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April 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 still available at the Shire Administration, Library, Visitors Centre and Katanning Leisure Centre. If you have any suggestions or feedback please send them to
Town Memorial Clock Restoration
The Shire of Katanning has commenced planning for the restoration of the Town Memorial Clock to its original condition. Located on the corner of Austral Terrace and Clive Street, the clock is one of only two that are operational in the public realm; the second one in WA Parliament House.
Restoration works are to include:
  • Rebuilding of the clock mechanisms cabinet
  • Cleaning and repair of the clock mechanism in the base of the clock tower
  • Cleaning and repair of the mechanism that drives the clock hands
  • Clock faces and hands removed, repainted and reinstalled
  • Electrical components refurbished where required
  • Lights on the clock faces to be replaced
During the Commonwealth Jubilee celebrations in 1951, the community of Katanning decided to erect a memorial to 'honour their pioneer women especially those bush nurses whose unselfish devotion to their fellows should never be forgotten'. The construction of the clock began in 1955 and was unveiled 16 March 1956 by Sister Elizabeth Grover. Elizabeth Grover was at the time of unveiling, the oldest surviving daughter of William Grover, who was one of the first settlers in the shire and second policeman to be stationed at Police Pools. 
Reminder: Restricted Burning Period
14 February 2018 – 30 April 2018  
The Restricted Burning Period commenced on 14 February and will be in place until 30 April.  A ‘Permit to Burn’ is required for all fires lit during this period including burning backyard garden refuse. A Permit is free of charge and can be obtained from the Shire Office or your local Fire Control Officer. Please note any fire you light is your responsibility to manage. 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 Community Emergency Services Manager Cindy Pearce on 0417 071 567 or your local Fire Control Officer.  
Harmony Festival Success
The Shire of Katanning would like to thank all the volunteers, staff, local businesses and sponsors for their contribution to the largest Harmony Festival to date! Over 5,000 people were estimated to be in Katanning over the weekend for the Believe-It-Or-Not Tour, Friday Food Night, Farmers Markets, Museum and the Harmony Festival. 
Your feedback would be greatly appreciated as we commence planning for the 2019 Harmony Festival- 10 year birthday celebration! 

Feedback request
Katanning Landcare wants to ensure they are delivering what the community wants. Please spare two minutes of your time and complete their survey: 

Piesse Lake Update

Shire of Katanning operational staff are currently working on the Piesse Lake nutrient stripping basin. The Maintenance team are undertaking this important project between other works, so they are progressing the work as they can. If you pass by the project, you will notice that grated pits have been installed behind the eastern facing concrete wall. There is also a bund being constructed about 5m behind the grated pits. The enclosed area will become a nutrient stripping basin.
The next stage will be importing of stockpiled earth backfill to construct earth batters, and then filling the enclosed area with aggregate, topped off with natural topsoil to provide a planting medium. On completion of project, the existing concrete retaining structures will be hidden behind a 1:3 earth batter, and the nutrient stripping basin will be planted out with natural reeds, giving the structure a more natural look, whilst operating to clean water from the adjacent lake area. Staff will continue to work on this location over the coming weeks.
Rates Reminder
2017/18 Rates – Final Instalment
Please keep in mind that the final instalment for the 2017/18 Rates is due before 4.00pm on Friday 20 April 2018. 
2017/18 Rates – Payment Plans
If you wish to discuss a payment plan for any outstanding amounts on your Rates, please do not hesitate to contact the Rates Officer on 9821 9999 or
Reminder: Expression of Interest
The Shire of Katanning is inviting trades and services to register an EOI for future works in upcoming, ongoing and planned major projects.
The Shire is seeking a variety of building, landscape and road construction trades and suppliers.
The Shire welcomes EOI from trades and contractor services from Katanning and surrounding districts.
EOI registration forms are available at or the Shire Administration. For further information please contact Sue on 9821 9999 or email
Reminder: Green Waste Verge Collection 
The Shire of Katanning will offer a free Green Waste Verge Collection commencing Monday 9 April 2018.
Please make sure waste is on the verge before 6am Monday 9 April 2018.

To help prevent unsightly verges, you are encouraged to put your garden waste out the weekend of the 9 April 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

Reminder: Hard Waste Collection
The Shire of Katanning is providing one hard waste collection for residential properties that currently receive a rubbish (or bin) service. This is all residential properties within the town site. As verge collection are picked up by mechanical means, please follow the advised information below to avoid any concerns:
   Place your waste neatly on the verge no more than 7 days prior to the scheduled start date for your area
   Have your waste on the verge by Monday 6.00am on the scheduled start date for your area as the contractor will only check your verge once
   Allow 5-7 working days for your collection
   Obstruct the footpath, your normal bin service or the line of sight of pedestrians, cyclists or car, place your waste next to trees, power poles, walls, streets sighs, sprinklers or water meters (as these may be damaged)
   Place your waste inside your property line
   Waste placed on the verge more than 10 days prior to your area collection commencing, or after the truck has passed, may render you liable to a litter infringement notice

   Place your waste on other verges as it will not be collected from vacant properties or public reserves, and may render you liable to a little infringement notice
Residents who have restricted verge access are requested to contact the Shire for advice prior to the collection commencing in your area.

What will be collected:
                Old furniture
                White goods (fridges, stoves etc)
                Scrap metal Timber Products (up to 2m in length)
                General junk
                Up to 3 cubic metres of material (ie 1x1x3 metres)
What will NOT be collected:
                NO green waste
                NO asbestos or fibre cement products
                NO foodstuff or domestic rubbish
                NO bricks, sand or building rubble
                NO tyres, batteries or oil
                NO car bodies or vehicle parts
                NO liquid waste
                NO household hazardous, medical or veterinary waste
                NO cement or concrete
                NO stumps, palm logs or tree roots
                NO paints, chemicals, oils or acids
                NO object exceeding 2m in length

Place your bulk rubbish on the verge without obstructing footpaths into two separate piles
Pile 1: White goods only         
Pile 2: General goods only

To prevent the risk of child entrapment, doors MUST be detached from fridges & freezers
The truck collecting metal products is a separate truck from the general collection vehicle.

If you have any questions, please contact the Shire Office on (08) 9821 9999 or visit our 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: 7.00pm
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.

Friday: 6.00pm - 7.00pm

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.
Public Library
Address: 16 Austral Terrace
Phone: 9821 4300

Yarn Bombing or Board gaming- choose your battle

Join us on Thursdays to test your crocheting skill or game board play. We have a smorgasbord of wool or games to choose from. Play in a group or as a dual. You can even challenge yourself to some crocheting while you are here, we have patrons who are more than happy to share their crocheting skills. Or maybe try multi-tasking, crocheting and game board play in the same time- it’s your Thursday afternoon, you decide. If you have a game board you would like to challenge others to, please feel to bring that along too.
For great community atmosphere and fun, see you at the library on 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. Come on in, grab and cuppa and get lost in!

Life Long Readers Book Club
Meeting date: Friday 6 April
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Talking about: The Battlers

Snow was one of the drifters and wanderers of Australia in the '30s whose home was the open road; Dancy, a hard-bitten young woman, had been deserted on the track. Their story, and that of the motley crowd of battlers that travelled the roads looking for work or avoiding it, is told with compassion and humour in this rich, human tale of life in the raw.

Join the hunt for the Golden Feather!!!
Katanning Public Library is hosting FORM’s treasure hunt for feathers. There are blank ones to be decorated, silver ones and the special golden one. Either one could win you a prize. Come into the Katanning Public Library and join the search.

Spydus System
It’s been a month since Katanning Public Library transitioned over to the new management system. The staff at the library are slowly getting familiar with the system and all the different and extensive features that Spydus offers. Katanning Public Library is slowly initiating the Inter Library Loans request again. All the staff at the library really appreciate how supportive and understanding the community has been with the glitches we have had along the way and our learning process.

Book Donations
A big thank you to our community members who have donated a great range of books to the library. A lot of the items are in fantastic condition to share with the rest of the community. The books look great on the shelves, and the rest of the community are enjoying being able to access a greater variety of books. Go Katanning Community!

Katanning Toy Library (KTL) is welcoming new members now! KTL is a not-for profit, fully volunteer run community group which loans out toys, games and puzzles to members like a book library. Our toys are suitable for children from 6 months to 6+ years of age.  We have approximately 450 toys available for loan including puzzles and boardgames, baby toys, imaginative play centres (kitchens, tool workshops, shops), push-along and ride on toys and bikes, and construction sets like duplo. We are currently open 10.30-11.30am Tuesday and Saturday in the Katanning Library. KTL was incorporated on 24 March 2018. We hope to organise a celebration for later in the year.

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

Upcoming Exhibitions
Harmony Exhibition 15 March to 7 April
Baggage 16 April to 12 May
Braeside Primary School 21 May to 9 June
Closed for Renovations 12 June to 29 June
NAIDOC 6 June to 21 July
Single Artist Exhibition 25 July to 11 August
The Wedding Dress 20 August to 08 September
Bloom Festival 13 September to 15 September
Double Artist Exhibition 24 September to 20 October
Machines and Makers 26 October to 24 November

Please note exhibitions can change. Follow us for regular updates
Council Meeting Highlights
March 2018
The following items were approved at the Council meeting:

1. Lake Ewlyamartup
The Shire of Katanning will act as the lead agent for the Lake Ewlyamartup Maintenance and Management Plan and work with the community to manage the plan.
2. Regional Impact Project
The Shire of Katanning will become a founding member of the Collaboration for Regional Impact Project which aims to: 
  • Properly identify the issues that matter to the people living in the region;
  • Align existing resources from State and Federal bodies, and the Not For Profit and commercial sectors, towards an agreed framework for impact, including ‘what’s working and what’s not’;
  • Harness the social impact investment and corporate market to provide additional financial support towards the implementation of chosen interventions; and
  • Measure outcomes to meet the requirements of the social impact investment market.
All Council Agendas and minutes can be found at
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