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July 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
South Side Symphony coming to Katanning!
Join South Side Symphony Orchestra (SSSO) for a winter concert at the Heritage listed Katanning Town Hall under the baton of Laurissa Wyllie-McCarthy, SSSO's newly appointed Music Director.
Date: Saturday 28 July
Time: 7.00pm
Where: Katanning Town Hall, Austral Tce

The program features:

Cash bar will be available from 6.00pm. The show starts at 7.00pm.
Light supper will be provided at interval- all proceeds go to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Tickets can be purchased at the Shire of Katanning Administration.
Adults/Children: $35
Seniors: $30

For more information call Amy on 9821 9999 or email

The SSSO will then be "conducting" a FREE workshop and performance to share a musical experience with children, teens and all aspiring music lovers.
Date: Sunday 29 July
Time: 10.30am
Where: Katanning Town Hall, Austral Tce

Registrations essential to Irene on 0437 593 571 or
If your smoke alarm isn’t working properly, it won’t warn you and your family of a fire in your home!
Is it time to change your battery?

Whether you need to change your smoke alarm battery will depend on your type of smoke alarm.

If you do need to change the battery, DFES recommends you do this on the 1st April.

Smoke alarms powered by:
  • 9V AKALINE BATTERY require you to replace batteries every year.
  • 10-year NON-REMOVABLE LITHIUM BATTERY do not require you to change the battery each year.
  • MAINS-POWERED SMOKE ALARMS have a battery back-up for periods of mains power outage.
Many models have a rechargeable (non-removable) battery and do not need replacing. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions to see if you need to change the battery.
After replacing the battery:
Always test that your smoke alarm is operating by holding down the test button until you hear a loud alert tone.
Things you should know…
  • Not all smoke alarms need their batteries replaced.
  • Smoke alarms will make a ‘beep’ or ‘chirping’ sound when they have a low battery or are faulty.
  • Mains powered smoke alarms are required to have a Green “Power ON” LED indicator. This will light up when the alarm is connected to mains power.
  • Test your smoke alarm every month by holding down the test button until you hear a loud tone.
  • All smoke alarms require replacement every 10 years. If you do not know how old your smoke alarm is, it’s time to replace it.
For more information:
  • Visit the DFES website at
  • Contact DFES Community Engagement on 9395 9816
  • Read a number of Smoke Alarm-related Factsheets here.

Reminder: Shire Pop Up Shop
In response to the community's need for further information about the Shire projects and activities, the Shire of Katanning has extended their 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 (weekly), 9.00am - 12.00pm
Friday (weekly), 9.00am - 12.00pm

The Shire will continue the service until the Harmony Festival in March 2019.

For further information contact the Shire of Katanning on 9821 9999.

How to prepare for the storm season
Do you have an Emergency Kit?
How long would your family be able to be sustainable if the power was cut (12 HOURS +)?
Do you have a plan?   
Preparing your family and home for a storm is your responsibility. If you live in a storm prone area, you should make it a priority asap to get your home ready inside and out. There are a few simple steps that could help you minimise damage:
  • Check your roof and gutters for damage or loose material
  • Clear gutters and downpipes of leaves and blockages
  • Trim branches near your home and hire a contractor to clear trees from powerlines
  • Clear rubbish from your yard, balcony or patio and put away any loose objects
  • Prepare an emergency kit with portable radio, torch, spare batteries, first aid kit and family emergency plan
  • Ensure your family understand storms and the risks
  • Prepare an emergency plan including a relocation plan in case your home becomes flooded. Consider what you will do with your pets and know how to turn off the gas
For further information 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
Join us on Thursdays to test your crocheting skill or game board play. We have a smorgasbord of wool or games to choose from. Play in a group or as a dual. You can even challenge yourself to some crocheting while you are here, we have patrons who are more than happy to share their crocheting skills. Or maybe try multi-tasking, crocheting and game board play in the same time- it’s your Thursday afternoon, you decide. If you have a game board you would like to challenge others to, please feel to bring that along too.
For great community atmosphere and fun, see you at the library on 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. Come on in, grab and cuppa and get lost in!

Life Long Readers Book Club
Meeting date: Friday 6 July
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Talking about: Go Set a Watchman

From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch--"Scout"--returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a MockingbirdGo Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past--a journey that can be guided only by one's conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision--a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to an American classic.

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.

Brand new titles in the Library

Interlibrary requests
Katanning Public Library has started requesting books from other libraries through Spydus. So if you have an interlibrary loan request to place, and you have been holding on to it since our transition, we will be more than happy to request it for you now that we are more familiar with Spydus.
Spydus also offers patrons a more interactive platform online at Log in with your membership number as the borrower id, and 6317 as the password.
While logged into the website, patrons are able to make changes to their contact details, search through our catalogue, place reservations, place interlibrary loan request, suggest a purchase and much more!

Katanning Toy Library (KTL) is welcoming new members now! KTL is a not-for profit, fully volunteer run community group which loans out toys, games and puzzles to members like a book library. Our toys are suitable for children from 6 months to 6+ years of age.  We have approximately 450 toys available for loan including puzzles and boardgames, baby toys, imaginative play centres (kitchens, tool workshops, shops), push-along and ride on toys and bikes, and construction sets like duplo. We are currently open 10.30-11.30am Tuesday and Saturday in the Katanning Library. 
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



06/07/2018 to


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
June 2018
The following items were approved at the Council meeting:
1. That Council, in accordance with the Shire of Katanning Local Laws 1997 (Part VI – Parking), declares:
  • 6 parking bays as 15-minute parking zones (Monday to Saturday 8.00am to 6.00pm) at the entrance to the Piesse Store Buildings at 38 Austral Terrace, Katanning; and
  • 4 parking bays as 15-minute parking zones (Monday to Saturday 8.00am to 6.00pm) adjacent to the Old Mill Buildings 122-124 Clive Street Katanning
2. The Aberdeen Street RV Overnight Park and Dump Point concept plan and budget of $180k from the Katanning Supertown Heritage Centre Project to allow works to commence on the park.

3. Endorses the 2018-2019 Shire of Katanning Fire Management Requirement Brochure as presented.

All Council Agendas and minutes can be found at
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