Collie to Donnybrook and Return Cycle Race

Collie to Donnybrook and Return Cycling race on Saturday 19th August 2017.  The racers will leave Collie and arrive in Donnybrook to ‘turn around’.  The riders will turn on South West Highway (near Donnybooks).  There will some some car parking bays on South West Highway closed near the turning point.  Watch out for cyclists on the roads.

NBN Information Session – Yabberup and Donnybrook

Businesses, community groups and not-for-profit organisations in the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup now have another chance to access a helping hand to guide them through the process of connecting to faster internet as the National Broadband Network rolls out across the region.

Mike Hendry has been appointed as the South West’s NBN advisor, a position created for the purpose of providing impartial advice regarding the move to the NBN.

There are two sessions being held in the Donnybrook-Balingup Region on Tuesday 29th August, 2017.

NBN Session Flyer Yabberup & Donnybrook 29th Aug

Session 1
Yabberup Hall
2pm – 3pm

Session 2
Donnybrook Recreation Centre, Function Room
5.00pm – 6.00pm

The sessions will run for approximately 1  hour each with the opportunity to make a one-on-one appointment with Mike Hendry in between the two workshop sessions.

The NBN advisor position is a partnership between the South West Development Commission, Regional Development Australia – South West, NBN, Business South West and the South West Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

For more information or to arrange an appointment, contact Mike Hendry on 0473 976 389 or .

To RSVP to one of the sessions on Tuesday 29th August, 2017 please contact the Shire’s Community Development Team on 9780 4220 or email

Bouncing, Rolling, Jumping, Laughing!

Amena Baghdadi with 21mths old daughter Ayla

Donnybrook Recreation Centre’s Kindy Gym program has started with a bang this term. With record enrolments this term, Kindy Gym has been one of the Centre’s most enduring and popular kid’s activities!

The program is aimed at children aged from approximately 12 months to 4 years and involves participation of both the child and their parent/adult carer.

Katie Davis, the instructor explains that there are many benefits to Kindy Gym. “Children have the opportunity to creatively explore and practise skills safely while building self-confidence and self-esteem”.

Kindy Gym aims to make learning fun while teaching children the concepts of movement. The program changes weekly, and allows children to participate in free play as well as structured activities.

“We sing and dance and the emphasis is on fun while assisting children to develop fine and gross motor skills and thus, enhancing hand-eye coordination”, Katie Davis continued.

Kindy Gym is held weekly during the school term. 

There are vacancies available in the Thursday morning session 10.30am – 11.15am.

For more information contact Donnybrook Recreation on Ph: 9731 1822 or  Kindy Gym – July 2017

Info Session – Mon 14 Aug -Tour of MR Road Cycling event

After the success of last year’s event, and the fabulous support they received from the various towns within the Blackwood River Valley,  the event organisers of the 2017 Tour of Margaret River road cycling race are working with the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup again to bring this exciting event through Balingup and the surrounding region.

The 2017 event has already secured three of the top five female cyclists in the world along with a host friendly Australian & international cycling pros and cycling legends.

A ‘Community Working Group’ has been formed, and the Shire is working with this group and the event organisers to assist with hosting Stage 3 of the Tour which will finish in Balingup, and Stage 4 which will begin in Balingup . . . both on Sunday 12th November, 2017.

Excitement is building and ideas are flowing so if you’d like to get involved, or want to find out more about the impact and opportunities of the 2017 Tour of Margaret River road cycling race  come along and learn more at the Community Information Session:

Date    – Monday 14th August, 2017
Time   – 10am – 1aam
Venue – Balingup Community Centre (opposite the Balingup Tavern)
No RSVP’s required.

Balingup Community Information Session – Aug 2017 – Poster

To learn more about the race –

Stage 3 – Sunday morning – 12th November, 2017 – is a 71km road race that will start in Nannup, go to Kirup via South Cundinup and Cundinup Roads, travel along Kirup-Grimwade Road, turn right onto Grimwade Road and down to the SW Highway, then turn left onto the SW Highway at Balingup, then left onto Bailey Heights, up the big hill, turning right onto Eliott Rise and finish near the Balingup Hillview Retreat. The King and Queen of the Mountain competition will be fought out up this hill.

Stage 4 – Sunday afternoon – 12th November, 2017 – is a 42km Team Time Trial that will start in Balingup, possibly near the Balingup Tavern and travel down Balingup-Nannup Road. Riders will be sent off in their teams of 6 to time trial back to Nannup. This is a very safe way to get riders back along the Balingup-Nannup Road, because there won’t be any large pelotons of riders, just six riding in a line, with breaks between each team.

There will be a 1 – 1.5 hrs break between groups finishing Stage 3 at the top of the hill. Riders will rest & refuel in Balingup before setting off again for Stage 4. During this time, riders and spectators will want to eat, drink and shop, so the cafes and shops have a fabulous opportunity to showcase Balingup & maximise returns! But they’ll need help to cater to the expected numbers so it’s a fund raising opportunity bonanza for groups such as the CWA, Balingup Primary School P&C . . . and the list goes on!

The King and Queen of the Mountain competition is a fabulous spectacle . . . with approx. 600 – 800 riders, and potentially 1,500 people spectating!

For people living on Bailey Heights or Eliott Rise, the event organisers can ‘pilot’ residents up and down if/when they need to get in and out of their homes. They may just enjoy watching the show for a couple of hours.

The event organisers warmly invite community members to work with them in the lead up to the event. From our experience last year, the event organisers have a strong ‘local first’ policy ensuring that the event become an asset for locals towns.  They are enthusiastic and fun-loving and we invite people to get involved in any way they like.

Hope to see you on Monday 14th August, 2017 at the Community Information Session!

Poetry, Port and Pies Night – 19th August – Yabberup Hall

Poetry, Port and Pies Night

Saturday Aug 19th

6.30pm till late ($5.00 entry)

at Yabberup Hall

Create or find a poem; limerick; ode or monologue with ‘Dunnies’ as the theme to be presented on the night.

 BYO drinks/ port; a sweet or savoury pie to share and a log for the fire.

The best presentation by clapometer (audience applause) gets a prize.

For more info contact Chris on 97321258