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August 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: Ngala Wongga 
Wed 7 August                Southern Dirt TECHSPO 2019 Day 1: Wagin
Thu 8 August                 Southern Dirt TECHSPO 2019 Day 2: Katanning
Sat 10 August                Katanning Arts and Crafts Society: Saturday Craft
Sun 11 August               Piesse Lake: Planting Day
Sat 17 August                Katanning Farmers Market
Mon 19 August              2019 Book Week Launch
Thu 22 August               Rabobank WA Sheep Expo & Ram Sale Day 1
Fri 23 August                 Rabobank WA Sheep Expo & Ram Sale Day 2
Sat 24 August                Op Shop Themed Variety Night 
Sun 25 August               Piesse Lake: Planting Day
Tue 27 August                Public Ordinary Council Meeting August 2019
Sat 31 August                Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Shows
To have your local event listed, please submit information to


Katanning’s All Ages Playground was always much more than your ‘typical park’, with its iconic giant playground equipment. The unique equipment made its way back home to the All Ages Playground site on Thursday 18 July 2019 in an exciting milestone in the current works.

Many of the community and visitors alike can recall childhood memories of sliding down the giant spiral slide and will soon get to pass on the same experiences to the next generation in the new All Ages Playground.

“We are thrilled that many of the old slide decks have been upgraded and are featured in the new playground,” Shire President Liz Guidera said.

The giant play equipment has been refurbished as part of a $5 million upgrade of Katanning’s much loved park funded through the State Government Royalties for Regions program and Lotterywest. The renovated equipment now features added safety elements and colourful paintwork and are a memorable part of Katanning’s history.

Southern Dirt TECHSPO aims to be Western Australia’s premier technology and innovation event for the Agricultural community and associated industries. We are bringing technology developers, farmers, advisors, expert researchers and officials together for one day of advanced agriculture technology, information sharing and collaboration. Starting with a full conference in which all is provided, you will then have the opportunity to go in-field and see both livestock and cropping technologies in action.

To keep up to date on all things TECHSPO, visit New information on speakers and exhibitors will be available frequently.

WEBINAR for Prospective Elected Members

 Ever thought about nominating to become a Councillor, but you aren't sure if the role is for you? Then be sure to register for this free webinar to have all your questions answered.

This Webinar focuses on the following key areas:

  • Parliament’s role in creating legislation for Local Government;
  • how to read the Local Government Act 1995 and Regulations;
  • who does what at a Local Government;
  • a Councillor’s personal responsibilities; and
  • consequences of improper conduct.

WALGA’S Communications webinar will be presented by James McGovern, Manager, Governance. Joining James for the Q&A session will be Lyn Fogg, WALGA’s Governance Advisor and Tony Brown, Executive Director, Governance and Organisational Services.

As with all of our webinars, you will have the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A Session at the end of the presentation. This webinar will be recorded and made available to the public within a few days of the event.

Date: Thursday, 15 August

Time: 5:00pm – 6.00pm (including presentation and Q&A session)

Be quick to register as places will fill fast.

To register for this free webinar please go to:

Business and House Numbers to be Displayed
Many businesses and houses in town do not have numbers displayed. This makes it difficult for out of town visitors to find their destination for appointments; to identify who lives at the property when dealing with enquiries and other matters.
More importantly in an emergency where time is critical, emergency services such as police, fire and ambulance may make a big difference in outcomes. 
How to contact the Ranger
If anyone has seen or have been in any situations re
garding 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 9821 9999 or email at

Dog and Cat Registration
All dogs and cats over the age of three months are required by law to be registered and micro-chipped. This makes it easier to return pets to their rightful owners and denies the need to impound them. This will not only save additional costs and charges to the owners but also means your pets are returned home. 

Wandering Dogs
Not only is it against the law to allow your dog to wander, pets wandering at large can pose a serious public health and safety risk.
If a dog is found wandering, there are penalties involved and your dog may be impounded if no registration tag or microchip is found. 
Wandering dogs run the risk of injury, being poisoned or even killed on the road. On top of this, if your dog causes damage or injury to another animal or person, you may be liable for damages.
Wandering dogs can also spread diseases and parasites to other animals in the area, so ensure your pet is vaccinated and treated.
As a dog owner it is your responsibility to ensure that your dog can’t wander off your property.
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.
Public Library
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 2 August 2019
(First Friday of every month)
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Library Community Room

Into the Wadi by Michele Drouart
Into the Wadi is the true story of a young Australian woman who meets a fellow student at an American university who is from Jordan. They return to Jordan to live with his family, and then marry. Written against the versions of Arab and Muslim culture found in such popular texts as Not Without My Daughter, Princess and Sold; Michele Drouart's memoir is a sensitive, compelling exploration of cultural similarity and difference, of family, exile and belonging and the complexities of human relationships. This book is an extraordinary piece of writing from a major new talent.

New arrivals at the library

Public Art Gallery
Address: 16 Austral Terrace
Phone: 9821 4310

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

Current Exhibitions
29 July 2019 - 24 August 2019:  Ngala Wongga (Come Talk) - Arts on the Move

Upcoming Exhibitions
2 September 2019 - 17 September 2019: Dirt - Katanning Arts & Craft Society
Ordinary Council Meeting Highlights
July 2019
The following items were approved at the Ordinary Council meeting:
  1. Development approval for security fencing at the WAMMCO Abattoir.
  2. Adoption of the Amherst Village Pet Policy.
  3. Endorsement of the Katanning Brand Development and Content Plan.
  4. Endorsement of the Katanning Rotary Park plan.
All Council Agendas and minutes can be found at
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