Planning Application Lot 1 Donnybrook-Boyup Brook Road Noggerup

Notice of  Application for Planning Approval

The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup has received an application for Planning Approval under Local Planning Scheme No.7 for the following purpose and public comments are invited:


Lot 1 Donnybrook-Boyup Brook Road, Noggerup


To extract gravel for a 6ha site located in the centre of the above property. It is proposed to extract 60 000m3 (120 000 tonnes) of material over a period of approximately 10 years.

The area for proposed extraction will be cleared of Blue Gums using an excavator. Topsoil and overburden will be stored in designated topsoil storage areas and will be reserved for rehabilitation works. Topsoil stockpiles will not exceed 2m in height.

The depth of excavation will result in a reduction in ground level of 1 metre.

Crushing and screening will be carried out for approximately 3 weeks each year to meet predicted maximum annual output of approximately 10 000m3.  The site will be progressively rehabilitated for seeding with pasture grasses.

Details of the proposal are available for inspection at the Shire office, Cnr Bentley and Collins Streets, Donnybrook. Comments on the proposal may be submitted to the Shire in writing on or before Friday 2nd February 2018.

Benjamin Rose

Chief Executive Officer


To view the Environmental Management Plan for Lot 1 Donnybrook-Boyup Brook Road, Noggerup, please click on the following link Environmental Management Plan

Classic heroes on the big screen in Donnybrook

Josette Knox with boys Corbyn, Saxon, Jack & Ari

The first of the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup’s summer series of outdoor films was held under the stars on Sunday night at Donnybrook Amphitheatre.

Almost 500 locals and visitors to the region took advantage of one of the simple pleasures of summertime, and sat outdoors under the stars to watch the film. The weather was balmy, and as the sun set, clear skies ensured the stars provided a stunning canopy!

The picnic fare varied between gourmet takings complete with candles and serviettes . . . alongside the ever popular pizza! And it appears too that bean bags are becoming the ‘must have’ accessory for outdoor events.

Many in attendance watched this recent Marvel Studios’ block buster for the first time, and judging by the spontaneous laugher it was very well received.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

With financial assistance from Lotterywest again this year, the Shire is able to host four free outdoor films! The next outdoor film is ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ on the Australia Day weekend – Sunday 27th January at Donnybrook Amphitheatre. Hunt for the Wilderpeople – Jan 2018

If you would like any further information about coming events in your area please contact the Shire on 9780 4200 or keep up to date on the website

Scott family – Ben, Belinda, Lenny & Archer

Aaron, Waiane & Rowan Jacobs

Watch Around Water relaunched at Donnybrook Recreation Centre

Donnybrook Recreation Centre joined Royal Life Saving Society WA and public swimming pools throughout Western Australia this week to relaunch ‘Watch Around Water’. Watch Around Water Week is being held throughout the state – 14th – 22nd December 2017.

Watch Around Water encourages community members visiting public swimming pools with young children, to put down their phones and focus on safety.

The campaign highlights the dangers of being distracted when supervising children around water. “The Watch Around Water campaign promotes safe supervision at public swimming pools and over the last couple of years has resulted in there being a significant shift in patron behaviour”, explained Lauren Nimmo, Senior Manager Health Promotion and Research at the Royal Life Saving Society WA.

Children remain at the highest risk of drowning and injury. Last year almost half of the injuries recorded at public swimming pool facilities in Western Australia involved children under 14 years of age.

“We’re delighted to support Donnybrook Recreation Centre in promoting Watch Around Water, stated Lauren Nimmo. “More education is needed to ensure that parents are aware of their supervision responsibilities while visiting facilities like Donnybrook Recreation Centre with young children. Even though lifeguards are on duty, parents still have a crucial role to play in keeping children safe.”

Chief Executive Officer, Ben Rose said “we’re proud to relaunch the Watch Around Water program at Donnybrook Recreation Centre.”

“Parents need to be mindful of the potential for unnecessary distraction while supervising children, especially around the water. Smart phones with streaming technology, pose a real and growing danger as a source of distraction. It is our hope that this campaign will alert caregivers to the risk for injury, and the potential consequences of a monetary lapse in supervision.”

The most common factor contributing to childhood drowning is a lapse in adult supervision. Lauren Nimmo says, “it doesn’t take long for tragedy to occur. It only takes seconds for a child to drown, and any distraction, even if only for a moment to check your mobile phone places them at risk.”

As part of the Watch Around Water relaunch, Donnybrook Recreation Centre will be running a colouring-in competition for children visiting the pool. Judging will take place at the end of January 2018 with a prize pack up for grabs.

In addition, parents who are actively supervising their children at the pool will be rewarded by the Centre staff with a raffle ticket to enter the draw to win an IPad 32GB WIFI (valued at $468). Raffle will be drawn on Friday 19th January 2018 (one overall winner for WA).

The Watch Around Water campaign will be running at public swimming pools throughout Western Australia this summer.


For Lease – Unit 8 Preston Retirement Village

Unit 8 Preston Retirement Village, a two-bedroom unit in an attractive, secure council-maintained complex for over 60s, 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 up to 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.

The reverse cycle air-conditioning unit keeps the unit cosy all year round and 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.

Be safe on our roads over the festive season ahead!


The Shire of Donnybrook Balingup is a strong supporter of the Road Safety Commission Drink Driving Campaign. The holiday season is one of high risk, where it’s easy to justify low-level drink driving.

The simple message is – if you’re drinking, just don’t drive! 

Over the Christmas and New Year holiday period, road users can take responsibility for
behaving safely and complying with all road rules by:

  • Getting their vehicle safety checked before travelling
  • Turning off their mobile phone before driving
  • Adapting their speed for the weather, light, traffic and road conditions
  • Ensuring they and passengers are buckled up when travelling in a vehicle
  • Taking a break, having a rest or if possible swapping drivers to avoid the onset of fatigue
  • When planning to drink, arrange a designated driver, organise public transport or stay overnight.

For more information available on the on the website including links to You Tube versions of the TV advert campaigns: