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March 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

Recent Floods
All hands were on deck from Friday 10 February as the Great Southern was hit was severe rain and flooding. Local Emergency Services and the Shire worked tirelessly to manage the road closures and restricted access to many farms and homes. The Shire received 97.4mm of rain on the Friday. The Shire has been approved for the Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA) to assist with the repair of the damages. Thank you to all the emergency services and volunteers that assisted throughout the floods and also local community members that assisted neighbours and others to ease the pressure off the emergency services. 
2017 Harmony Festival
Saturday 18 March

Experience something different
Learn something new and 
Taste something delicious

Window Display Competition
Theme: Everyone Belongs
Date: 10 March-20 March 2017
This competition is open to Katanning businesses and any groups or schools that wish to 'adopt' a window space and get involved!
Judging: Photos will be displayed on the Katanning Action Network Facebook page for public voting. Winners will be announced at the Harmony Festival.
Prize: $200 cash
Contact: Please message Emma on 0431 458 245 to register your display or for more information and assistance with adopting a window.
Cultural Costume Competition
Wear an outfit or a costume that represents your culture or Country and go in the draw to win $100 (1 prize for female and 1 prize for male).
Register yourself at the Shire of Katanning stall at the Harmony Festival.
Katanning Concert in the Park

Due to the recent floods and road closures, the Katanning Lion's Club and Concert Working Committee had to postpone the inaugural Katanning Concert in the Park until Thursday 2 March 2017.
Come and watch Ray Ryder and his band under the stars at the Piesse Park Amphitheater  (bring your own chair and rug!).
There will be children's entertainment, local entertainment and food vans.

Restricted Burning Period 

The Restricted Burning Period commences on 15 February 2017. All burning must be carried out with a ‘Permit to Burn’ obtained free from the Shire office or your local Fire Control Officer. Please view the Fire Management Requirements Notice for further information. 
Identify Your Property
Is your property easy to identify if an ambulance needed to get to you?
It has been noticed by the Ranger it is sometimes difficult to identify a property due to the lack of identification, namely the house number displayed on the letter box.
More importantly it is difficult for Emergency Services such as Ambulance, Police and FESA to identify the correct address when attending to emergency situations.
Ordinary Council Highlights
January 2017
No Council Meeting was held in January.
All Council Agendas and minutes can be found at
Library Update
Due to staffing changes over February and March there will not be any Story Time, Rhyme Time or Lego Club.

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!

Play in the Park 2017
All Ages Playground
Monday 6 March
10.00am – 12.00pm

Life Long Readers
Meeting date: Friday 3 March
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Next Book: : My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
Author: Frederik Backman

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa's best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.
When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

Sketchbook Project 2017
The Katanning Public Library in partnership with Propel Youth Arts WA and the State Library of WA are again taking part in the Sketchbook Project.
Are you 12-26?
What’s your story?
How will you pave your way in an Eco-Future?

Tell your own story using a sketchbook, provided free of charge by Propel. Pick one up from the Library during the first week of March.
Seniors Activities
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
Autumn Club Luncheon
3rd Wednesday of each month 12.00 - 1.30pm
Cost: $10 per month. Requires membership to Autumn Club for $5 per year.


Upcoming State Election

Date: 11 March 2017
Venue: Pioneer Room, Katanning Leisure Centre
Time: 8.00am-6.00pm
Early voting is available at the Katanning Library every day until Friday 10 March.
Youth Fest 2017
Katanning Kolour Fest: HAWAIIAN THEME

Date: Saturday 8 April
Venue: Top Oval, Katanning Leisure Centre
Time: 4.00pm-7.00pm
Cost: $10 per person, includes a 'Kolour' Pack
Age: 12-25 years old
Tickets: Available for purchase from the Shire Adminstration, Katanning Leisure Centre and the Katanning Library.
Celebrate Youth Week with a colour run, obstacle course, food & drink and live DJ.
Contact: 9821 9999
Mapping Katanning Workshop
Inviting all community members
8 March 2017
Katanning Town Hall
1.00pm-3.00pm OR 7.00pm-9.00pm

Asset Mapping is a great way for Katanning to identify its strengths and resources and building connectivities for the future.

For further information please contact Denise 9821 9999
Upcoming Hardwaste Verge Collection

The Shire of Katanning is providing one hard waste verge collection for residential properties that currently receive a rubbish (or bin) service. This is all residential properties within the town site. As verge collection are picked up by mechanical means, please follow the advised information below to avoid any concerns.
Please Do:
  • Place your waste neatly on the verge no more than 7 days prior to the schedules start date for your area
  • Have your waste on the verge by Monday 6.00am on the scheduled start date for your area as the contractor will only check your verge once
  • Allow 5-7 working days for your collection
  • Residents who have restricted verge access are requested to contact the Shire for advice prior to the collection commencing in your area
Please Do Not:
  • Obstruct the footpath, your normal bin service or the line of sight of pedestrians, cyclists or car, place your waste next to trees, power poles, walls, streets sighs, sprinklers or water meters (as these may be damaged)
  • Place your waste inside your property line
  • Waste placed on the verge more than 10 days prior to your area collection commencing, or after the truck has passed, may render you liable to a litter infringement notice
  • Place your waste on other verges as it will not be collected from vacant properties or public reserves, and may render you liable to a little infringement notice.
 What will be collected:
  • Old furniture
  • White goods (fridges, stoves etc)\
  • Scrap metal Timber Products (up to 2m in length)
  • General junk
  • Up to 3 cubic metres of material (ie 1x1x3 metres)
 What will NOT be collected:
  • NO green waste
  • NO asbestos or fibre cement products
  • NO foodstuff or domestic rubbish
  • NO bricks, sand or building rubble
  • NO tyres, batteries or oil
  • NO car bodies or vehicle parts
  • NO liquid waste
  • NO household hazardous, medical or veterinary waste
  • NO cement or concrete
  • NO stumps, palm logs or tree roots
  • NO paints, chemicals, oils or acids
  • NO object exceeding 2m in length
How to pile your collection:
  • Place your bulk rubbish on the verge without obstructing footpaths into two separate piles
  • Pile 1: White goods only         
  • Pile 2: General goods only
To prevent the risk of child entrapment, doors MUST be detached from fridges & freezers. The truck collecting metal products is a separate truck from the general collection vehicle.
Leisure Centre Update

Born to Move
This is a 45 minute class in which a parent or caregiver also takes part. 
The music is written for the class with lyrics that act as sung instructions, leading children through simple moves that build body awareness and balance. 
Date: Every Friday morning (starting 10 February 2017)
Time: 9.30am—10.15am
Age: 2 to 4 year olds
Cost: $3.30 per child. FREE for Gold Members
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