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December 2017
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

Green Waste Verge Collection 
Change of Date

The Shire of Katanning have postponed the Green Waste Verge Collection. The collection will commence in April 2018, date to be confirmed. 
If you have any questions, please contact the Shire of Katanning Administration Office on (08) 9821 9999 or visit our website
Shire of Katanning Pop-up Shop
In response to the community’s need for further information about the Shire projects and activities, the Shire of Katanning has established a pop-up shop at 100 Clive Street, Katanning. The shop includes information regarding the upcoming and ongoing projects in Katanning and will give the community an opportunity to view, engage and discuss with Shire staff and Councillors.
Opening hours are as follows:
Wednesday 6 December, 9.00am - 12.00pm, Soft Opening
Saturday 9 December, 3.00pm onwards, Christmas on Clive
Wednesday (weekly), 9.00am - 12.00pm
Friday (weekly), 9.00am - 12.00pm
The Shire is hoping to continue the service until the Harmony Festival in March 2018.
For further information contact the Shire of Katanning on 9821 9999.

Harmony Festival 2018
Stall Holder Expression of Interest

Save the date for Harmony Festival 2018, Saturday 17 March 2018.
Local stall holder applications open on Monday 2 October 2017.
Non-local stall holder applications open Wednesday 1 November 2017. 
Application forms are located on the Shire of Katanning website or hard copy can be collected from the Shire Administration Office. The Shire's Community Development team is available to work with local businesses, committees, groups and individuals to ensure all members of the Katanning community have the opportunity to participate in the festival.
Experience something different, learn something new and taste something delicious at the 2018 Katanning Harmony Festival. This street festival showcases the positive aspect of Katanning's cultural diversity as the community comes together to offer a festival that promises colour, culture, connection and excitement. Wander through Clive Street and enjoy live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, kids zone, hands on activities, displays, market stalls and an international food village. 
Local Food Stall Holder Application forms are now available online
If you would like to find out more, please contact the Community Relations Officer, Sophie on 9821 9999 or email
Community Financial Assistance Program
Round 2 2017/2018 Applications Open
The Shire of Katanning Community Financial Assistance Programme (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 CFAP funding, applicants must complete an application form located on the Shire of Katanning website at or at the Shire of Katanning administration building.
Please read the guidelines located on the website prior to submitting an application. Round 2 2017/2018 applications open 1 December 2017 and close 31 January 2018.
Should you have further queries, please contact Sophie Justins or Zee Sultani on 9821 9999 or

Prohibited Burning Period

Residents are reminded that the Prohibited Burning Period for the Shire of Katanning commences on the 1 November and will be in place until the 14 February inclusive.
No burning of any kind can be conducted during this time.
Bushfire Warning Levels
During a bushfire, DFES under instructions from the Shire or the Parks and Wildlife issue community alerts and warnings for bushfires that  threaten lives and property. They are issued once firefighters have arrived at the scene and determine that there is a threat or potential threat to the community.
Understanding the Bushfire Warning System is extremely important in helping you and your family to stay alert and informed when a bushfire starts.
The Bushfire Warning System operates using four levels of warnings.

These levels change to reflect the increasing risk to your life or property and decreasing amount of time before the fire arrives.
 Know the warnings and stay alert when a bushfire starts.  Do not wait and see what happens, this could be deadly.
 For more information about Bushfire Warnings:
Or contact the local Community Emergency Services Manager - Cindy Pearce on 0417 071 567.
2017 - 2018 Rates
2017/18 Rates - 2nd Installment
Please keep in mind that the second installment for the 2017/18 Rates is due before 4pm on Monday 18 December 2017. 
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
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: 7.10pm
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.

Wednesday: 9.30am - 11.30am

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.

What is RPM? 

RPM is a group indoor cycling workout where you control the intensity. It’s fun, low impact and you can burn up to 675 calories a session*.
With great music pumping and the group spinning as one, your instructor takes you on a journey of hill climbs, sprints and flat riding. In an RPM workout you repeatedly spin the pedals to reach your cardio peak then ease back down, keeping pace with the pack to lift your personal performance and boost your cardio fitness.
RPM is a great way to build up your sense of personal achievement. You can draw on the group’s energy and find your rhythm in the music. You control your own resistance levels and speed so you can build up your fitness level over time. It’s a journey, not a race!


Shire of Katanning 
Address: 16-24 Austral Terrace, Katanning
Phone: 9821 9999

Christmas Opening Hours: 
Friday 22 December 2017, close at 12.00pm 
Monday 25 December 2017, closed
Tuesday 26 December 2017, closed 
Wednesday 27 December 2017, closed
Thursday 28 December 2017, closed
Friday 29 December 2017, closed
Monday 1 December 2018, closed
Tuesday 2 January 2018, open at 8.30am
For all urgent matters over the Christmas/New Year break please call 9821 9999 and your call will be directed to the appropriate person. We wish you a healthy, happy & safe Christmas and New Year.
Katanning Aquatic Centre
Address: Park Street
Phone: 9821 2269

Opening Hours:
11.00am - 6.00pm 7 days a week
6.00am - 8.00am Monday - Friday (Laps)

Entry Fees:
Adult $5.00
Children $4.00
Pension Card $4.50
Senior Citizen Swimmer $4.00
Spectator $2.00
Spectator Senior Citizen $1.00
Children (4 years and under) FREE
Family Entry (2 adults & up to 3 children) $15.50

For all other fees please refer to the Shire of Katanning Annual Budget 2017/2018 Schedule of Fees and Charges.
Library Update

Summer Reading Club is back again!
Register for the Summer Reading Club and challenge someone to a read off! How many books can you read this summer?! There are plenty of prizes and goodies up for grabs, come in and see us for more information or check out the Summer Reading Club website at .

Toy Library
Tuesdays & Saturdays
10:30am – 11:30am

Sign up for a full 12-month 2018 toy library membership and pay by the 31st of December and receive 10% off! For just $45 you can have access to the full range of toys all year round. No littlies of your own? A toy library membership makes a great Christmas gift!

New library cards are here!
Our beautiful new cards are here with our correct contact information. Come trade in your old cards for new and get re-acquainted with the library ready for some summer rest and relaxation.
Don’t forget to ask us how to get on board with e-books, e-audiobooks (great for farmers during harvest and seeding!) and e-magazines.

Life Long Readers Book Club
Meeting date: Friday 1 December
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Talking about: All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Jake Whyte is living on her own in an old farmhouse on a craggy British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. Her disobedient collie, Dog, and a flock of sheep are her sole companions, which is how she wanted it to be. But every few nights something—or someone—picks off one of the sheep and sets off a new deep pulse of terror. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumours of an obscure, formidable beast. But there is also Jake's past—hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, held in the silences about her family and the scars that stripe her back—a past that threatens to break into the present. 
With exceptional artistry and empathy, All the Birds, Singing reveals an isolated life in all its struggles and stubborn hopes, unexpected beauty, and hard-won redemption.

Maternity Leave – farewell Jess!
As of December we farewell Library Coordinator Jess as she begins her extended maternity leave and welcome the wonderfully talented Mazita to the team.

Library Christmas Hours
This year the Library will be closed from 12pm Friday 22 December through to 1 January, reopen for business as usual from 10am on Tuesday the 2 January.
We wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.
Public Art Gallery Update
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.
Council Meeting Highlights
November 2017
The following items were approved at the Council meeting:

1. Piesse Lake Residential Sub-Division Concept Plan
Council approved the concept plan produced by Hames Sharley for the Piesse Lake Residential Sub Division subject to final approval from WAPC of the Piesse Lake Structure Plan. 

2. Soil Conservation Service Charge

Council endorsed the Katanning Land Conservation District Committee's (LCDC) recommendation that a soil conservation service charge be raised for the purpose of assisting funding for Katanning LCDC District Landcare Officer and Resource Centre and Project Development for on ground works for salinity management (draft title). 

3. Christmas/New Year Opening Hours

Council approved a variation to normal opening hours during the 2017/2018 Christmas/New Year period. 
Friday 22 December 2017 - close at 12.00pm
Wednesday 27 December 2017 - closed
Thursday 28 December 2017 - closed
Friday 29 December 2017 - closed 

4. Strategic Community Plan
Council adopted the Strategic Community Plan - Katanning 2027.

All Council Agendas and minutes can be found at
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