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August 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 available at the Shire Administration, Library, Visitors Centre, Katanning Leisure Centre and Pop Up Shop. If you have any suggestions or feedback please send them to

Lifestyle Village Vacancies

An exciting opportunity exists to purchase the License to Occupy Agreement for Unit 4 and Unit 11 Amherst Village, Katanning.

Amherst Village is a Seniors accommodation village with 13 two bedroom units occupied by residents over 55 years of age. The village is centrally located in the Katanning town site close to shops and recreational facilities.

Expressions of interest forms and further information can be obtained from Cherrie at 9821 9999 or


Do you know someone who makes your community a better place?
The Australia Day Council WA Community Citizen of the Year awards is your opportunity to acknowledge those making an outstanding contribution to your local community.
This includes areas such as; education, health, fund-raising, charitable and voluntary services, business, sport, arts, the environment, social inclusion or any other area that contributes to the advancement and wellbeing of a community.

Nominations are now open for the following Citizen of the Year Award categories:
-Citizen of the Year
-Citizen of the Year (Senior)
-Citizen of the Year (Youth)
-Active Citizenship (Group/Event)

The Shire of Katanning is proud to also award a Community Long Service Award. This is an award that recognises a local citizen who has provided volunteer service(s) to the Katanning community over a long period of time.

All award winners will be announced at the Australia Day Breakfast on 26 January 2019.

To nominate a local citizen you think deserves recognition, please visit the Shire website. Alternatively, forms are available at the Shire office on request.

The Citizen of the Year nominations can be made online

For more information contact Amy Knight 9821 9999 or email Nominations close 31 October 2018.
Chimney and Flue Fires
You may be thinking about organising your flu shot, but are your chimneys and flues ready for winter?
Each winter, fire fighters attend many house fires due to ash, soot and combustion residue that has built up inside chimney flues. This residue can ignite causing a fire. In most cases you will see flames shooting out of the top of the chimney!

To make sure your chimneys are ready, we recommend you:
- Check the heater, fire place brickwork, chimney and flue before lighting your first fire of the year to make sure it is clean.
- Look at purchasing some additives you can put in your fire while its burning that can help reduce residue build up (check out your local hardware store).
- If your fireplace chimney is brick, check that the surrounding brickwork has not cracked. This can reduce the chance of a fire creeping through the course in back wall.
- Ensure that your wood heaters are installed and maintained by a qualified operator.

House fires can cause extensive property loss and damage. Most of these are accidental and preventable – so take action now to minimise your risk. For more information on Chimneys and Flues visit and you can also download the Home Heating Safety factsheet. Or contact the Community Emergency Services Manager – Cindy Pearce on 0417 071 567 
Katanning Leisure Centre
Address: 4 Pemble Street
Phone: 9821 4399

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

Crocheting or Board gaming- choose your battle

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Life Long Readers Book Club
Meeting date: Friday 3 August
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Talking about: The Accomplice

This is the story of one of the most shocking events of the seventeenth century: the wreck of a Dutch ship, the Batavia, off the west coast of Australia, and the extraordinary events that befell its stranded survivors. It is also the story of Judith Bastiaansz, sailing with her family to a new life, who is caught up in something well beyond her experience: first infatuation and then, perhaps, something far more dangerous. Combining a gripping narrative with vivid historical detail, this is a beautiful, terrifying, deeply moving novel of love and anarchy.

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.
Kanopy new releases

Julieta: A chance meeting brings together a middle-aged woman and her long-lost daughter in the moving Spanish film Julieta. Hoping to offer some explanation for their separation, she recounts her turbulent past and the painful moments that have shaped her life. The film has been praised for the emotional intensity of its performances and earned widespread acclaim in film festivals around the world.

Brand new book titles in the Library

State Library - Inter-Library Loan Changes
From 1 August 2018, as a result of a joint review between the State Library of Western Australia and representatives from the Public Libraries WA Group (PLWA), what can be requested via the Public Libraries Inter Library Loans will change.

Due to these current restrictions, the following items cannot be requested on inter-library loan:
  • No items less than twelve months old both fiction and non-fiction
  • No junior fiction or YA items – some exceptions for YA graphic novels over 12 months old
  • No Audio books or DVDs
There are exceptions for people with special needs including disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Community Jigsaw
Thank you to all our visitors who participated and helped finish our first puzzle:
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
Sunday: CLOSED

Come and see the newly painted walls and lighting system in the Gallery!

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

Upcoming Exhibitions

Single Artist Exhibition

Sunjung Bloomer

25/07/2018 to


The Wedding Dress

Shire - KACI - Community

20/08/2018 to


Blooming Arts- Bloom Festival

Shire - Helen Bignell - Garden Club

20/09/2018 to


Double Artist Exhibition

David Papenfus & Margaret Innes

01/10/2018 to


Machines and Makers

Shire - Arts on the Move

26/10/2018 to


The Last Ride performance


16/11/2018 to


Machines and Makers (reprise)

Shire - Arts on the Move

17/11/2018 to


Council Meeting Highlights
July 2018
The following items were approved at the Council meeting:
1. That Council seeks approval from the WA Electoral Commissioner to allow the vacancy caused by the resignation of Councillor Mydie to remain unfilled until the October 2019 Ordinary Local Government Elections.

2. Approved the Baptist Churches Western Australia for a rate exemption.

3. Accepted the donation of cinema equipment from the Friends of Little Gem Cinema.

All Council Agendas and minutes can be found at
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