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November 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


PUBLIC in Katanning
The Core
An Exhibition launching PUBLIC in Katanning; part of the PUBLIC Silo Trail project took place on Thursday 2 November 2017, 6.00pm - 8.00pm at the Katanning Public Art Gallery.
PUBLIC in Katanning, a partnership between FORM and Western Power, features the painting of a series of Western Power assets and wall murals in the Katanning townsite by talented Western Australian artists, engagement workshops with local youth and The Core exhibition.

FORM artists Darren Hutchens, Karim Jabbari, Brenton See, Mel McVee and Chris Nixon.

PUBLIC in Katanning
Mural Locations

1. St Patrick's School, 37 Amherst Street - Artist Mel McVee
2. Katanning Primary School, 15 Dore Street - Artist Darren Hutchens
3. Katanning Senior High School, 2-8 Golf Links Road - Artist Darren Hutchens
4. Braeside Primary School, Carinya Gardens - Artist Chris Nixon
5. Woolworths Carpark, Clive Street - Artist Mel McVee
6. Café on Clive, Corner of Clive Street and Carew Street - Artist Brenton See
7. Shire of Katanning, 16-24 Austral Terrace - Artist Chris Nixon
8. Shire of Katanning, 16-24 Austral Terrace - Artist Karim Jabbari

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.
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
Katanning 2027
Strategic Community Plan

The draft Strategic Community Plan was presented to Council on Tuesday 31 October 2017 at the Ordinary Council Meeting. The draft Strategic Community Plan is now published on the Shire of Katanning website. The Community is encouraged to read and provide further comment. Please email your comments to
For further information contact the Shire of Katanning on 9821 9999.

Nominations for Citizen of the Year 2018 & Community Long Standing Service Award
The Citizen of the Year Council Committee has decided to extend the nomination period for the Citizen of the Year and Community Long Standing Service Award until Friday 10 November 2017, due to some categories not receiving any nominations.
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)
Citizen of the Year 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.

The Community Long Standing Service award is an award that recognizes a local citizen who has provided volunteer services to the Katanning community over a long period of time. The Shire of Katanning is proud to support this award.

Both nomination forms are now available from the Shire Office or found on our website Citizen of the Year Application Form and Community Long Standing Service Award
The awards are to be presented on Australia Day 26 January 2018.

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 Friday 10 November 2017


WA Seniors Awards 2017
On Saturday 21 October 2017, Ziagul Sultani and Denise Gallanagh-Wood from the Shire of Katanning attended the WA Seniors Awards evening with finalist, Lesley Balinski. The ceremony was held at the Perth Zoo, where Katanning local Lesley Balinski was announced the winner of the Regional Juniper Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lesley Balinski is a very valuable community member of Katanning. She is a woman that wears many hats and has been providing service to the Katanning community for more than nine years. She is very active and does an enormous amount of volunteering within the community and the region.
She volunteers for the Katanning Harmony Festival, is the President of the Katanning Dramatic Society, and is a member of the Katanning Action Network. She is actively involved in working with the cultural and linguistically diverse community in Katanning tutoring English, helping new arrivals settle in the town, and advocating for them as part of the Katanning Multicultural District Health Advisory Council.
Congratulations Lesley!
For further information contact the Shire of Katanning on 9821 9999. 


Green Waste Verge Collection

The Shire of Katanning will offer a free Green Waste Verge Collection commencing Monday 8 January 2018.
Please make sure waste is on the verge before 6am Monday 8 January 2018.

To help prevent unsightly verges, you are encouraged to put your garden waste out the weekend of the 8 January 2018. Do not obstruct the footpath or your normal bin service and ensure waste does not obstruct line of sight of pedestrians or cars.

   Leaves, branches, flower and grass cuttings

   Tree and shrub clippings

    Bottles, plastic, tyres, batteries, glass, steel and syringes

    Food waste, fruit, vegetables and liquid waste

Residents are reminded that this is a Green Waste collection only. Contaminated garden waste will not be removed. Lawn clippings, cuttings and leaves must be in boxes or bags. To prevent damage, do not obstruct Telstra pits, water meters or power domes with green waste as mechanical equipment may be used upon collection. Trim tree branches and [running's to a max of 1.5m (5ft). Please place bundles in line with kerb.
If you have any questions, please contact the Shire of Katanning Administration Office on (08) 9821 9999 or visit our website

Shire of Katanning Councillors
Cr Liz Guidera (President)
Cr John Goodheart (Deputy President)
Cr Danny McGrath
Cr Alep Mydie
Cr Owen Boxall
Cr Martin Van Koldenhoven
Cr Serena Sandwell
Cr Kristy D'Aprile
Cr Ernie Menghini

Prohibited Burning Period

Residents are reminded that the Prohibited Burning Period for the Shire of Katanning commences on the 1 November and will be in place until the 14 February inclusive.
No burning of any kind can be conducted during this time.

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.

2017 - 2018 Rates
The first payment of the 2017—2018 financial years rates was due on 16 October 2017. If you missed the first due date of your rates, please make payment immediately and be aware that penalty interest will accrue and the early payment discount no longer applies.  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.
Mental Health Week 2017
Wednesday 11 October 2017 the Shire of Katanning Administration Staff held a fund raising morning tea for Mental Health Week 2017. All staff were encouraged to wear blue to promote mental health awareness & help to reduce stigma in WA. The morning tea raised $43.00 which has been donated to Beyond Blue, the national depression and anxiety initiative.
Beyond Blue raises awareness, reduces stigma and ensures people have access to the information they need to support recovery, management and resilience. For more information please visit the Beyond Blue website.
Katanning Leisure Centre
Address: 4 Pemble Street
Phone: 9821 4399

Monday: 9.30am
Thursday: 6.00pm

Monday: 10.00am
Thursday: 6.30pm

Monday: 6.00pm
Wednesday: 6.00pm


RPM (Spin Bike)
Monday: 7.10pm
Wednesday: 6.15am

(Bookings Essential)

Monday: 7.10pm
Wednesday: 7.10pm


Tuesday: 9.30am

FIT BODZ OVER 50’S – Seniors Gym
Tuesday: 1.30pm
Thursday: 1:30pm

Tuesday: 6.00pm
Thursday: 9.30am

Friday: 9.30am Class for 2 – 5 year old’s,
Parents/caregivers included.

Wednesday: 9.30am - 11.30am

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9.15am – 10.45am

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

3rd Wednesday of each month 12.00 - 1.30pm
Cost: $10 per month. Requires membership to Autumn Club for $5 per year.

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 find 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!


Move the World
Fitness Extravaganza
Saturday 18 November 2017
10.00am - 12.00pm
Katanning Leisure Centre, 4 Pemble Street
Gold coin entry
Raffle tickets will be for sale on the day. All money raised will go to UNICEF to build one water pump in East Africa.
Showcasing all Katanning Leisure Centre's LES MILLS Programs; Body Pump, Body Attack, Body Balance, CXWorx, Body Vibe and RPM. Try all of our fitness programs in action with the motivation of our amazing instructors along the way. This is a great opportunity to see which classes you prefer so you can come to regularly to the weekly fitness classes to work on your fitness goals.
Entry to the group fitness is through the rear roller door. Please park around the back.
For further information please contact Katanning Leisure Centre on 9821 4399.
Katanning Aquatic Centre
Address: Park Street
Phone: 9821 2269

Open from Wednesday 1 November 2017

Opening Hours:
11.00am - 6.00pm 7 days a week
6.00am - 8.00am Monday - Friday (Laps)

Entry Fees:
Adult $5.00
Children $4.00
Pension Card $4.50
Senior Citizen Swimmer $4.00
Spectator $2.00
Spectator Senior Citizen $1.00
Children (4 years and under) FREE
Family Entry (2 adults & up to 3 children) $15.50

For all other fees please refer to the Shire of Katanning Annual Budget 2017/2018 Schedule of Fees and Charges.
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!

Life Long Readers Book Club
Meeting date:
Friday 3 November 2017
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Talking about: The African Queen
As World War I reaches the heart of the African jungle, Charlie Allnutt and Rose Sayer, a dishevelled trader and an English spinster missionary, find themselves thrown together by circumstance. Fighting time, heat, malaria, and bullets, they make their escape on the rickety steamboat The African Queen...and hatch their own outrageous military plan. Originally published in 1935, The African Queen is a tale replete with vintage Forester drama - unrelenting suspense, reckless heroism, impromptu military manoeuvres, near-death experiences - and a good old-fashioned love story to boot.

Public Art Gallery Update
Coming up in the gallery...
PUBLIC in Katanning, The Core
An Exhibition launching PUBLIC in Katanning; part of the PUBLIC Silo Trail project.
2 - 7 November 2017
Katanning Public Art Gallery, 16 Austral Terrace, Katanning

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
October 2017
The following items were approved at the Council meeting:

1. Piesse Lake Structure Plan - Modified Document
Council approved the modified Piesse Lake Structure Plan version G SPN/2031.

2. Drainage Easement - Lot 500, Reserve 24612 - St John Ambulance Sub-Centre, Clive Street Katanning

Council notes the change in purpose of Reserve 7625 to access drainage and parking, with power to lease; and grants authority to the President and Chief Executive Officer to affix common seal of the council to the execution document for the purpose of easement 'A' for the purpose of 'the drainage of water'.

3. Strategic Community Plan

Council approved the draft Strategic Community Plan - Katanning 2027 and advertises the plan for public comment.

4. Austral Terrace Landscape Concept Design
Council approved the Austral Terrace Concept Plan Stage 1 & 2 Revision B, October 2017 by REALM Studio, pending selection of suitable pavers. Removal of the overhead powerlines along Austral Terrace. Suitable commemorative plaques or pavers to be placed in locations of the removed power poles.

5. KSHCP - A Housing and Community Development Project For Community Growth Master Plan
Council approved the Masterplan produced by Hames Sharley for the Welcome Precinct, Austral Terrace and Piesse Lake Precincts titles 'KSHCP Housing & Tourism Masterplan October 2017'.

All Council Agendas and minutes can be found at
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