2017 Balingup Art & Craft Affair

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Saturday 13th May 2017

With over 30 artists exhibiting and demonstrating their art and craft, there is something of interest for everyone! Spend the day wandering through the quaint town of Balingup, talk the artists and enjoy the entertainment.

10am – 4pm

Free Entry

Check the Balingup Art & Craft Affair flyer – 2017 for more details .

Business Networking Sundowner – Donnybrook – 17 May, 2017

Join the Donnybrook-Balingup Chamber of Commerce, Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup and the Board and staff from Business South West, for this FREE networking event, and learn what is happening in your region.

Date and Time
Wednesday 17 May 2017  5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Donnybrook Football Club, Marmion Street, Donnybrook, 6239

Networking is a great way to meet other people, groups and institutions to develop mutually beneficial relationships, and provides the opportunities for new business collaborations.

You will hear from Scott Power, Business Development Manager, from the Bendigo Bank, as well as from your local Chamber, Local Shire and Business South West. Come along and learn about the services they offer and how they can be of service to you.

Business Newtworking Donnybrook Sundowner -May 2017

For more information contact – admin@bsw.asn.au

For additional information and to register for this session go to –  www.businesssouthwest.com.au

Fire Protection Expo – Saturday 6 May, 2017

Fire Protection Expo will highlight how residents in bushfire areas
can make themselves and their properties safer.

12noon – 4pm

Saturday 6 May 2017 at the Balingup Fire Station

This free event is open to all residents in the South West and Perth Hills and is particularly suitable for those who live in or visit bushfire-prone areas. The Expo is being held by the Balingup Volunteer Bushfire Brigade.

“The aim is to make the Expo interesting and fun; as well as worthwhile”, said Peta Townsing, the Expo coordinator.

“We have focus sessions, hands-on activities such as trying out a fire extinguisher and displays and sales of useful products to help reduce fire risk”, said Peta. “The Expo will be entertaining with great prizes to win, including a $500 prize to have a professional arborist for half a day to fell or prune risky trees”.

“A key objective is to enable residents to be better able to withstand a bushfire and its ember showers. Taking steps months even years beforehand to reduce their risk of bushfire attack means that they and their properties are much safer, as are firefighters”, Peta explained.

The Expo starts with the formal opening at noon by the Hon. Mick Murray, MLA, local member for Collie Preston.

The speakers scheduled for the focus sessions will include:

– Max Margetts – “Landscaping for bushfire”
– Roger Underwood, – “Good fire, bad fire”
– David Ward – “The history of fire in WA as determined by research on Xanthorrea”
– Ed Hatherley (DPaW) – “The challenges of Prescribed burning”

Activities will include:

– Using a fire hose. Testing hoses by Workpower, Fire and Electrical Services,
– Demonstration of and using fire extinguishers, including demonstration from Talison Lithium,
– Barbecue tests to see which plants will burn fiercely,
– Winter Burning excursion to a nearby property,
– Assessing fuel weight on ground by litter depth; even 10 mm of eucalypt litter can be hazardous near houses.

Displays/Stands/Sales will cover a range of interests including:

– Small Tree Farm (deciduous trees, and order forms),
– Shrubs and perennials for sale that are at low fire risk, eg succulents,
– Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife, Western Power,
– When to ring 000, how to set up Alerts and Warnings on a smart phone,
– Fire extinguishers and fire blankets for sale.

-Prizes include:

– Raffle to win a prize worth $500 being a half day of work from a qualified arborist,
– Prizes of deciduous trees, smaller shrubs that are low fire risk,
– Prizes of simple tools to combat embers that can cause house ignitions. Metal rakes, spade, metal buckets, mops,
– Two prizes of assessments of local property, under the auspices of the Brigade, to advise on what could be improved with respect to making it at less risk from bushfire, eg cover vents with metal flywire.

Apart from the raffle for the tree work, prizes will be given away in answers to simple questions. All the prizes will have relevance to reducing bushfire risk or putting out a fire if it comes.

All welcome to come along!

People can register on Eventbrite, at Fire Protection Expo. Facebook Page, Fire Protection Expo – Balingup

Contact details are 0497 555 120 Email info@firewisewa.com Twitter: @Peta_FirewiseWA


Small Farm Field Day a great success!

Congratulations to the 2017 Balingup Small Farm Field Day committee on the success of this years event!

As promised,  it was a great day out for the whole family with an opportunity to learn all about living the country life.

The Field Day provided a wealth of information on many topics related to sustainable small scale farming, together with a huge range of cottage industry products.

Refer to Balingup Small Farm Field Day for further details.

Poster – 2017 Field Day Poster

Brochure – Balingup Small Farm Field Day Brochure-2017


ANZAC Day Ceremonies

ANZAC DAY COMMUNITY EVENTS Tuesday 25th April 2017


The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup invites members of the community to come together to commemorate ANZAC Day. 


6.00am Dawn Service – Apex Park War Memorial

6.30am Gun Fire Breakfast – Donnybrook Memorial Hall

9.00am ANZAC March – Form up at Ayres Gardens and march to the War Memorial
Apex Park, South West Hwy, Donnybrook

10.00am Memorial Service – War Memorial, Apex Park, South West Hwy, Donnybrook


09.30am Birdwood Avenue of Honor.  Share Billie tea and short stories about soldiers during the First and Second World Wars.

10.30am ANZAC March – marchers to gather at the Birdwood Avenue Bridge

10.45am March to War Memorial

11.00am ANZAC Service, and laying of wreaths at the War Memorial

12.00pm End of Service – Sausage Sizzle. Balingup Primary P&C
The Military Exhibition, at The Packing Shed, will be open and we hope you will take time   to visit this historic military display         


09.30am Memorial Service – War Memorial, South West Hwy, Kirup


11.00am Memorial Service – War Memorial, South West Hwy, Mullalyup  

Morning tea after service at Mullalyup Fire Shed


 For more information ANZAC Day Services – Community Notice