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October 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, Katanning Leisure Centre and the Katanning Hub CRC. Larger prints of this newsletter for readability are available on request at the Shire Administration. If you have any suggestions or feedback please send them to

Mon 7 Oct                 Katanning Library: May Gibbs Celebration - Magic Gardens
Mon 7 Oct                 Katanning Youth: Bloom Candle Making Workshop
Wed 9 Oct                 Katanning Youth: Laserscape at KLC
Thu 10 Oct                World Mental Health Day Morning Tea at Katanning Pharmacy
Sat 12 Oct                 Junitper Bethshan Open Day Fete
Sun 13 Oct                Katanning Miniature Railway Run Day
Sun 13 Oct                Katanning Tennis Club Season Open Day
Mon 14 Oct               Katanning Library: Get Online Week Begins
Sat 19 Oct                 Katanning Farmers Markets
Sat 19 Oct                 Local Government Election: Katanning
Sat 19 Oct                 Wild Paws Walk at O'Callaghan Park
Tue 22 Oct                Special Council Meeting
Sat 26 Oct                 Katanning Agricultural Show
Tue 29 Oct                October Public Ordinary Council Meeting
Sat 2 Nov                  Katanning Police & Rotary Charity Golf Day

To have your local event listed, please submit information to

The refurbished double bump slide at the All Ages Playground – Photo by Natassia Shirazee

The highly anticipated redevelopment of Katanning’s All Ages Playground, Skate Park and Lions Park is nearing completion. It will soon be time to pack your picnic basket, gather up friends and family and head to Katanning’s destination playground where there is something for everyone.

The project is in the final stages with the asphalting of the roads and carpark due to be undertaken in the next 10 days. We are working on the final touches including new signage, pedestrian, vehicular and interpretive information. Line marking of roads and carparking will be applied once the asphalt is in place. We want the park to be complete before we open to the public.

Stay tuned for more information about the Community Fun Day at the All Ages Playground to celebrate the fences coming down!

The exciting $5 million upgrade of Katanning’s much-loved park, including refurbishment of its iconic giant playground equipment, is funded through the State Government Royalties for Regions program and Lotterywest.


The Shire of Katanning hereby gives notice of a Special Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at 6:00pm for the purpose of considering the following items:
  • Election of Shire President and Deputy President.
  • Appointment of Committee Members.
All meetings are open to the public and are held at the Shire of Katanning Council Chambers, 52 Austral Terrace Katanning.
Julian Murphy

The Shire of Katanning hereby gives notice that the time of the October Ordinary Council meeting has been changed.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday 29 October 2019 at the Council Chambers, 52 Austral Terrace, Katanning commencing at 6 pm.
Julian Murphy
As of 30 September 2019 the refuse site operating hours are:
         Monday - Tuesday              Closed
         Wednesday - Sunday         11.00AM to 5.00PM
         Public Holidays                   Closed
Do you know someone who makes your community a better place?

The Australia Day Council WA Community Citizen of the Year awards is your opportunity to acknowledge those making an outstanding contribution to your local community.
This includes areas such as; education, health, fund-raising, charitable and voluntary services, business, sport, arts, the environment, social inclusion or any other area that contributes to the advancement and wellbeing of a community.

Nominations are now open for the following Citizen of the Year Award categories:
-Citizen of the Year
-Citizen of the Year (Senior)
-Citizen of the Year (Youth)
-Active Citizenship (Group/Event)

The Shire of Katanning is proud to also award a Community Long Service Award. This is an award that recognises a local citizen who has provided volunteer service(s) to the Katanning community over a long period of time.

All award winners will be announced at the Australia Day Breakfast on 26 January 2020.

Alternatively, forms are available at the Shire Administration on request.

For more information contact Natassia Shirazee 9821 9999 or email Nominations close 31 October 2019.
KIDSPORT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS                              

Apply online 
Eligible children in Western Australia can receive up to $150 per calendar year to cover the costs of joining any approved KidSport club. Please ensure you apply early before your club’s registration day so that you have your code ready as your application can take up to 10 business days to be assessed days.
To be eligible for KidSport applicants must be: 
  1. Aged 5 to 18 years
  2. A resident in Western Australia
  3. Named on a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card
  4. Registering with a KidSport approved club. Find a KidSport club.
Please refer to the Department of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries webpage for further information:

Contact Shire of Katanning KidSport Officer: Tania Wolfe (08) 9821 9999
Katanning Leisure Centre
Address: 4 Pemble Street
Phone: 9821 4399


Opening Hours

Monday - Friday                          6:00am - 8:30am (Members only)
Monday - Thursday                     8:30am - 8:30pm
Friday                                          8.30am - 7.00pm
Saturday                                      9:00am - 3:00pm
Sundays and Public Holidays:    Closed except by special request, private booking
                                                    or other arrangement.

Term 4 – Group Fitness Timetable is as follows:
(Commencing 14 October 2019)

6.15am           RPM – 30mins (Bookings Essential)
5.30pm           HIITStep
6.10pm           Matwork Pilates 50mins
9.30am           Matwork Pilates
10.30am         Seniors Gym
5.45pm           RPM – 30mins (Bookings Essential)
6.20pm           MetaPWR – 30mins (Bookings Essential)
5.30pm           MetaFit
6.10pm           Body Pump
5.30pm           HIITStep
6.10pm          CX Worx (17
Oct – 7 Nov)

6.15am           RPM (Bookings Essential)

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.
Address: 16 Austral Terrace
Phone: 9821 4300

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


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.
Story Time- Every Tuesday 10.00am

Toy Library
Tuesdays and Saturdays
Katanning Library Community Room

Genealogy 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.

Life Long Readers Book Club
Meeting Date: Friday 4 October 2019
(First Friday of every month)
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Library Community Room

by J.M. Coetzee
Set in post-apartheid South Africa, J. M. Coetzee’s searing novel tells the story of David Lurie, a twice divorced, 52-year-old professor of communications and Romantic Poetry at Cape Technical University. Lurie believes he has created a comfortable, if somewhat passionless, life for himself. He lives within his financial and emotional means. Though his position at the university has been reduced, he teaches his classes dutifully; and while age has diminished his attractiveness, weekly visits to a prostitute satisfy his sexual needs. He considers himself happy. However, when Lurie seduces one of his students, he sets in motion a chain of events that will shatter his complacency and leave him utterly disgraced. 

New arrivals at the library

Address: 16 Austral Terrace
Phone: 9821 4310

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

Upcoming Exhibitions

28 October 2019 to 7 December 2019: Pathfinders - WA Inspired Art Quilters
Ordinary Council Meeting Highlights
September 2019
The following items were approved at the Ordinary Council meeting:
  1. Council authorised a variation to normal opening hours during the 2019/20 Christmas/New Year period as follows:
    • Tuesday 24 December 2019 – close at 12 noon
    • Friday 27 December 2019 – closed
    • Monday 20 December 2019 - closed
    • Tuesday 31 December 2019 – closed
  2. Change of the date of the October Ordinary Council Meeting to Tuesday 29 October 2019, commencing at 6.00pm
  3. Special Council Meeting on Tuesday 22 October 2019, commencing at 6.00pm for the purposes of Electing the President and Deputy President and appointing members of committees
All Council Agendas and minutes can be found at
Copyright © 2019 Shire of Katanning, All rights reserved.

52 Austral Terrace, Katanning WA 6317
Ph: (08) 9821 9999 E: 

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