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June 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

Event Holders EOI
The Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern is now calling for Expressions of Interest to host events in the 2017 Bloom Festival. This year the festival will run from Friday 15 September to Sunday 15 October, with the launch event scheduled for Saturday 16 September.

The popular Hidden Treasures Bloom Festival is an opportunity for community groups and local businesses in the Hidden Treasures Region to offer new or existing events to help promote and showcase their towns. Last year the Bloom Festival attracted some 15,000 visitors to the region over the course of the festival!

Event holders benefit from a range of marketing campaigns and exposure including a printed programme, posters and flyers, press releases, newspaper, TV and radio advertising, at no cost. They will also receive support from the Bloom Festival Coordinator as well as resources with tips on running the event.

Expressions of Interest and Memorandum of Understanding form is available to download at, containing further information for event holders.
Please submit your completed and signed form by no later than 4.00pm, Wednesday 28 June 2017, to or mail to 18 Albert St, Centennial Park WA 6330, Att. Katy Shekell.

The Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern would like to take this opportunity to introduce Katy Shekell who will be the Bloom Festival Coordinator for 2017. Should you have any questions or queries about the festival, or require assistance with developing a ‘Bloom’ theme for your event, please do not hesitate to contact Katy on 0422 118 839 or via
Please note the best contact method for Katy during 29 May-23 June 2017 is via email as she will be out of range most of that time.

We look forward to receiving your EOI and working together to create a vibrant and successful 2017 Bloom Festival.

Katanning to host Techspo
12-14 September 2017

Southern Dirt is one of Western Australia’s leading grower groups, encompassing some of WA’s most productive land and representing some of the states’ most innovative farmers. Our region extends from Boddington to Frankland and everywhere in between from the coast to the Wheatbelt.  An area that encompasses over 2600 mixed farming enterprises. If you farm, live and/or run a business within this area, Southern DIRT can have direct relevance to you.
Supported by a dedicated committee of farmers and industry specialists our aim is to create and sustain vibrant, healthy, prosperous farms and communities through:
  • The delivery of innovative research and development activities that have high value impact on farmers in our region and throughout Australia
  • Introduction, information and showcasing of innovative technologies and systems
  • Interactive collaborations with Government – local, state and federal, Leading R and D companies, Industry bodies, other Grower Groups, Agricultural R and D funding bodies, education institutions and local community organisations and businesses within the region.
  • Alliances and amalgamations with smaller grower and NRM groups in the region.
  • Development of a highly interactive hub model to manage local engagement
  • Social and community events and workshops
We also have a young farmer’s network that aims to support, coach and inspire our young and developing farmers to grow a sustainable agribusiness and cultivate personal and professional relationships across WA’s Southwest and TECHSPO 2017 beyond.
Visit our website at

Southern Dirt’s TECHSPO 2017 aims to be Australia’s premier technology and innovation event for the Agricultural community and associated industries. We are bringing technology developers, farmers, advisors, expert researchers and officials together for two days of advanced agriculture technology, information sharing and collaboration with an optional study tour for those who want to experience more.  The event will cover areas that are critical for farming in this state: Livestock technologies for sheep, cattle, and other animals, aquaculture; broadacre; horticulture; data and genetics.
TECHSPO will be held at the Katanning Leisure Centre and include a Conference, Exhibition and Field Events in and around Katanning.  This year’s TECHSPO is all about Dirt Data Droids.
TECHSPO will bring a significant economic benefit to Katanning with 300+ for our Conference, around 100 exhibitors and 1,000+ visitors to town. Additional benefits will include:
  • Use of local accommodation providers;
  • Use of local business/service providers wherever possible; and
  • Provide local community groups an opportunity to fundraise by assisting us with our event.
TECHSPO 2017 would like to invite any local businesses who would like to support this event to contact them – they have opportunities for sponsorship and well considered marketing ideas to promote your business in the Great Southern and beyond. The Techspo website can be viewed at if you would like to find out more. To contact the Event & Conference Coordinator, call Lisa on 0403 204 660 or email to

Early Childhood Hub site works commenced

Earthworks have commenced at the site of Katanning’s new Early Childhood Hub (ECH). Shire operations have begun preparing the site ahead of construction which is expected to start later this year. The tender for construction will be advertised in July.
The new facility will include a childcare centre, offices for family and community service providers and facilities for community meetings and events. The building is expected to be completed mid-2018.
Shire President and Chair of the ECH Project Advisory Group Liz Guidera said ‘this is an excellent opportunity to bring a range of services together under the one roof. The Shire is committed to supporting children and families through the investment in this project’.
Review of Disability Access and Inclusion Plan
Request of Public Comment

The Shire of Katanning is reviewing its Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) and is calling on community members for comments and feedback. A copy of the 2011- 2016 DAIP plan is available on the Shire of Katanning website, or a hard copy is available upon request.
Written submissions are sought by 5.00pm Friday 16 June 2017 and can be made to:
Chief Executive Officer
Shire of Katanning
By mail: PO Box 130 Katanning WA 6317
In Person: 16-24 Austral Terrace Katanning WA 6317
By email:
Or complete a survey online at – hard copies of the survey are available from the Shire of Katanning Administration and Public Library.  
For more information about the DAIP or ways to have your say, email or call 9821 9999.
Have you cleaned your flue?
Ash, soot and combustion residue can build up on the inside of a chimney flue and if not physically removed regularly can ignite causing a fire. In most cases you will see flames shooting out of the top of the chimney.
Volunteer Firefighters attend many of these types of fires during winter and most can be prevented by chimneys or flues being regularly cleaned. We recommend that you check the heater, fireplace brickwork, chimney and flue before lighting the first fire of the year to make sure it is clean. This should be done for all metal flues and standard brick chimneys.
Additives can be purchased from your local hardware store to put in the fire while it is burning to help reduce residue build up in the chimney or flue. If your fireplace chimney is brick, check that the surrounding fireplace brickwork has not cracked as this may identify a problem. Flues going into the ceiling and roof space should have double or triple skins to stop radiant heat igniting roof timbers or cellulose type insulation.
Many fires are caused by the incorrect installation of wood heaters by the home handy man or unqualified operators. It is recommended that all wood heaters being installed and maintained should be done by a reputable business or tradesperson.
If your flue or chimney catches fire call Triple Zero (000).

Regional Middle School Scoping Study Commenced
Congratulations to the Great Southern Regional Middle School Campus Committee who were successful in their funding applications and a Scoping Study has officially commenced to investigate middle school development and educational choices in Katanning and surrounding districts. The aim of the scoping study is to deliver a report which will be used in the creation of a business case to attract investment in a middle school campus in Katanning but just as importantly to provide recommendations for local government and schools to use in strategic planning and decision making.
The Great Southern Regional Middle School Campus Committee and the Katanning Regional Business Association - KRBA invite you to complete a survey investigating the future demand for the expansion of middle school (YR7-9) educational choices in Katanning and the region.
Please complete the survey via the link:
The survey closes 31 May 2017.

Fire Season 2016 - 2017 Recap
Our local bushfire brigade volunteers did a tremendous job in keeping our community safe over the past fire season. The volunteers responded to 12 bushfires in the rural area over the summer months. These fires had a number of causes which included;
  • a possum shorting out a power line;
  • number of headers catching fire during harvest;
  • lightning strikes;
  • stolen car dumped and torched in a reserve; and
  • number of suspicious fires.
Two alerts were issued for fires that could have impacted sections of the community. These areas were the Fairfield Road fire which was under a Watch and Act for a short time as the fire was heading towards the Prosser Road area, and the other fire at the Speedway Reserve where a Bushfire Advice Warning was issued due to the location and the weather conditions. Shire staff assisted brigade volunteers in a number of ways on the fire ground by supplying heavy equipment including a frontend loader for edging in control lines to contain a fire, and a water truck to supply water to farmer units on site so the turnaround is quicker than going to refill from a dam. During the restricted burning period permits are required to be written for all burns. Local Fire Control Officers issue a permit to burn on request by land holders in their allocated area. This financial year 115 permits were issued over the restricted burning time which comprises of 14 weeks.

Proposal for Extended Retail Trading Hours


The Shire of Katanning is considering a proposal to permanently allow for Sunday retail trading between 10.00am and 5.00pm in the Shire of Katanning.


The Shire of Katanning is seeking the views of key stakeholders including retailers, local trader organisations, tourism interests and the community generally before considering making an application to the Department of Commerce for permanent Sunday trading in Katanning.

Submissions on the proposal to permanently allow for Sunday retail trading between 10.00am and 5.00pm in the Shire of Katanning should be made in writing to:

Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Katanning

By Post: PO Box 130, KATANNING  WA  6317

In Person: 16-24 Austral Tce, KATANNING  WA  6317

By Email:

Telephone: 9821 9999

Closing Date for Submissions: 5.00pm Thursday 8 June 2017


Local traders have the right to exercise individual discretion whether to open or not during the proposed trading extension.  Traders have the right to exercise individual discretion and decisions made by traders will be supported by the Department of Commerce WA.
Further information on retail trading hours is available from the Department of Commerce 

Public Art Gallery Update
Next exhibition date: 3 July - 15 July
Exhibition: NAIDOC art Exhibition

Current exhibition date: 22 May – 17 June 
Exhibition: BETA BLOCKER
showcases Miik Green’s Xylem series, large-scale paintings on aluminium panels combining unlike material, sealed within layers of resin. The term BETA BLOCKER references a class of drugs that combat various heart conditions, and links the ideas of tension and disequilibrium in arts practice with the biological.
Miik Green’s artworks draw from cell-staining techniques and biological pigmentation, where colour can define abnormalities or infection. In the bio-sciences, colour is often strikingly evident and can be used to identify, map, trace and visualise cells and cell components under a microscope. In a similar manner, Green injects, drags and extracts liquid materials, pigments and chemicals, yet allows the paintings to evolve independently of his hand.

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.
Last chance to have your say: Katanning 2027
What is your vision for Katanning?

The Shire of Katanning is currently undertaking a major review of our Strategic Community Plan, Katanning 2027. The Strategic Community Plan will become the Shire's highest level strategic document that will outline the long-term vision, values, aspirations and priorities for Katanning over the next ten years. Katanning 2027 will then drive the development of local plans, resourcing strategies, service levels and other strategic documents required by the Shire of Katanning to deliver on the overall community vision.

Final opportunities to get involved:
1. Pop Up Sessions: Tell us your vision and aspirations for Katanning
Saturday 10 June
9.00am - 12.00pm

2. My Big Idea
Postcards will be posted to residents and available at various locations around town asking for your Big Idea for Katanning's future. Postcards must be returned by Sunday 11 June 2017.
An electronic postcard is available at
Postcard drop off locations:
  • Katanning Public Library
  • Katanning Leisure Centre
  • Shire Administration
  • Emu Lane Cafe
  • The Daily Grind Cafe
  • Cafe on Clive
  • The Grange Cafe
  • Caltex Service Station
  • Puma Service Station
  • St Lukes Dr Surgery
  • Katanning Community Resource Centre
3. Surveys
Hard copies are available at the Shire Administration.

Surveys must be returned by Sunday 11 June 2017.

4. Community Workshop
Harvesting the Vision
Wednesday 14 June
9.30am - 1.00pm
Katanning Town Hall

For more information visit or call 9821 9999.
Community Financial Assistance Program
Round 1 2017/2018 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 Wednesday 14 June 2017.
Further enquiries about the CFAP should be directed to Amy Kuchel on 9821 9999 or
Council Meeting Highlights
May 2017
Council approved:
1. The 2017 – 2018 Fire Management Requirement Brochure.

Statutory and Community Strategic Plan Achievement:
  • Bushfire Act 1954
2. The appointment of authorised Fire Control Officers:
Cynthia Pearce 
Ian Knapp           
Timothy Clegg
Geoffrey Stade
Richard Marshall              
Barry Kowald
Jeffrey Baxter   
Matthew Kitchens          
Ian Coleman
Alan Wilson       
Stephen Conning            
Alistair Dusting
Anthony Richardson      
Norman Flugge
Gregory Garlick
Shane Butterworth
Ernie Polis          
Matthew Kerin
Chistopher Quartermaine           
Timothy Harris
Kim Kowald

Community Strategic Plan Achievement:
Community and Culture

3. That a request be sent to the  Minister  for  Lands  to  permanently  close a section   of   the  Round  Drive  road  reserve  east  of  the  Katanning   Country   Club  in  accordance  with  Section  58  of   the   Land  Administration Act 1997.

Community Strategic Plan and Corporate Business Plan 2013-2018 Achievement
Development & Leadership
  • Governance: Legal & Ethical Compliance [CBP Ref. P10.5.3]
  • Community & Culture: Community Spaces, Cultural Opportunity and Cultural Diversity
4. That the Shire advises the State Heritage Office it supports the entry of Piesse’s Winery (former) in the State Register of Heritage Places.

Community Strategic Plan Achievement:
Community and Culture
  • Cultural Diversity – Improve cultural recognition
Environment and Land Use
  • Land use – Develop:
    • Flexible land use planning; and
    • Heritage protection strategies
Development and Leadership
  • Governance – Legal & ethical compliance
All Council Agendas and minutes can be found at
Library Update
Life Long Readers- ALL WELCOME
Meeting date: Friday 7 July (first Friday of every month)
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Next Book: A man called Ove
Author: Fredrik Backman
A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbour from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So, when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heart-warming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.

Library Community Room
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. 

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