident types that will trigger an alert include cardiac arrest, burns and allergic reactions.
St John Chief Executive Officer Tony Ahem said the app will help first responders get to incidents quickly.
"Responding quickly is vital in a medical emergency - so if we can get a trained person to a scene ahead of an ambulance, this can greatly increase a person's chance of survival," he said.
"For example, if someone suffers a cardiac arrest, for every minutes that passes without CPR and defibrillation, their chances of survival decrease by 10 per cent."
"The app will provide the first aider with exact location details so users get to a scene quickly."
"This fits in with our purpose of making first aid a part of everyone's life."
Mr Ahem said the St John State Operations Centre will always send an ambulance regardless of how many first responders are in the vicinity of the incident. He said the alert would perhaps be used 10 times a day, based on typical ambulance call outs.
The app also lists the location of registered defibrillators nearby, allowing first responders to be able to retrieve and use a defibrillator during a cardiac arrest.

The same technology has been used successfully in many countries overseas, Mr Ahem said.
The app is available through the Apple or Google Play app stores.
Fact file:
- First aid is a proven lifesaver. Early defibrillation and effect CPR can double a person's chance of survival.
- St John is the leader in first aid in WA, training more than 317,000 Western Australians in first aid each year.
- The app will also include first aid guides for spider bites, electric shock, asthma, bleeds and other conditions.

Library Update
Toy Library
Tuesdays & Saturdays
10:30am – 11:30am

Why buy toys when you can borrow something new and different each week at your local toy library!

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!
Public Art Gallery Update
Coming up in the gallery...
South Regional TAFE – Katanning
Visual Arts Student Exhibition

21 September – 12 October, 2017

Beginner's Life Drawing Workshop
17 October 2017

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
Closed Sundays
Free entry to all Gallery exhibitions- call James on 9821 4310 for more information.
Council Meeting Highlights
September 2017
The following items were approved at the Council meeting:

1. Development Application - Oversize Outbuilding, Lot 36 (35) Amherst Street, Katanning
Council approved the Development Approval for Lot 36 (35) Amherst Street, Katanning for the purpose of Outbuilding, subject to conditions.

2. Built Strata Subdivision Application - Lot 340 (15 Claude Street, Katanning
Council approved the Built Strata Subdivision for Lot 340 (15) Claude Street, Katanning, subject to conditions.

3. Development Application - Farm Supply Centre, Extension, Lot 6 Katanning-Nyabing Road, Katanning

Council approved the Development Approval for Lot 6 (6L) Katanning-Nyabing Road, Katanning for the purpose of Farm Supply Centre (Extension) subject to conditions.

4. KSHCP - A Housing and Community Development Project for Community Growth Master Plan

Council to hold a public meeting to seek the views of the community on the Hames Sharley Masterplan for the Welcome Precinct, Austral Terrace Precinct and Piesse Lake Precinct including Welcome Precinct Options A & B.

5. October Council Meeting Dates

Council approved the amended Council meeting dates for October.
- October Ordinary Council Meeting, Tuesday 31 October 2017, at the Shire of Katanning Chambers, 14 Austral Terrace, Katanning, commencing at 6.00pm; and
- Special Council Meeting, Monday 23 October 2017, at the Shire of Katanning Chambers, 14 Austral Terrace, Katanning, commencing at 6.00pm for the purpose of electing the President and Deputy President and appointing members of committees.

All Council Agendas and minutes can be found at
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