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February 2017

First electronic Shire Matters

Welcome to your first electronic Shire Matters
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
Katanning Concert in the Park
The Katanning Lion's Club and Concert Working Committee invite you to the inaugural Katanning Concert in the Park.
Come and watch Ray Ryder and his band under the stars at the Piesse Park Amphitheater  (bring your own chair and rug!).
There will be children's entertainment, local entertainment and food vans.
Ray Ryder and Band

Prohibited Burning Periods  

Residents are reminded the Prohibited Burning Period commenced on 1 November 2016 and will be in place until 15 February 2017. No burning of any kind can be conducted during this period.

Restricted Burning Period
The Restricted Burning Period commences on 15 February 2017. All burning must be carried out with a ‘Permit to Burn’ obtained free from the Shire office or your local Fire Control Officer. Please view the Fire Management Requirements Notice for further information.

The above dates may vary depending on seasonal conditions. Please contact the Shire on 9821 9999 to make sure dates have not changed before lighting any fire. A reminder to all property owners that you need to comply with the Fire Management Requirements Notice and keep fire hazards (eg. long grass) maintained until 30 April 2017.
Responsible dog ownership
The most common complaints in Katanning are wandering dogs and dog nuisance issues, dog attacks and the ownership of more than two dogs as allowed by law. Wandering dogs may incur penalties of up to $200 or a maximum fine of $5,000 if prosecuted in a Magistrates Court. Dogs that cause a nuisance by way of barking may be subject to an “Order to prevent a dog being a nuisance” penalties of $200 or if prosecuted the maximum penalty is $5,000.

Dog attacks are treated as serious issues and there are two types of a dog attack:
1. An attack causing injury
- subject to an infringement notice with a penalty of $400 or a maximum fine in court of $10,000
2.An attack not causing an injury
- subject to an infringement notice with a penalty of $200 or a court imposed penalty of up to $3,000. 

Deliberately setting a dog to attack any person, dog, bird or any other animal in the case of a dangerous dog incurs a penalty of $20,000 and imprisonment for 2 years, in the case of any other dog then a penalty of $10,000 and imprisonment for 1 year.Recent amendments to the Dog Act allows for a local government to approve up to six dogs to reside in a residential area. Before approval is granted consideration is made according to the breed, size and characteristics of the dog or dogs to be approved. The keeping of more than two dogs may result in infringement notices or court imposed penalties that may include keeping unregistered and failing to microchip dogs.

If you are unclear about your dog ownership responsibilities or need more information or clarification about the Dog Act 1976 as amended 2013 please contact the Shire Ranger on 9821 9999.
Leisure Centre Update
8 February – 5 April 2017
Please express your interest in participating in a community challenge to get your summer body in spring.

What’s involved?
  • 3 Body Scans
  • Early morning HIIT session just for challenge participants
  • Meal Plans and simplified meal plans
  • Exercise Programs
  • Health assessment
  • Gym Induction
  • Group Fitness Classes
  • Unlimited Gym Usage
  • Register your physical activity weekly
  • Encouragement from the Leisure Centre Staff
GOLD MEMBERS – $100.00 which includes three body scans and meal plans – complete with weekly shopping lists and recipes, EVERYTHING else listed above included.

NON MEMBERS –– 8 weeks for $298.00 which includes 3 body scans and meal plans and simplified plans – complete with weekly shopping lists and recipes, EVERYTHING else listed above included.

* Must be 14 years and older to participate. 14 – 16 year olds must be supervised by a responsible adult in the gym.
EOI closes – Monday 6 February.
Put your expression of interest in by calling KLC on 98214 399 or email

WHAT IS IT?  - This is a 45 minute class in which a parent or caregiver also takes part. 
The music is written for the class with lyrics that act as sung instructions, leading children through simple moves that build body awareness and balance. 
The class draws on the latest research, but your child won’t notice—they’ll be too busy having fun.
Date: Every Friday morning (starting 10 February 2017)
Time: 9.30am—10.15am
Age: 2 to 4 year olds
Cost: $3.30 per child. FREE for Gold Members

Ladies Social Netball

What's involved?
  • Wednesday 15 February - 29 March 2017
  • Wednesday Nights—6:30-8:30pm
  • Cost: $4.40 per junior (u18) player, $5.50 per senior (18+) player, $2.00 per spectator or FREE for gold member (junior or senior)
· Get your nominations and fees ($25) in by 6th February
· Teams will be required to umpire at fixtured time slots.
· Fixtures Commence 15th February
· Nomination Forms available from Katanning Leisure Centre or by email on or call the friendly staff on 9821 4399.
· Limited Team Nominations—1st 8 teams accommodated.
Roundabout & Towers complete

The new roundabout and towers are now complete. Funded through the SuperTowns project, the roundabout and towers were created to slow down highway traffic and encourage passers by to turn into the Katanning Town Centre. Public consultations were held for the design and landscaping of the roundabout and our local TAFE students helped with the planting. The new town entrance will later align with other projects as part of the Heritage Centre project.
Rates 2016/17
Instalment payments are due on 2 February 2017. This is the final instalment for ratepayers paying by two instalments. The final instalment for ratepayers opting for the four instalment option will be due on 6 April 2017.

If ratepayers are not on an instalment option and do not have an payment arrangement with the Shire of Katanning, please contact the rates officer at the Shire of Katanning immediately. Legal action may be taken to recover overdue rates. If you have changed your postal address, please inform the Shire of Katanning so your postal address can be updated.
Australia Day 2017
The annual Lion's Club Australia Day breakfast and ceremony received a great turn out on Thursday 26 January. Various community members braved the heat and enjoyed the various entertainment throughout the morning. Congratulations to our Citizen of the Year Award winners:
  • Citizen of the Year: Robert Godfrey
  • Senior Citizen of the Year: Ronald Smith (posthumously)
  • Youth Citizen of the Year: Kieran Stephens
  • Active Citizenship (group or event): Joint winners Katanning Action Network and Katanning Agricultural Society
  • Katanning Community Long Service: Peter Kerin
Are you passionate about Tourism in Katanning?
Have you considered volunteering your time and attending a Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern meeting?

The Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern is a collaborative partnership between nine Shires in the northern and south-eastern parts of the Great Southern region. These communities are predominantly recognised for the primary industry of agriculture from broad acre cropping, sheep for wool and meat production, viticulture, silviculture and horticulture. Steeped in the heritage of our early settlers, this often overlooked area of Western Australia offers a unique glimpse of the ‘real backbone’ of our farming communities. The Hidden Treasures group represents these eight Shire by marketing and promoting them as a group of Shires to visit. By jointly undertaking promotion and marketing, for tourism, events and activities, the Shires and the region receive significant more value, for a lower investment if the Shires were to “go it alone”.
The role of the Hidden Treasures Group is to:

  • Jointly promote tourism product, experiences and activities for all participating Shires and their communities;
  • Produce an Annual Activities Report for all participating Shires;
  • Seek to leverage Shire funding to draw additional funds for events, tourism marketing and regional promotion;
  • Disseminate information on relevant opportunities to Shires;
  • Market all Shires of the Hidden Treasures with equity and respect; and
  • Develop community partnerships with local, regional, state and national organisations that will enhance and assist the development of tourism in the Hidden Treasures region.
The Hidden Treasures Committee is currently looking for volunteers to help assist their stall at the Perth Caravan and Camping Show from 22 March - 26 March 2017.

If you would more information or would like to attend a meeting please contact Amy on 9821 9999 or
Library Update
Due to staffing changes over February and March there will not be any Story Time, Rhyme Time or Lego Club.

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!

Play in the Park 2017
All Ages Playground
Monday 6 February
10.00am – 12.00pm

Donations required:
The Library is seeking yarn donations for a community arts project. Start 2017 with a spring clean and donate any unused yarn, wool, ribbon or string to us!
Life Long Readers
Meeting date: Friday 3 February
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
First meeting for 2017! Come and pick up a copy of After you by Jojo Moyes.

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.
Council Meeting Highlights
December 2016
Council approved:

1. The purchase of a new street sweeper that was budgeted for in the 2016-2017 budget. 
Community Strategic Plan Achievement: The purchase of a new street sweeper will improve key community aspirational elements as listed on page 10 of the Katanning Strategic Community Plan;
  • Water management – storm water system, the street sweeper is able to efficiently evacuate storm water sumps
  • Transport systems – maintain freight routes and road linkage, the new street sweeper is able to efficiently keep streets and gutters clean.
2. Declares the Electoral Commissioner to be responsible for the conduct of the 2017 ordinary elections together with any other elections or polls which may also be required;
and Decide, that the method of conducting the election will be as a postal election
Community Strategic Plan Achievement: A transparent, accountable and independently run election process aligns with the key aspirational elements of good governance and leadership as contained in the Katanning Community Strategic Plan.

3. The demolition of the old toilet block at the rear of the Mechanics Institute/Town Hall Buildings.
Community Strategic Plan Achievement:
Community and Culture
  • Lifestyle
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