TELLING TALES IN BALINGUP – Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July

The magical town of Balingup, in WA’s south west will come alive on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July, 2018 for this year’s ‘Telling Tales in Balingup’. A fabulous story telling event perfectly suited to primary school aged children 4yrs – 14yrs.

Telling Tales in Balingup 2018-Flyer

Telling Tales in Balingup – DRAFT 2018 Program

Smack bang in the middle of the July school holidays, this weekend of story telling, creative writing workshops, illustration workshop, book binding and kite making sessions offers families a wonderful weekend of interactive fun.

Last year’s Parade of much loved ‘book characters’ included the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, Peter Pan and Captain Hook – and it was a real hit with the children. The Parade is being expanded this year and will take place on Saturday 12.30pm – 1.30pm. Balingup townsfolk need little encouragement to dress up, so big kids and small can join in the fun!

A host of published WA authors and illustrators including Norman Jorgensen, Deb Fitzpatrick, Gabriel Evans, Eileen Forrestal, Josh Langley, Cristy Burne and a host of others will present interactive workshops throughout the weekend. A number of indigenous artists and story tellers will join the talented line-up this year with Beccy Garlett sure to capture the imagination and interest of big kids and small! A multiple of sessions are on offer at any given time so you can select a session which best suits you and your children.

Children will also be able to learn the art of traditional book binding, and take home their very own mini-book.

Balingup is renowned for its fabulous events and is sure to host a weekend worth attending. For more information check out the details on their website or facebook page

Toddler Drowning Prevention Info Session – 21st June

Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of  preventable death in children aged 0-4 years old?

Attend a free Keep Watch toddler drowning prevention  presentation to find out why children are at risk, what you can do to keep kids safe around water and how to respond in an emergency.

Thursday 21 June 2018
Donnybrook Recreation Centre

The presentation covers:

  • Drowning statistics
  • Where and why toddlers drown
  • Strategies to keep your children safe around water
  • Demonstration of infant CPR 

For more information or to register please contact the centre  on 9731 1822 or

RLSSWA Water Safety Presentation – Donnybrook


Sport & Recreation Club Development Workshop

The Shire of Donnybrook Balingup has teamed up with the staff from the South West office of Sport and Recreation, a division of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (formerly Dept. Sport and Recreation) to present this workshop.

We have invited  the South West office of Sport and Recreation to visit Donnybrook to meet with representatives from our local clubs and associations to discuss ‘all things sport and recreation’ including funding options, current and future projects as well as any other relevant topics which the Department might be able to assist with.

Date:              Thursday 28th June 2018
Time:             11am – 12pm
Where:          Council Chamber (Old Church) Shire of Donnybrook Balingup Administration Centre
                         Collins Street, Donnybrook

The session will include a Q & A, and all sport and recreation clubs and associations are welcome to attend

Please RSVP’s to or phone myself of Bronwyn on 9780 4200 by Wednesday 27th June 2018 to confirm your attendance.

AND . . . if you or your club have any specific issues/questions you would like addressed in this session please do let us know in advance so that we can ensure we have appropriate resources available to assist.

Traffic Management for Major Local Events Workshop

As the events held within the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup grow and attendance increases, they impact on the volume of vehicle and foot traffic that enters and passes through our towns.  To ensure the safety of all those who attend our unique and fantastic local events, traffic management has become an integral part of the planning process.

To assist with changing requirements of traffic management the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup invites all major event committee members and interested parties to attend a Traffic Management Workshop.  The workshop will be presented by Mr Alan Roberts, Network Operations Manager for Main Roads WA.

The Shire is hosting this workshop to help committees understand the regulatory requirements as well as provide an understanding of how the process works and how traffic management can be successfully implemented into your event planning.

When:                 Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Time:                   5.30pm (no longer than 1 hr) Presentation and question time
Where:                Donnybrook Recreation Centre, Steere St Donnybrook.

RSVP:                  By COB Monday 2nd July 2018

Please contact Bronwyn Hodgson on 9780 4234 or email for any queries and to RSVP.

Donnybrook Apple Festival Open Meeting – 9th June

The Donnybrook Apple Festival Committee would like to invite community members from the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup to attend a meeting and provide feedback and suggestions to help with future plans and preparations of the Apple Festival.

When:       Saturday 9th June, 2018
Time:         2pm
Where:      Donnybrook CWA Hall, Bentley Street, Donnybrook

For more information see the attached flyer: OPEN MEETING INVITE JUNE 2018