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December 2019
Hard copies of this newsletter 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. 
This is the last edition of Shire Matters. The Shire of Katanning's newsletter will be changing its name and moving to the Great Southern Herald from January 2020. Electronic copies of the new newsletter will still be available on the Shire of Katanning's website. More information to follow. Keep updated at

ONGOING                Katanning Public Gallery: Pathfinders's Quilt Exhibition
Thu 5 Dec                 Betta & Comfort Style Katanning VIP Night
Sat 7 Dec                  Robinson Crusoe & the Pirates - Youth Dramatic Society
Sun 8 Dec                 Carols by Candlelight at Town Square
Fri 13 Dec                 Rollerblading Night at the KLC
Sat 14 Dec                Christmas Markets at the Neighbourhood Centre
Sat 14 Dec                Skate Park Competition
Sat 14 Dec                Christmas on Clive
Tue 17 Dec               December Public Ordinary Council Meeting 
Fri 20 Dec                 School Holidays Commence
Sat 21 Dec                Katanning Farmers Markets
Tue 24 Dec               Shire Administration Closes at 12noon
The Shire of Katanning Public Ordinary Council Meetings for 2020 commencing at 6.00pm in the Council Chambers, 52 Austral Terrace, Katanning will be held on the following dates :

              Tuesday            25 February 2020
              Tuesday            24 March 2020
              Tuesday            28 April 2020
              Tuesday            26 May 2020
              Tuesday            23 June 2020
              Tuesday            28 July 2020
              Tuesday            25 August 2020
              Tuesday            22 September 2020
              Tuesday            27 October 2020
              Tuesday            24 November 2020
              Tuesday            22 December 2020

        Tuesday           24 December 2019          Closed from 12 Noon
         Wednesday     25 December 2019          Closed
         Thursday         26 December 2019          Closed
         Friday              27 December 2019          Closed
         Monday           30 December 2019          Closed
         Tuesday          31 December 2019          Closed
         Wednesday     1 January 2020               Closed
         Thursday         2 January 2020               Open 8.30am – 5.00pm

Please call the Shire of Katanning on 9821 9999 if you have any enquiries.
Emergency phone number: 9821 9999 (Shire matters)
Fire / Storm Emergency phone number: 000
On behalf of all the Shire Staff we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.

If you plan to stay and defend your home you must have an INDEPENDENT water supply and pumping capability. Scheme water may not be available due to damaged infrastructure and cuts to electricity. Experience shows that when there is extreme demand water supply and pressure are at risk.  

Water Corporation makes preparation for the bushfire season to cope with extreme conditions. Despite these efforts, it is likely there will be a reduction in water pressure, and scheme water supply tanks may run dry in the event of fire.

Use the Department of Fire & Emergency Services resources to develop a bushfire survival plan that is suitable for your family and personal situation:  You can find more information online at:  DFES Fire plan  

To support bushfire plans, people with groundwater bores and surface water access can take and store emergency water without it counting against their entitlements. For more information on this and for the location of emergency bushfire water supplies in dryland agricultural areas visit the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation's website.

Drinking water
We recommend you keep a supply of drinking water available throughout summer in case your water supply is interrupted.

ssistance for customers affected by bushfire
After a bushfire we are able to assist you with issues such as damaged water meters and payment difficulties.  If you have been affected by bushfire please call us on 13 13 85.

The Emergency WA website provides emergency information and community safety warnings. Call 000 in a life threatening emergency or the SES 132 500 for emergency assistance.


Round 2 2019/2020 Applications Open

The Shire of Katanning Community Grants Program (CGP), formerly known as the Community Financial Assistance Program (CFAP), provides funding support in 2 categories of up to, and over $5,000 each, to enable the Shire to support projects that promote community capacity, improve social participation and inclusion as well as enhance community harmony and social cohesion.

Each application will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. Does the project meet a community need?
  2. Does the project benefit a sufficiently broad, or diverse, target group?
  3. Does the organisation have the capacity to undertake and manage the project?
  4. Does the application represent value for money?
  5. collaborative community wide projects are encouraged;
  6. demonstrating alignment with the Shire of Katanning community vision

To submit an application for CGP funding, applicants must complete an application form located on the Shire of Katanning website through the Community Grants Program Page or at the Shire of Katanning administration building.

Please read the guidelines located on the website prior to submitting an application.

Applications are to be received by Friday 31 January 2020.

Further enquiries about the CGP should be directed to Natassia Shirazee on (08) 9821 9999 or

Council determined, during budget deliberations to move from an early payments discount scheme to an incentive prize for timely payment of rates (in full).
Rather than offer a small discount to ratepayers who paid their rates in full by the due date, Council decided to offer five prizes, valued at $1,000 each.
The vouchers, supplied by the Katanning Regional Business Association, allow the winners to spend their prize at local businesses who are members of the Katanning Regional Business Association and this adds value to businesses in Katanning.
Five winners were randomly drawn by an electronic system and three of the five winners attended Council on Tuesday 26 November 2019 to receive their prize from Shire President Liz Guidera.
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 4 – Group Fitness Timetable is as follows:
(Commencing 14 October 2019)

6.15am           RPM – 30mins (Bookings Essential)
5.30pm           HIITStep
6.10pm           Matwork Pilates 50mins
9.30am           Matwork Pilates
10.30am         Seniors Gym
5.45pm           RPM – 30mins (Bookings Essential)
6.20pm           MetaPWR – 30mins (Bookings Essential)
5.30pm           MetaFit
6.10pm           Body Pump
5.30pm           HIITStep
6.10pm          CX Worx (17 Oct – 7 Nov)

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.

For more information about what's happening at the Katanning Public Library please head to the Facebook page:

Online Resources
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.
Computer Services
We have public computers with access to the internet, publishing and printing. You can also bring your own device and connect to the free wi-fi. Printing, photocopying, laminating and scanning services are available.  Prices vary for each service. Use of the internet is free.

Katanning Public Library’s Online Platform
SPYDUS is Katanning Public Library’s online platform. You can access it on any device. Simply go to and enter your Username (library card number) and Password (6317).

· See what’s new                 · Search our collection                 · Reserve an item
· Request items from other libraries            · Renew your loans                · Suggest a purchase

Bring your device in to the library and we can help you set it up!

Story Time: Every Tuesday 10.00am          Toy Library: Tuesdays & Saturdays 10.30am-11.30am

Genealogy: Thursdays 12.30pm – 3.30pm
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 Irene from 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.

Lifelong Readers Book Club: 6 December 2019 (first Friday of every month) 2.00pm – 4.00pm
The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards 
Lucy Jarrett is at a crossroads in her life, still haunted by her father's unresolved death a decade earlier. She returns to her hometown in Upstate New York, The Lake of Dreams, and, late one night, she cracks the lock of a window seat and discovers a collection of objects. They appear to be idle curiosities, but soon Lucy realizes that she has stumbled across a dark secret from her family's past, one that will radically change her—and the future of her family—forever.

Address: 16 Austral Terrace
Phone: 9821 4310
Free entry to all Gallery exhibitions- call James on 9821 4310 for more information.

Current Exhibitions

28 October 2019 to 7 December 2019: Pathfinders - WA Inspired Art Quilters
Ordinary Council Meeting Highlights
November 2019
The following items were approved at the October Ordinary Council meeting:
  1. Council approved development approval for a Home Business - Beauty Treatment.
  2. Council authorised the Licence Agreement with the Katanning Community Cinema Group Inc for the use of the Katanning Town Hall.
  3. Council approved of the Public Ordinary Council Meeting Dates for 2020.
  4. Council approved changes to the Community Financial Assistance Program to make it more accessible to the community.
All Council Agendas and minutes can be found at
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