Review of Local Planning Policies

The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup is reviewing existing local planning policies and your comments are invited.

Details of the polices are available here Town Planning Policies or for inspection at the Shire office, Cnr Bentley and Collins Streets, Donnybrook

Comments on the policies may be submitted to the Shire in writing on or before Thursday, 7th June 2018.


Benjamin (Ben) Rose

Chief Executive Officer

Community Urged To Keep Up Their Recycling Efforts


The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup would like to assure its residents that despite much media coverage surrounding the effects of the China import ban, recyclables are still being exported for recycling, albeit at lower prices.

It is important that the community members continue placing correct items in correct bins.  It is particularly important that only recyclable items are placed in the recycling bins.  Placing incorrect items in the recycling bin is called ‘contamination’ and causes problems during sorting of recyclables, as well as affects the ability of the item to be processed into a new product.  In some cases, just a few contaminated bins can ruin an entire truckload of recyclables.

Plastic bags remain the most common contaminant found in recycling.  Please remember that plastic bags and soft plastics, like cling-wrap, cannot be placed in recycling bins.  They should be reused, returned to a supermarket that provides a special plastic bag recycling station, or disposed of in your garbage bin.

In terms of processing, it is also important that you remove all the lids from jars and plastic bottles, and give the containers or bottles a quick rinse before placing them in the recycling bin.

For more information about which waste items belong to which bin, please visit

Notice of Application for Road Closure

The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup is giving notice under Section 58(3) of the Land Administration Act 1987.

The Shire resolved to initiate road closure proceedings at its meeting 28th March 2018 for a portion of unconstructed road reserve abutting Kelly Street, Donnybrook.  The reserve is unmade and abuts the property known as Lot 9504 Kelly Street, Donnybrook.

Further information regarding the proposal can be obtained by contacting Council’s Principal Planner at the Shire Office.

Council invites public comment on this proposal. Written submissions close on 31st May 2018.



Chief Executive Officer





For Lease – Unit 8 Preston Retirement Village

Unit 8 Preston Retirement Village, a two-bedroom unit in an attractive, private and secure complex for over 55’s, has recently become available for lease.

This unit is the ultimate in easy-living with a well-appointed kitchen and a lovely lounge area that opens onto a private patio and garden.  The main bedroom  has a built in robe and a semi-ensuite bathroom.  The second bedroom is very roomy with a beautiful view of the private garden, and the private study provides  space for your hobbies or home office.

Reverse cycle air-conditioning keeps the unit cosy all year round. The garage is fitted with an automatic opener for your convenience and has loads of storage space for your garden or leisure activities.

Preston Retirement Village overlooks the beautiful Preston River, is within walking distance of the Donnybrook CBD and IGA and within an easy drive of Bunbury, Geographe Bay, Margaret River and all the attractions of the South West.  The retirement village comprises 13 modern units and a purpose-built community centre.

Unit 8 is marketed at $315,000. For more information please contact Kate O’Keeffe on 9780 4202.

The gardens leading to the Community Hall

The view to the Preston River

Proposed Amendment Local Law – Meeting Procedures



The Shire of Donnybrook Balingup has resolved to make the following local law:

Meeting Procedures Local Law – the purpose of which is to amend certain provisions within the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup Meeting Procedures Local Law. The effect of this local law is to bring order and dignity to meetings and underpin the decision-making processes.

Copies of the proposed local law may be inspected at or obtained from the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup, Corner Collins and Bentley Streets, Donnybrook, between the hours of 8.30am and 4pm, or from the Shire website (

Submissions about the proposed laws may be made to the CEO, PO Box 94, Donnybrook, WA 6239 or emailed to by 4pm on (7 June 2018).