Free – Outdoor Movie – Fri 2nd March 2018

What better way to kick start the March long weekend than spending it outdoors, under a canopy of stars, watching a new family classic on the big screen?

Grab your family or a group of friends and join us for the last of the 2018 Shire of Donnybrook Balingup free outdoor films!

Film : A Dogs Purpose (rated PG) A Dogs Purpose – March 2018 poster
Date : Friday 2nd March, 2018

Time : BBQ and coffee van serving from 6pm onwards
             Film screen at 7pm
Venue : Donnybrook Amphitheatre

Bring a picnic or have a night off cooking and enjoy a BBQ before the film. The 1st Donnybrook Scout group families will be cooking up a storm and you’re welcome to purchase a sausage sizzles, soft drink, popcorn, pikelets and chocolate bars. Coffee van also available.

A Dog’s Purpose
A devoted dog (Josh Gad) discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar). As the boy grows older and comes to a crossroad, the dog once again comes back into his life
to remind him of his true self.

For more information contact Community Development on 9780 4200 or email

Invitation to attend Associations Workshops – Donnybrook

The Shire of Donnybrook Balingup in association with Consumer Protection, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and numerous neighbouring local governments will deliver a series of free workshops throughout the South West to explain the new requirements of the Associations Incorporation Act. The new Act applies to more than 18,000 not-for-profit groups across the State including associations and clubs. 

The workshops will run from late February to May in various locations. The Western Australian Associations Incorporation Act 2015 became law on 1 July 2016 and time is marching by for clubs and associations to make any required updates by 1 July 2019.

There are two free sessions in Donnybrook:
      • Donnybrook Recreation Centre – Tuesday 6 March, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
      • Donnybrook Recreation Centre – Tuesday 6 March, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

The Act provides a framework of regulation for not-for-profit organisations, such as sport and recreation clubs, societies and community groups, while leaving the internal management of associations largely to the members.

The new law was drafted to reflect that many clubs and associations have grown and become more corporate in their activities, structure and dealings with many bigger organisations employing paid staff and generating significant revenue.

The sessions will highlight key changes under the new law, explain the transitional requirements and provide tools to assist associations to make any required changes.

Associations must review and update their rules in addition to introducing a number of changes regarding financial reporting, governance, privacy and membership of an incorporated association.

Session dates and venues:

• Shire of Harvey Recovery Centre – Tuesday 27 February, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
• Leschenault Leisure Centre – Tuesday 27 February, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
• Hay Park Multi Sports Pavilion – Wednesday 28 February, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
• Hay Park Multi Sports Pavilion – Wednesday 28 February, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
• Donnybrook Recreation Centre – Tuesday 6 March, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
• Donnybrook Recreation Centre – Tuesday 6 March, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
• Eaton Recreation Centre – Thursday 15 March, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
• Eaton Recreation Centre – Thursday 15 March, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
• Roche Park Recreation Centre Collie – Tuesday 20 March, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
• Roche Park Recreation Centre Collie – Tuesday 20 March, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
• City of Busselton Administration Building – Monday 9 April, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
• Dunsborough and Districts Country Club – Monday 30 April, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
• Margaret River Council Chambers – Thursday 24 May, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
• Margaret River Council Chambers – Thursday 24 May, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Workshop registrations can be made at by clicking the links for the relevant sessions.

For more information contact the Community Development team on 9780 4200 or email or download the flyer – Associations Information Workshop South West – Flyer  

Old’n Awesome – Join Now!

An awesome 8 week, two hour per week, group fitness program especially designed for males & females 55+ who want to ease gently into a fitness program that will set them on a path to being old’n awesome.

For more information – Old and Awesome – Term 1 2018 Brochure – V2

Tuesday 9.30am – 11.30am
Commences Tuesday 13th February, 2018

The program is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of an age and fitness level appropriate exercise program. You’ll be introduced to the diverse range of fitness activities, with a focus on the social and mental health benefits of regular exercise.

Each 2 hour session consists of two parts – a 1 hour fitness session, then a 1 hour information workshop and morning tea. During the workshop a qualified fitness instructor will introduce you to a range of related wellness topics including nutrition, mental health, medications and the benefits of community volunteering.

WEEK 1 Part 1 – We start gently with chair exercises and will introduce pelvic floor work and the benefits of stretching.

Part 2 – Morning Tea and Workshop

WEEK 2 Part 1 – Be introduced to standing strength exercises including stretching and spinal mobility.

Part 2 – Morning Tea and Workshop

WEEK 3 Part 1 – We’ll introduce you to a range of low impact exercises and explore the benefits of maintaining core strength.

Part 2 – Morning Tea and Workshop

WEEK 4 Part 1 – This week we’ll expand the range of low impact exercise options and introduce you to basic upper body strength exercises.


WEEK 5 Part 1 – This week we’ll have some fun with partner stretching, core strength, low impact and pelvic floor exercises.

Part 2 – Morning Tea and Workshop

WEEK 6 Part 1 – We focus on balance and standing pelvic floor work and begin to combine exercise techniques introduced in earlier weeks.

Part 2 – Morning Tea and Workshop

WEEK 7 This week we introduce exercises which focus on improving our ability to shift our balance and introduce resistance exercises.

Part 2 – Morning Tea and Workshop

WEEK 8 – review A class combining the best of low impact, balance, pelvic floor, core stability, standing strength, upper body weights, band resistance, stretching and circulation.

Part 2 – Morning Tea and Workshop


For more information contact the Community Development Team – 9780 4200 or email


A gentle Lion strolled into Balingup townsite!

Balingup was the place to be on Saturday 10th February with the third film in the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup’s summer series of outdoor films.

Over 150 locals and visitors to the region took advantage of one of the simple joys of summertime, and sat outdoors under the stars to watch the film, Lion.

The picnic fare varied between gourmet takings and the humble toasted sandwich. Balingup locals always come prepared and this was no exception as they arrived with picnic blankets, recliner chairs, large cushions, the odd bean bag and even a two seater settee which all adorned the Village Green. Warm jackets, woolly socks and handkerchiefs were at the ready, as the evening temperature dropped.

The night sky put on a show with more than your average number of shooting stars lighting up the night sky just above the screen.

Lion has appeal for all ages. There’s something unbearably potent about the image of a tiny, fragile child alone in a vast empty space. The audience fills the frame with dangers of our own making, crowding in on the little lost figure at the centre of the shot.

From the moment director Garth Davis places his camera high above a desolate railway station in remote India to capture five-year-old Saroo (the remarkable Sunny Pawar), vulnerable and separated from his older brother, the audience is emotionally snared by this story.

Davis’ adaptation of the true story of Saroo Brierley – lost as a 5 year old child in India and adopted by an Australian couple, he retraced his Indian family 25 years later using Google Earth.  Nicole Kidman delivers some of the finest work of her career in the role of Sue, mother to Saroo and his adoptive brother.

Judging by the turn out and the number of teary eyes at the end of the film, Lion was very well received.

With financial assistance from Lotterywest again this year, the Shire has been able to host four outdoor films!

If you missed this film, you can catch A Dog’s Purpose this weekend – Friday 2nd March at Donnybrook Amphitheatre.
A Dogs Purpose – March 2018 poster

If you’d like any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact the Community Development team at the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup on 9780 4200 or email

3 on 3 Basketball at Donnybrook Recreation Centre

Donnybrook Recreation Centre’s 3 on 3 Basketball competition is underway for the 2018 season. Join us from 6pm onwards.

3on3 Basketball Jan 2018

3on3 Basketball Competition Rules

The Donnybrook Recreation Centre completion is open to basketball players from across the community, including associations, schools, businesses and even from local “street” courts. It’s an open age, mixed competition. You’re welcome to enter a team of 3 or more players, or just register yourself and the Centre will assist in forming new teams.

With over 250 million players worldwide, 3 on 3 basketball has grown to be extremely popular and the sport just keeps getting bigger and better.

“I love the 3 on 3 game. It really tests players both offensively and defensively,” explained Bill Brown, Vice President of Donnybrook Amateur Basketball Association.

“One of the biggest strengths of 3 on 3 basketball is its simplicity both in terms of rules and required facilities. It’s a high energy game and the emphasis of this competition will be on RESPECT and the SOCIAL enjoyment of community,” reiterated Mr Brown.

Donnybrook Recreation Centre staff are calling all basketball enthusiasts to jump on board and sign up for this evening Thursday competition.

If you’re interested in registering or want to find out more about more about the competition contact Donnybrook Recreation Centre on 9731 1822 or email