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September 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

Ongoing                         Gallery Exhibition: Dirt
Fri 6 SEPT                     Friday Night Rollerblading at the Katanning Leisure Centre
Sun 8 SEPT                   Piesse Lake: Planting Day
Thu 12 SEPT                 Local Government Election Nominations Close
Sat 21 SEPT                  Great Southern Treasures Bloom Festival Begins
Sat 21 SEPT                  Garden Party at Woodchester
Sat 21 SEPT                  Katanning Farmers Market
Thu 26 SEPT                 Gallery Exhibition: Bloom
Fri 27 SEPT                   Mulka: Place Names Katanning -  Bloom Festival Opening
Fri 27 SEPT                   Friday Night Rollerblading at the Katanning Leisure Centre
Tue 24 SEPT                 Public Ordinary Council Meeting September 2019
Mon 30 SEPT                Queen's Birthday Public Holiday (WA Only)

To have your local event listed, please submit information to
As of 1 October 2019 the refuse site operating hours will be changing. The new hours of operation will be:
         Monday - Tuesday              Closed
         Wednesday - Sunday         11.00AM to 5.00PM
         Public Holidays                   Closed
Its time to start thinking about the coming fire season. Width and height of property access, gateways and emergency access should allow for the dimensions of fire trucks and other emergency vehicles. Measure 4 metres wide and 4 metres high and prune back vegetation. Remove obstacles that would prevent fire units from entering your property.

Clear a space around your home to allow for easy access to your property.

Create a turning circle so we can easily turn around, we may not enter a property that puts us at risk.

Do you have a water source? Dam or Tank (Do not rely on mains water during an emergency)

Are we able to easily access this water as we only carry approx 2000Lts. Does your water tank have a 2in / 50ml Camlock coupling that we can connect to and or easy access to water from the top of the tank.

Do you have a Bushfire Plan? Are you going to stay and defend your property or leave early?

During an emergency there may not be a fire truck at every property.

For further information contact Cindy Pearce Community Emergency Services Manager on Mobile 0417 071 567
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.

Great Southern Treasures is currently looking for a Chairperson
If you have a passion for tourism and living in the Great Southern in the Shires of Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Gnowangerup, Katanning, Kent, Kojonup, Woodanilling or Plantagenet then we want to hear from you.

Full job description available at your local Shire or call 0408 900 337 for more details.

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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 3 – Group Fitness Timetable is as follows:

9.30am           RPM – 30mins (Bookings Essential)
5.30pm           HIITStep
6.30pm           Matwork Pilates 30mins
1.30pm           Seniors Gym (Commencing 13 August)
5.45pm           RPM – 30mins (Bookings Essential)
6.20pm           MetaPWR – 30mins (Bookings Essential)
5.30pm           MetaFit (Commencing 7 August)
6.10pm           Body Pump
10.30am         Mums & Bubs Fitness Class – 30mins
1.30pm           Seniors Gym (Commencing 15 August)
5.30pm           HIITStep
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

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.

Library Club - Every Monday 2:30pm

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 6 September 2019
(First Friday of every month)
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Library Community Room

Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier
Cold Mountain is a novel about a soldier’s perilous journey back to his beloved near the Civil War's end. At once a love story & a harrowing account of one man’s long walk home, Cold Mountain introduces a new talent in American literature.

Based on local history & family stories passed down by Frazier’s great-great-grandfather, Cold Mountain is the tale of a wounded Confederate soldier, Inman, who walks away from the ravages of the war & back home to his prewar sweetheart, Ada. His odyssey thru the devastated landscape of the soon-to-be-defeated South interweaves with Ada’s struggle to revive her father’s farm, with the help of an intrepid young drifter named Ruby. As their long-separated lives begin to converge at the close of the war, Inman & Ada confront the vastly transformed world they’ve been delivered.

Frazier reveals insight into human relations with the land & the dangers of solitude. He also shares with the great 19th century novelists a keen observation of a society undergoing change. Cold Mountain recreates a world gone by that speaks to our time

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.

Current Exhibitions
2 September 2019 - 17 September 2019: Dirt - Katanning Arts & Craft Society
An exhibition that displays a relationship with artifacts made with dirt. 

Upcoming Exhibitions
26 September 2019 - 28 September 2019: Bloom Festival Exhibition - Katanning Garden Club
Ordinary Council Meeting Highlights
August 2019
The following item was approved at the August Special Council meeting:
  •  2019 - 2020 Annual Budget
The following items were approved at the Ordinary Council meeting:
  1. Council approved the following grants for Round 1 of the 2019/2020 Community Financial Assistance Program
    • Katanning Landcare $1,138 ex GST for services for its Wildpaws Walk event as part of the Great Southern Treasures 2019 Bloom Festival
    • Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre $4,080 ex GST for instructor, creche and translator fees for the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) Women and Children Swimming Program
    • Katanning Speedway Club Inc. for $10,283.63 ex GST for materials and electrical work for the Katanning Speedway LED lighting project.
  2. Council accepted the tender from Belgravia Leisure for the Management and Operation of the Katanning Aquatic Centre for a contract period of three years.
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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