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April 2019
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 available at the Shire Administration, Library, Visitors Centre and Katanning Leisure Centre. If you have any suggestions or feedback please send them to

The Shire of Katanning invites interested Community Members to a public meeting/workshop to discuss the following:
  • Changes to Standpipe Water Charges;
  • Road Hierarchy.
Public meeting to be held on Wednesday 10 April 2019, 6.00pm till 7.00pm in the Pioneer Room at the Katanning Leisure Centre, Pemble Street Katanning.
For further information, please contact Cherrie Campbell at the Shire Office on 9821 9999.

Julian Murphy


The Shire of Katanning would like to thank all community members and visitors for supporting the Katanning Harmony Festival 2019 on Saturday 16 March 2019. This year we had events for a full week, which included the Friday Food Night and Believe It or Not Tour. We would like to thank all our amazing volunteers and Shire staff for their assistance in organising and running of the festival.

Approximate number of visitors to the event:
Friday Food Night (700 to 800 people)
Katanning Harmony Street Festival (5500 to 6000 people)
And around 300 people or more for the smaller events during the week.
We would like to thank our sponsors, without them the festival would not have been possible.
Sponsors for 2019:
  • Shire of Katanning
  • Lotterywest (Major)
  • Department of Communities, Office of Multicultural Interests
  • Great Southern Development Commission
  • Regional Development Australia Great Southern WA
  • Healthway (Act Belong Commit)
  • Katanning Islamic Association
  • Katanning Security Protection
  • Katanning Regional Business Association
  • Woolworths Katanning
  • Katanning Travel Centre
  • Katanning Landcare
Thank you to all local and visiting performers that made the day very special.
List of performances for 2019:
  • Didgeridoo Performance by Mark
  • Malay Drummers (Cocos Islanders)
  • Australian Karen Organisation
  • Tara Academy Irish Dance
  • St Pats School Choir & the Dream Team Dancers
  • Hula Magic
  • Hot Noodle Eating Competition
  • Classic Indian Dance
  • Albany Pipe Band
  • Hazaragi Singing
  • Oriental Fantasy Belly Dance
  • The Kat N Nice Crew
  • Singing by the Filipino Community
  • Katanning Taekwondo Club
  • Walter Whip & the Flame
Thank you to all the local and visiting stall holders and the local businesses for supporting the festival.
75% of the stall holders were from the Great Southern (Majority from Katanning).
80% of the entertainment was from the Great Southern (Majority from Katanning and the locals donated their time)


This Easter the Shire of Katanning is encouraging the Katanning community to think about what number they are willing to accept when it comes to fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.
Through the WALGA RoadWise Blessing of the Roads campaign we will be challenging the idea that road trauma is inevitable by getting people to think about what is an acceptable level of road trauma. By challenging the belief, we aim to generate support and involvement in local road safety initiatives which help contribute to achieving the long-term vision of zero deaths and serious injuries.
We will be hosting a Blessing of the Roads event at Katanning Leisure Centre Ram Pavilion on 17 April 2019 at 5.30 to showcase local road safety initiatives to demonstrate how we can all work together to achieve the vision of zero. 
Remember, by working together we can achieve the long-term vision of zero deaths and serious injuries.
For further information about the campaign, visit the RoadWise website,

If your smoke alarm isn’t working properly, it won’t warn you and your family of a fire in your home!
Is it time to change your battery?
Whether you need to change your smoke alarm battery will depend on your type of smoke alarm.

If you do need to change the battery, DFES recommends you do this on the first day of April. 

Smoke alarms powered by:
  • 9V AKALINE BATTERY require you to replace batteries every year.
  • 10-year NON-REMOVABLE LITHIUM BATTERY do not require you to change the battery each year.
  • MAINS-POWERED SMOKE ALARMS have a battery back-up for periods of mains power outage.
Many models have a rechargeable (non-removable) battery and do not need replacing. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions to see if you need to change the battery.
After replacing the battery
Always test that your smoke alarm is operating by holding down the test button until you hear a loud alert tone.
Things you should know…
  • Not all smoke alarms need their batteries replaced.
  • Smoke alarms will make a ‘beep’ or ‘chirping’ sound when they have a low battery or are faulty.
  • Mains powered smoke alarms are required to have a Green “Power ON” LED indicator. This will light up when the alarm is connected to mains power.
  • Test your smoke alarm every month by holding down the test button until you hear a loud tone.
  • All smoke alarms require replacement every 10 years. If you do not know how old your smoke alarm is, it’s time to replace it.
For more information:  


The Shire of Katanning would like to remind the public that driving through any reserve is prohibited except for portions reserved or set apart for such a purpose, and then at a speed not exceeding 16 kilometres per hour.
To drive in such portions please keep an eye out for signs within such areas if no signs are visible please call the Shire of Katanning on 9821 9999 for further information.
Any person found driving through a reserve that does not have a reserve or set apart portion will be in breach of the Shire of Katanning Local Laws Management and Use of Reserves, 7.1 Unauthorized Driving on a Reserve, the only exception being authorised personal. Therefore anyone driving through a reserve that does not have a set apart portion or reserved portion could receive an infringement of $100.
Katanning Leisure Centre
Address: 4 Pemble Street
Phone: 9821 4399

Term 1 – Group Fitness Timetable is as follows:

6.15am                 HIIT Step 
9.30am                 Body Attack
10.00am               CX Worx
6.00pm                 Body Pump (60 minutes)
6.30pm                 Body Balance 
9.30am                 Body Pump (30 minutes)
10.00am               HIIT Step 
1.30pm                 Seniors Gym for Over 50's
5.45pm                 RPM (30 minutes)
6.20pm                 Meta Fit
5.30pm                 HIIT Step 
6.10pm                 Body Pump (45 minutes)
6.30pm                 Body Balance 
9.30am                 Body Pump (30 minutes)
10.00am               Meda Fit
1.30pm                 Seniors Gym for Over 50’s
6.00pm                 Body Attack (30 minutes)
6.30pm                 CX WORX

6.15am                 RPM 

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

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

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

A reminder that as of Wednesday 13 March 2019, the library and gallery closed at 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please find the new library and gallery hours below:
Monday:          10.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday:         10.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday:    1.00pm - 5.00pm
Thursday:        10.00am - 5.00pm
Friday:             10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday:         10.00am - 1.00pm
Sunday:          CLOSED

Please contact the Library on (08) 9821 4300 if you have any queries.

April 2019

Library Club - Every Monday 2:30pm

Story Time- Every Tuesday 10.00am

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

Life Long Readers Book Club
Meeting Date:
Friday 5 April 2019
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Library Community Room

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
by Dai SijieIna Rilke (Translator)
In this enchanting tale about the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening, two hapless city boys are exiled to a remote mountain village for reeducation during China's infamous Cultural Revolution. There they meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation. As they flirt with the seamstress and secretly devour these banned works, they find transit from their grim surroundings to worlds they never imagined. 

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.

New arrivals at the library
Public Art Gallery
Address: 16 Austral Terrace
Phone: 9821 4310

Gallery Opening Hours:   
Monday:          10.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday:         10.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday:    1.00pm - 5.00pm
Thursday:        10.00am - 5.00pm
Friday:             10.00am - 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
12 April - 11 May 2019: Regional Exhibitions Touring Boost: How did I get here?
Ordinary Council Meeting Highlights
March 2019
The following items were approved at the Ordinary Council meeting:
  1. Council granted Development Approval for Lot 643 (155) McLeod Street, Katanning for the purpose of Single Dwelling.
  2. Council will hold a community workshop on 10 April 2019 to discuss Changes to Standpipe Water Charges and Road Hierachy.
  3. Council agree to provide the use of the Council Chambers at the Katanning Town Hall to Arthur Todd to operate his Lost Katanning activities for twelve months.
  4. Council accepted an offer made for Unit 10 Amherst Village.
All Council Agendas and minutes can be found at
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