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November 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

Citizen of the Year 2019 Nominations

Closing date has been extended to Friday 9 November 2019. Due to nominations not being received for each category.

Nomination forms are available from the Shire Office or submit your nomination online The awards are to be presented on Australia Day 26 January 2019.

Categories are:
Citizen of the Year
Citizen of the Year - Senior (25 years or older)
Citizen of the Year - Youth (under 25 years)
Active Citizenship (Group / Event)

Nominees should have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year, or have given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.

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.…/citizen-of-the-year-awa…/65

Postal nominations must be marked 'Confidential - Citizen of the Year Awards' and be addressed to:
Chief Executive Officer
Shire of Katanning
PO Box 130

Katanning WA 6317

Internationally Acclaimed Independent Film
The Decadent and The Depraved Set For Australian Theatrical Season

Multi-award-winning independent film The Decadent and Depraved is set to launch a public theatrical season in partnership with The Backlot Cinemas in Perth.
The debut production from 21 year old director and producer Jordon Prince-Wright has already taken the International Film Festival market by storm, winning Best Independent Feature Film at the Los Angeles Film Awards, plus multiple other awards at festivals around the world.
The success enjoyed by The Decadent and Depraved has led to a huge swell of social media support and public demand to see the film. This opportunity will now be afforded to fans as the film launches a limited 10-day season at The Backlot Perth from October 12, before a block of screenings in Melbourne, Sydney and regional WA, including Katanning where Katanning's very own talented actor Mitchell Page will be present amongst other lead actors from the film.
Perth – The Backlot Perth
October 12 - 21
Broome – Sun Pictures
October 27 & 28
Melbourne – Hoyts Highpoint
November 3 & 4
Sydney – Hoyts Entertainment Quarter
November 9 & 10
Katanning – Katanning Town Hall
November 17

Made on a shoe-string budget of less than $100,000, The Decadent and the Depraved was completed with no significant industry funding. The production is the result of a collaboration of local creatives who came together to bring Prince-Wright’s vision to cinematic reality. The result is a visually stunning film telling a gritty, old western tale of a game of cat and mouse set in colonial times in outback Western Australia.
Prince-Wright is excited to bring his film to Australian audiences. “It has been a long journey from pre- production to now. We set out to transform Western Australia’s gritty western-style past into a feature film. Watching the original western flicks as kids, our aim was to preserve the traditional filmmaking approach as much as possible,” he explained.
“Whilst The Decadent and Depraved pays homage to both the traditional Western film and the true history of our state in the 1880s, it also pushes the boundaries of both the genre and ‘historical accuracy’ to create something unique and riveting.”
Tickets for all screenings can be purchased online via the following link:
For more information on the release of The Decadent and Depraved please contact:
Jordon Prince-Wright Prince-Wright Productions
E: M: 0431 710 923
Ian Hale
The Backlot Perth
E: M: 0410 876 747

Welcome Precinct
The Welcome Precinct and All Ages Playground Request for Tender is underway. Tenders have been called to seek responses from contractors to undertake the works to construct the new All Ages Playground and Lions Park (Welcome Precinct). The tender is a public tender being conducted through Tenderlink and will close on 14  November 2018. Once Council confirms a contractor works will begin, firstly on the All Ages Playground and then, after Australia Day, on the Lions Park. Work has already commenced on a new toilet block including a Changing Places facility. The current All Ages Playground carpark will remain open so that access to the miniature railway can be maintained throughout construction. Once the Lions Park and expanded skatepark have been completed access to the miniature railway will be established from the skatepark carpark and the work on the AAPG carpark will commence. The programme of works is scheduled to take approximately 7 months.

In response to the Shire’s request for community groups to relocate the children’s play equipment from the All Ages Playground to Prosser Park I am pleased to confirm that the Katanning Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service has put their hand up and will be commencing this operation later in November.

Andrus Budrikis 

Rates 2018/19 Reminder
The 2018/19 Rates Second Instalment is due on 26 November 2018. The Third Instalment is due on 28 January 2019, and an Instalment Reminder Notice will be sent out during December 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Breanna Green on 08 9821 9999 or
Green Waste Verge Collection

The Shire of Katanning will offer a free Green Waste Verge Collection commencing Monday 5 November 2018.
Please make sure waste is on the verge before 6am Monday 5 November 2018.
To help prevent unsightly verges, you are encouraged to put your garden waste out the weekend of the 5 November 2018. Do not obstruct the footpath or your normal bin service and ensure waste does not obstruct line of sight of pedestrians or cars.

   Leaves, branches, flower and grass cuttings

   Tree and shrub clippings

    Bottles, plastic, tyres, batteries, glass, steel and syringes

    Food waste, fruit, vegetables and liquid waste

Residents are reminded that this is a Green Waste collection only. Contaminated garden waste will not be removed. Lawn clippings, cuttings and leaves must be in boxes or bags. To prevent damage, do not obstruct Telstra pits, water meters or power domes with green waste as mechanical equipment may be used upon collection. Trim tree branches and [running's to a max of 1.5m (5ft). Please place bundles in line with kerb.
If you have any questions, please contact the Shire of Katanning Administration Office on (08) 9821 9999 or visit our website
Prohibited Burning Period
1 November 2018 - 14 February 2019

Residents are reminded that the Prohibited Burning Period for the Shire of Katanning commences on 1 November 2018 and will be in place until 14 February 2019 inclusive. No burning of any kind can be conducted during this time.

Have you made a plan if a bushfire impacts you and your family?
1. WHEN will you know to leave?
2. WHERE will you go?
3. WHICH way will you go?
Don't leave it until you can see smoke.
For more information check out:
Or drop into the Shire Office for a 5 Minute Fire Chat information pack.
A copy of the Fire Management Requirement Notice is available on the Shire website or for further details contact the Acting Community Emergency Services Manager Kelly MacLeod on 0417 071 567 or your local Fire Control Officer.  
Ranger Information
Reminder on various issues
Dog and Cat Registration
All dogs and cats over the age of three months are required by law to be registered and microchipped. This makes it easier to return pets to their rightful owners and negates the need to impound them. This will not only same additional costs and charges to the owners but also means your pets are returned home. 
Wandering Dogs
Wandering dogs will be impounded and where the owner is identified, and it is a continuing offence a $200 infringement under the Dog Act may be issued. The law requires all dogs to be securely confined on private property. 
Dogs in Residential Areas
The Dog Act Amendment Bill of 2013 now allows the keeping of more than 2 dogs in residential areas, however permission from the Shire must be obtained, failure to do so may result in infringement notices being issued or in the case of continual failure to comply a prosecution may be commenced. 
Dogs in Public Place
All dogs in a public place that is not a designated dog exercise area must be on a leash at all times, this prevents dogs from causing traffic hazards, dog attacks and other nuisance issues, again there are penalties that apply for failing to complete. 
Attacks by Wandering Dogs
Every year, sheep, goats and other animals suffer injury after attacks by wandering domestic dogs. This causes both financial loss and emotional distress to livestock owners. Most attacks can be avoided if owners properly manage their dogs and stop them from wandering. Dog owners can be fined up to $10,000 if their dog attacks. Livestock owners are permitted to destroy or capture any dogs they observe attacking livestock on their land.
Litter Bins
The Shire has installed litter bins throughout the town centre and this is to keep the street scaping free from rubbish and enhance the attractive appearance of our town. There are penalties applicable under the Litter Act for littering and the Ranger will be active in ensuring compliance. 
House Numbers to be Displayed
Many residents still do not display house numbers. This makes it difficult to identify who lives at the property when dealing with enquiries and other matters. More importantly in an emergency situation where time is critical, emergency services such as police, fire and ambulance may make a big difference in outcomes. 
Disabled Parking Bays
The use of disabled parking bays by those who are not authorised to use them has increased notably. Cautions will no longer be issued, and unlawful use may result in a $300 parking infringement notice being issued. 

How to contact the Ranger
If anyone has seen or have been in any situations regarding 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 0409 891 645 or our after hours services on 9821 9999 and/or email at

These issues are important to us so please help us help you through any of these matters.

Mosquito Management

The Shire Ranger has commenced the mosquito control program. Fogging was complete to the below mosquito breeding sites in October and the Ranger will return to the same sites in November. 

·        Marion Street

·        Oxley Road

·        Claude Street

·        Drove Street/Old Saleyards

·        All Ages Playground

·        Blantyre/Bokarup Street

·        Caravan Park

·        Cornwall Street

·        Creek Street

·        Opposite Martin Cres

·        Police Pools

·        Synnott Avenue Tanks

·        Synnott Avenue

·        Piesse Dam and Piesse Street

·        Conroy Preschool

·        Great Southern Highway/McLeod Street

·        Kojonup/Katanning Road

·        Katanning Leisure Centre Dam

For further information please contact Cherrie on 9821 9999.

Harmony Festival 2019
Stall Holder Application Forms

Harmony Festival is celebrating its 10th Year on Saturday 16 March 2019.
Stall holder applications open Thursday 1 November 2018.
Applications close Friday 15 February 2019.
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.
Stall Holder Application forms are now available online
If you would like to find out more, please Shire of Katanning on 9821 9999 or email

Harmony Festival 2019

To celebrate the up and coming 10 year Birthday of the Katanning Harmony Festival, children attending the Katanning Agricultural Show helped decorate the cake in an effort to promote this important event. Keep your eye out for the cake at other sites in the lead up to the 2019 Harmony Festival. 

Street Sweeper
The Shire of Katanning Street Sweeper is operated before 7.00am on a regular schedule:
  • Town Square and Town Centre – Twice a week
  • Remaining Town Streets – Minimum once a month
Should you have any queries regarding the Street Sweeper, please contact the Engineering Department on 9821 9999 or email
Katanning Leisure Centre
Address: 4 Pemble Street
Phone: 9821 4399

Term 4 – Group Fitness Timetable is as follows:
6.15am                 HIIT Step (members only)
9.30am                 Body Attack
10.00am               CX Worx
6.00pm                 Les Mills Body Pump 
6.30pm                 Les Mills Body Balance 
9.00am                 Seniors Exercise Group
9.30am                 Les Mills Body Pump
10.00am               HIIT Step 
1.30pm                 Seniors Gym for Over 50's
5.45pm                 RPM 
6.15pm                 Les Mills Tone
5.30pm                 HIIT Step 
6.10pm                 Les Mills Body Pump
6.30pm                 Les Mills Body Balance 
9.30am                 Les Mills Tone 
1.30pm                 Seniors Gym
6.00pm                 Les Mills Body Attack 
6.30pm                 CX Worx 
6.15am                 RPM 
9.30am                 Born To Move (30 min)  2 – 4 year olds

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


Term 4 Story Time will resume on Tuesday 9 October (held every Tuesday 10.00am). All children are welcome. We have a great term of activities ready so come down to the library and read, sing and create with us!

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 all 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. Come on in, grab a cuppa and get lost in 

Toy Library
Mondays 2.30pm-4.00pm
Tuesdays & Saturdays 10.30am-11.30am

Life Long Readers Book Club

Meeting date: 2 November Friday
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Talking about: Aunt Julia and the Script Writer

Mario Vargas Llosa's brilliant, multilayered novel is set in the Lima of the author's youth, where a young student named Marito is toiling away in the news department of a local radio station. His young life is disrupted by two arrivals.
The first is his aunt Julia, recently divorced and thirteen years older, with whom he begins a secret affair. The second is a manic radio scriptwriter named Pedro Camacho, whose racy, vituperative soap operas are holding the city's listeners in thrall. Pedro chooses young Marito to be his confidant as he slowly goes insane.
Interweaving the story of Marito's life with the ever-more-fevered tales of Pedro Camacho, Vargas Llosa's novel is masterfully done, hilarious, mischievous, a classic named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review.

No time to read, listen to an Audio instead. They are perfect for long drives. Audios that have just arrived... 

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.

State Library - Inter-Library Loan Changes
From 1 August, 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.
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

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

Upcoming Exhibitions

Machines and Makers 26 October 2018 - 15 November 2018
The Last Ride 16 November 2018 - 16 November 2018
Machines and Makers (reprise) 17 November 2018 - 24 November 2018
The Coorolup Collection 30 November 2018 - 21 January 2019
Shire of Katanning - Customer Service Charter

The Shire of Katanning is committed to responsibly managing the Shire on behalf of the community. We make every effort to maintain the highest standards of service to ensure we meet the needs of our customers in a professional and ethical manner with courteous and efficient service.

When you contact us you can expect to be treated honestly and fairly. We welcome feedback on our customer service performance and invite you to provide input through submission on the attached feedback form, completing surveys and through formal correspondence.

We are committed to: 

  • Responding to your enquiries promptly
  • Dealing with complaints fairly and professionally
  • Keeping you informed in a timely manner
  • Being an open and accessible Shire
  • Providing fair and unbiased treatment
  • Ensuring information, resources and services are accessible
You can help us meet our commitments by: 
  • Treating our staff with courtesy and respect
  • Being open and honest in your dealings with us
  • Letting us know when things change such as your address or contact details
  • Respecting the rights of other customers
  • Providing feedback about our services
  • Making an appointment if you wish to speak with a specific officer
  • Referring enquiries through the correct channels 
Making a complaint is an expression of dissatisfaction, about the standard of service, action or decision by the Council or its staff, affecting an individual or group. You can lodge a complaint via our website, in writing, by telephone or in person at the Administration Office. 

How will your complaint be investigated? 
  1. When we receive your complaint, it will be recorded, and you will receive acknowledgement for us that your complaint has been received. 
  2. When we receive your complaint we will direct your concern to the most appropriate person within the Shire of Katanning who will be responsible for keeping you up to date on the progress of your complaint. Throughout the process, we may need to contact you to discuss your concerns or to seek more information. 
  3. Providing us with current contact details (such as a telephone number or email address) will ensure we can respond in a timely manner. 
  4. After investigation, we will respond outlining the outcome. 
  5. We will endeavour to resolve your complaint within ten working days, if we require further information or time, we will keep you informed of our progress. 

We are committed to communicating with you in a timely and responsive manner in order to address your issues, enquiries and concerns. 

When you make an enquiry at the front counter, we aim to resolve it as soon as possible. If your query requires technical advice or attention we will refer you to the appropriate staff member. If the staff member is not available, contact will be made with you within two working days. 

We will answer calls promptly and resolve your enquiry immediately if possible, however if your query requires technical advise or attention we will refer you to the relevant staff member. If no-one is available we will respond to your call within two working days. 

If required, your request will be acknowledged as soon as practicable. We endeavour to provide a detailed response within ten working days. 

We will provide up to date information including forms, application forms, information sheets and meeting Agendas and Minutes on our website. After hours emergency numbers are available here
Please note comments on facebook, Instagram or twitter are not monitored and will not be responded to. 

Councillors are elected members of the community, their role is to represent the community, provide leadership and guidance, facilitate communication between community and Council staff, make decisions on matters before Council, determine Council Policy, govern finances and provide forward planning and elevation of progress. Councillors are keen to hear the views of local residents on issues which are of concern. You can contact your local Councillor by email or telephone

Council Meeting Highlights
October 2018
The following items were approved at the Council meeting:
1. Shire of Katanning 2018/19 Christmas & New Year opening hours.
2. Piesse Park Concept Plan (Revision B October 2018) prepared by Emerge Associates.
3. The Land Transaction Business Plan for the Piesse Lake Residential Development prepared by FAR lane, October 2018, for advertising as per Section 3.59 of the Local Government Act 1995.
4. Supports Anglicare WA's proposal to install the purple bench in support of the Women's Council Purple Bench Project and delegates authority to the CEO to approve the final location. 

All Council Agendas and minutes can be found at
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