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October 2018
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 Pop Up Shop. If you have any suggestions or feedback please send them to

Removal of Equipment
The Shire of Katanning received funding from the State Government Royalties for Regions - Growing Our South and from Lotterywest to undertake the Katanning SuperTown Heritage Centre Project (KSHCP).

A part of the KSHCP is the Welcome Precinct which encompasses the All Ages Playground, Skate Park and Lions Park. There is going to be a redevelopment of the area with planned landscaping, new parking areas, amenities including a public toilet block, pedestrian access ways, extension of the Skate Park and complete rebuild of the All Ages Playground.

This work is scheduled to commence in January 2019. The Shire is therefore seeking a not for profit group to remove the children’s play equipment from the fenced area and relocate it to Prosser Park.

The group would be responsible for the removal or all the items, transport and works involved in relocating the equipment for a negotiated service fee from the Shire. The Shire will be able to help with limited capacity of plant and labour as negotiated.

Council envisioned that this could be a fundraising opportunity for your club/group. The works would have to be completed before Christmas.

If you are interested in this proposal, please contact Sue Eastcott on 9821 9999 or email before 5 October 2018.

Once all interested parties are registered a briefing session will be held to explain the proposal on Wednesday 10 October 2018 at 5.30pm in the Community Room at the Katanning Library.

Andrus Budrikis 

Last chance: Nominations close this month
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 2019.

To nominate a local citizen you think deserves recognition, please visit the Shire website. Alternatively, forms are available at the Shire office on request.

The Citizen of the Year nominations can be made online

For more information contact Amy Knight 9821 9999 or email Nominations close 31 October 2018.

Shire of Katanning Disposal of Surplus Equipment
The following used items are being offered for sale:

Eswood Under Bench Dish Washer
Repco Fitness, step machine
Goldstein Commercial Oven
Stainless Steel Commercial Kitchen Bench
Bench Press
Assorted Office Chairs (sold as one)
Office Desk

The equipment can be inspected on site at the Katanning Leisure Centre, Pemble Street, Katanning. An appointment to inspect the equipment can be made by contacting Jenny Cristinelli at the Katanning Leisure Centre, 9821 4399.

Offers are to be made in writing on the Asset Disposal Offer Form including name and contact details, stating the price offered.

The Asset Disposal Offer Form should be addressed to the undersigned and delivered to the Shire of Katanning Administration, 16-24 Austral Terrace Katanning WA 6317 or emailed to by 2.00pm 19 October 2018.

All goods are offered on ‘as is, where is’ basis and must be collected/removed within 7 days of acceptance of the offer. Payment must be made prior to collection.

Julian Murphy

When was the last time you went to a live quality Comedy & Music show???
Wagga comedian Dane Simpson (as seen on Channel Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention and at the Melbourne International Comedy Fest), emerging indigenous talent, stars in this highly engaging variety night. Dane & Rob deliver a winning headline set of shamelessly goofy dad jokes, picaresque tall tales and acoustic music. Cash bar available, limited seats, 70 minutes duration plus interval, light supper at interval.
Adults $30.
Concession $25.
Under 18 $15.

Date: Thursday 11 October
Where: Katanning Town Hall, Austral Tce
Tickets available at the Shire or 9821 9999.
Bloom Festival only half way through!
The Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern 2018 Bloom Festival is STILL HAPPENING ... over 60 pages of fantastic events there is something for everyone this spring in the Great Southern. Programs can be picked up from the Shire of Katanning Administration, Katanning Public Library, Katanning Visitors Centre or any of the event holders. It can be downloaded at 
Rates 2018/19 Reminder
The 2018/19 Rates payment in full, and first installment payment, was due on 25 September 2018. If you haven’t already, please pay ASAP to avoid a Final Notice. The second installment is due on 26 November 2018, and an Installment Reminder Notice will be sent out during October. If you have any questions, please contact Breanna Green on 08 9821 9999 or
Fire Management Requirements
Compliance with the fire management requirements notice is required by 1 November each year and is to be maintained until 30 April each year or as otherwise gazetted.
Property owners will have received with their Rates Notice a Fire Management Requirement Notice for 2018/2019.  This gives you the information on the standard of work required for your property to reduce the fire hazard over the summer period. If you are using a contractor to complete this work please contact them now to ensure that the work can be completed by the due date of 1 November. Compliance Officers will start inspections from the first week of November and infringements will be issued to those that don’t meet requirements.
The Fire Management Requirements are in place to reduce the risk of a fire starting and /or the severity of an impact from an approaching fire. The Notice is not only in place for your safety and for the protection of your property, but also for the safety of the volunteer fire fighters who put themselves at considerable risk to fight the fires.
If you have any questions please contact your local Fire Control Officer, or the Community Emergency Services Manager Kelly MacLeod on 0417 071 567.
Restricted Burning Period starts TODAY
1 October 2018 to 31 October 2018

“Under the Bush Fires Act 1954, it is an offence to light fires during the Prohibited and Restricted Burning Times, except in certain circumstances. All burning during the Restricted Burning Period requires a Permit. BURNING IS PROHIBITED ON A VERY HIGH, SEVERE, EXTREME OR CATASTROPHIC FIRE DANGER DAYS.” From the Fire Management Requirements 2018-2019 (Shire of Katanning)

The Restricted Burning Period for Katanning commences on 1 October 2018 and will be in place until 31 October 2018. A ‘Permit to Burn’ is required for ALL fires lit during this period, including backyard garden refuse. A permit is free of charge and can be obtained from your local Fire Control Officer or the Shire Administration. Please note it is your responsibility to adhere to the conditions of the permit for any fire you light. The fire is still alight until there are no heat and/or embers present. It is the permit holder’s responsibility to manage the fire. Any fire lit without a permit may incur a $250 infringement if reported to authorities. A copy of the Fire Management Requirement Notice is available on the Shire website or for further details contact the Acting Community Emergency Services Manager Kelly MacLeod on 0417 071 567 or your local Fire Control Officer.  
Can Emergency Services find you?
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. This also assists other services such as tree lopping or Water Corp.
If you have any questions please contact the Shire on 9821 9999.
Mosquito Management
The Shire will soon commence its mosquito control program. This includes fogging around town. As of Monday 15 October 2018 the below mosquito breeding sites will be targeted:
  • Marion Street
  • Oxley Road
  • Claude Street
  • Drove Street/Old Saleyards
  • All Ages Playground
  • Blantyre/Bokarup Street
  • Caravan Park
  • Cornwall Street
  • Creek Street
  • Opposite Martin Cres
  • Police Pools
  • Synnott Avenue Tanks
  • Synnott Avenue
  • Piesse Dam and Piesse Street
  • Conroy Preschool
  • Great Southern Highway/McLeod Street
  • Kojonup/Katanning Road
  • Katanning Leisure Centre Dam
For further information please contact Cherrie on 9821 9999.

How to contact the Ranger
If anyone has seen or have been in any situations regarding dogs or cats please inform the Ranger through the correct channels as messaging/posting through different facebook pages/groups and other such social media platforms will not help in providing the correct services.

Please contact the Ranger directly through the Shire of Katanning on 0409 891 645 or our after hours services on 9821 9999 and/or email at

These issues are important to us so please help us help you through any of these matters.

Magpie Season is here
Please take the time to read the helpful information provided by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions at their website

Please note that magpies, and all fauna native to Australia, are afforded protection under both State and Commonwealth Law. Therefore the Ranger cannot intervene.

They swoop to protect eggs and young from potential predators. It is better to avoid the area or live with the swooping bird for six to eight weeks until the chicks learn to fly and the problem ceases.

Katanning Regional Business Awards (KRBA)
Congratulations to our Customer Service/Administration Officer Asher Tussler-Brookfield and our Trainee Customer Service/Administration Officer Breanna Green, for being selected as finalists in the 2018 KRBA Awards held on Saturday 29 September. Top effort to Breanna who was awarded the 2018 Katanning Rotary Trainee of Year.
Street Sweeper
The Shire of Katanning Street Sweeper is operated before 7.00am on a regular schedule:
  • Town Square and Town Centre – Twice a week
  • Remaining Town Streets – Minimum once a month
Should you have any queries regarding the Street Sweeper, please contact the Engineering Department on 9821 9999 or email
Katanning Leisure Centre
Address: 4 Pemble Street
Phone: 9821 4399

Term 4 – Group Fitness Timetable is as follows:
9.30am                 Les Mills Body Attack (30 min)
10.00am               CX Worx (30 min)
6.00pm                 Les Mills Body Pump (1 hour)
6.30pm                 Les Mills Body Balance (1 hour)
9.30am                 Les Mills Body Pump (30 min)
10.00am              HIIT Step (30 min)
1.30pm                 Seniors Gym
5.45pm                 RPM (30 min)
6.15pm                 Les Mills Tone (45 min)
5.30pm                 HIIT Step (30 min)
6.10pm                 Les Mills Body Pump (1 hour)
6.30pm                 Les Mills Body Balance (1 hour) 
9.30am                 Les Mills Tone (1 hour)
1.30pm                 Seniors Gym
6.00pm                 Les Mills Body Attack (30 min)
6.30pm                 CX Worx (30 min)
6.15am                 RPM (1 hour)
9.30am                 Born To Move (30 min)  2 – 4 year olds
10.15am               Les Mills Body Balance  TBC

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
Inter generational Mindfulness Sessions
Thursdays 3.30-4.30pm

Term 4 Story Time will resume on Tuesday 9 October (held every Tuesday 10.00am). All children are welcome. We have a great term of activities ready so come down to the library and read, sing and create with us!

Thursdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Toy Library
Mondays 2.30pm-4.00pm
Tuesdays & Saturdays 10.30am-11.30am

Life Long Readers Book Club

Meeting date: Friday 5 October
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Talking about: 
The Apricot Colonel by Marian Halligan

For Cassandra, an editor, books are easy. It's the real life that's the challenge: it doesn't sit quietly and let itself be fixed. Right now Cassandra's life seems far too heavy on the suspense, while the romance is distinctly unconvincing. But that was before the murders started, and before she suspected her own name was on the hit list.

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.

Bloom Festival Activities
Come down to the library and get creative! We are filling the library with flowers to celebrate Bloom Festival. There are activities set up for you to try out your creative skills. We’d love to see you here at the Katanning Library!
  • Flower strings
  • Tissue Paper flowers
  • Origami flowers
  • Paper plate flowers
  • And much more!
Community Puzzle
Our new jigsaw will be out as soon as the school holidays are finished…..its a beautiful Carousel image!

State Library - Inter-Library Loan Changes
From 1 August, as a result of a joint review between the State Library of Western Australia and representatives from the Public Libraries WA Group (PLWA), what can be requested via the Public Libraries Inter Library Loans will change.

Due to these current restrictions, the following items cannot be requested on inter-library loan:
  • No items less than twelve months old  both fiction and non-fiction
  • No junior fiction or YA items – some exceptions for YA graphic novels over 12 months old
  • No Audio books or DVDs
There are exceptions for people with special needs including disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Public Art Gallery
Address: 16 Austral Terrace
Phone: 9821 4310

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
Sunday: CLOSED

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

Upcoming Exhibitions

Double Artist Exhibition

David Papenfus & Margaret Innes

01/10/2018 to


Machines and Makers

Shire - Arts on the Move

26/10/2018 to


The Last Ride performance


16/11/2018 to


Machines and Makers (reprise)

Shire - Arts on the Move

17/11/2018 to


Council Meeting Highlights
September 2018
The following items were approved at the Council meeting:
1. Community Donations included in the Annual Budget for the 2018/19 financial year.
2. Provided the Katanning Art Gallery exhibition space for a 3 week period for David Papenfus and Margaret Innes’ exhibition.

All Council Agendas and minutes can be found at
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