Seniors Week – Sunday 29th October to Sunday 5th November 2017

Seniors in the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup are invited to participate in a fabulous week of activities during this year’s Seniors Week – Sunday 29th October to Sunday 5th November 2017.

Full program details – Seniors Week 2017 flyer

The ethos behind this popular annual festival is all about encouraging seniors in our community to Celebrate Later Life’.

The main event for the week is a bus trip to ‘Wellington Forest Discovery Centre’. For just $15 per person the day kick starts with a short guided bush walk (optional) in the Wellington Forest, followed by an afternoon walk and talk showcasing local indigenous names for plants and food.  Included in the $15 fee is morning tea and lunch, return bus transport and all tour entry fees. Bookings are essential for the Wellington Forest Discovery Centre tour and can be made by phoning the Shire Office on 9780 4200 by 4.00pm on Thursday 26th October, 2017.

We’re also offering a series of free Come’n Learn sessions:

  • Getting started on your I-Pad,
  • Donnybrook Library – learn how to access the full state library catalogue, eBooks and audio books through the State Library App. Make sure to BYO I-Pad or tablet.
  • ‘Dying to Talk’ – join the conversation and talk about death and planning for the end of life.
  • Driving for Seniors
  • Money Management for seniors.

Or you might prefer to try a free ‘Come’n try’ class

  • Dru Yoga and Laughter Yoga
  • Living Longer Living Stronger program
  • Fitness classes
  • Free swimming all week

A great week with a variety of activities for senior members of our community to join together and celebrate life and living in our community.

If you’re interested in finding out more about these and other activities or clubs available to seniors in the Donnybrook-Balingup region, please contact the Shire’s Community Development team on 9780 4200 or email

Halloween on Skates!

Donnybrook Recreation Centre is really getting into the swing of things with this year’s Halloween Roller Disco!

roller disco halloween – 27th Oct

Combine roller skates or blades, Halloween costumes, trick or treating at Donnybrook Recreation Centre from 6pm – 7.30pm on Fri 27th October, 2017 and it all equals lots of happy kids and a safe, family friendly option for Halloween celebrations!

The DJ – Dave will play a great range of music and there are supervised ‘roller games’ on the night to keep even the most active kids entertained!

You can BYO your own blades or skates or use a pair available at the Centre.

The roller discos run monthly on Friday nights at Donnybrook Recreation Centre. Great fun for primary school aged kids and the whole family. If you’d like more information phone the Centre on 9731 1822.

Donnybrook welcomes True Grit’s mentally gruelling military obstacle course

October 2017, Perth – Donnybrook: True Grit, the nation’s only Australian designed military inspired obstacle course, is back in Perth for this year, testing the State’s physical and mental endurance and supporting Australian soldiers and their families with over $150,000 in donations in the last five years.

True Grit Perth 2017 – Poster

On the 28 to 29 October, waves of participants will be running towards some of the most intimidating obstacles inspired by Australia’s regional natural terrain, over a 10-12km distance.

Co-founders, Adam McNamee and Matt Murphy, have a combined experience in the Australian Army spanning over 33 years, with the last 20 years in Special Forces. Adam said the event is a great opportunity to get together with friends, test your limits and support the armed forces, no matter what fitness level you are.

“True Grit is designed to be fun, inspiring and challenging, delivering a truly unique experience to those that dare,” Mr McNamee said.

True Git donates 2.5% of all profits to raise money for Legacy, supporting Australian families suffering after the injury or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service. It also contributes 2.5% of all profits to The Commando Welfare Trust, which assists families with emergency funding and long term financial support.

Legacy Australia Chairman, Tony Ralph, said True Grit really is a great way to have fun and do something that will put you out of your comfort zone.

“True Grit is something truly special in its support of defence families. By giving everyone the chance to put themselves in a soldier’s shoes for a few hours to experience the mental and physical demands it takes to be in the forces,” Mr Ralph said.

Scott Littlefair, local Firefighter and ex-soldier, is an obstacle racing pro but said he finds the community of True Grit to be one of the best.

“As an ex-soldier the course takes me back to my military roots while also assisting me with my current role by providing me reactive training and the ability to meet my community one-one-one in the field,” said Mr Littlefair.

Scott has competed in True Grit 12 times now and is making it a total of 17 at Perth this year.

The spectacular success of True Grit has led to the launch of the True Grit World Championships, seeing participants compete from all over the world in Sydney, 2018.

“True Grit participants look forward to a real Australian military experience which is what makes the event unique and I‘m very excited to take it worldwide,” Mr McNamee said.

For more information about True Grit or how to register, visit


Promote Preston Spring Program

Celebrate spring with Promote Preston’s Spring Program!

Promote Preston – Spring Program 2017

Blooming Wild Ephemeral Art Trail – Register Now

On the weekend of the Friday 10th – Sunday 12th November, 2017, as part of the Blooming Wild Festival which is taking place in the Southern Forests and Valleys  community groups, individuals and businesses in the towns of Balingup, Bridgetown, Greenbushes, Boyup Brook, Nannup, Northcliffe, Pemberton, Manjimup and Walpole are invited to create ephemeral art installations that reflect the theme “Elements”.

An art trail map will be produced and promoted to encourage residents and visitors to travel through each town and view the artworks on display.  The Blooming Wild Ephemeral Art Trail will also be featured on the Blooming Wild Festival website

What is an ephemeral Art Exhibition? – There are many forms of ephemeral art, from sculpture to performance, but the term is usually used to describe a work of art that only occurs once, like a temporary sculpture or an artistic happening, and cannot be embodied in any lasting object to be shown in a museum or gallery. Ephemeral art first came to prominence in the 1960s with the Fluxus group, when artists like Joseph Beuys were interested in creating works of art that existed outside the gallery and museum structure and had no financial worth. Temporary sculptures, happenings, performances and sound sculptures were all part of ephemeral art.

Artists are requested to dismantle the installations at the conclusion of the weekend and to consider risk management, pedestrians, no inclusion of sharp objects or profanities and any Council or Health requirements.

Blooming Wild Ephemeral Art Trail Registration Form

For more information and to return your completed registration form please contact
Deb Vanallen at the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup –
or ph : 9780 4234
or Louise Stokes at the Shire of Nannup on