Info Session – 19 June 2017 Tour of MR Road Cycle Race

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 have approached the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup with an exciting  proposal!

The Shire is keen to support the proposal, however it’s important that we talk to the community about the impact and opportunities of 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.

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. We’ll be able to meet them . . . and potentially work with the event organisers in hosting a ‘meet & greet’ presentation at Balingup Primary School!

Come along and learn more at the Community Information Session:

Date    – Monday 19th June, 2017
Time   – 9am – 10am
Venue – Balingup Community Centre (opposite the Balingup Tavern)
No RSVP’s required.

Balingup Community Information Session – June 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.

The event organisers are planning on having about 1 – 1.5 hrs 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 my experience last year, they 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 19th June, 2017 at the Community Information Session!

Club Development Workshops

Through the Club Development Officer Scheme funded by the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup is partnering with the City of Bunbury to deliver two FREE workshops to local clubs in June 2017.

Digital workshop covering online communications and how to maximise your social media presence.  Club talk digital 2017

Date: Wednesday 14th June 2017
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Leschenault Leisure Centre, Leisure Drive, Australind WA

“Hunting and Gathering” workshop to help make grant writing easy. Grant writing 2017

Date: Tuesday 27th June 2017
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Dalyellup Community Centre, 6 Gosse Way, Dalyellup WA

RSVP’s are essential. Please see more details on the attached flyers.

FREE Presentation on Children and Sport

The Donnybrook Footy Club is hosting a presentation by Troy Kirkham, who has travelled the world gaining an insight into the reasons why children play sport and what causes them to drop out of sport. Troy is currently employed as the Participation Manager, WA Football Commission

The presentation is open to all Clubs in the Shire, or anyone interested in child development and the challenges we face in keeping children and young people involved in sport.

This is a free event with some finger food provided.

Date   : Saturday the 27th May, 2017
Time   : 5pm to 6.30pm including question time
Where : The Donnybrook Football Club, Marmion Street, Donnybrook.

No RSVP’s required

For more information see the flyer  Presentation – Troy Kirkham – Keeping Youth Involved in Sport – May 2017 or please email :

Flipping Mad!

Donnybrook Recreation Centre’s junior soccer program has been in recess during May while the sports stadium redevelopment progresses. However, that hasn’t stopped this group of kids from participating in sport.

Thursday afternoons are a ‘happening thing’ at Donnybrook Recreation Centre with   the newly introduced ‘junior flipper ball’. Flipper ball is a junior version of water polo, and Centre Manager Jill McLean explains that, “we divide the kids into teams each week, teach them some basic skills, and just have some fun in the pool.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about flipper ball at Donnybrook Recreation Centre is welcome to drop in or phone the Centre on 9731 1822.

WA Gravity Enduro Mountain Biking Open Day

Linga Longa Bike Park, Balingup, will be holding a recreational Mountain Biking open day on Sunday 28th May. Those attending will have the opportunity to explore the Bike Park and ride the trails.

The event will be capped at 200 participants,  bookings are essential.