Donnybrook Apple FunPark is now Open!

Further to previous notice, maintenance work at the Donnybrook Apple FunPark has been completed and the park is now fully open to the public.

We would like to thank you for your understanding and co-operation during the closure.

Benjamin (Ben) Rose

Chief Executive Officer


Official Opening of New Council Chamber – 28 March 2018.


The Shire of Donnybrook – Balingup is officially opening the doors to its new Council Chamber, on 28 March 2018.  The public are welcome to view the former Uniting Church building, 51-53 Collins Street, Donnybrook, from 1pm to 4pm on the 28th.  See you there!

2018 / 2019 Major Community Grants – APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Community groups and non-profit organisations operating within the Shire are encouraged to apply for assistance through the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup 2018/2019 Community Grants Scheme.
Community Grants Guidelines – 2018 – 2019

MAJOR GRANTS  Applications close on Friday 27th April, 2018. Applications will be assessed and may be considered as part of the annual budget review process.

COMMUNITY GRANTS – up to $2,000
Major Community Grant Application Form 2018 – 2019

Major Event Sponsorship Application Form 2018 – 2019

Recurrent Funding Application Form 2018 – 2019

However, there are a range of minor grant categories open all year round and your group/organisation may be eligible for funding under a series of categories which include:

Minor Community Grant Application Form 2017 – 18

Minor Event Sponsorship Application Form 2017 – 18

DONATIONS  – up to $200
Cash Donations Application Form 2017-18

WAIVER OF FEES – up to $500
Waiver of Fees Application Form 2017 – 18

Application Forms are now available for download from the Shire’s website, for collection from the Shire Administration Office, or can be emailed to you on request.  Council may also consider financial requests for projects that fall outside of the Community Grants Scheme. These requests must be submitted in writing providing full details, including other funding sources and the benefit of the project to the community.

For further information, contact Bronwyn Hodgson on 9780 4220 or email:


Temporary Road Closure-Sandhills Road Upgrade


Further to previous notice, the Shire would like to advise that upgrade works along sections of Sandhills Road are proposed to start on 19th March 2018 under traffic control.

To allow the delivery of the program,  notice is hereby given under the Local Government Act 1995, Part 3, Division 3, Subdivision 5 that the Shire will be temporarily closing (wholly for a period not exceeding 4 weeks) a portion of Sandhills Road to through traffic from 9th April 2018 – 6th May 2018.

The closure will be from the intersection of Wade Road to Gibbons Road. A detour via Wade Road will be in place and clearly signed. RAV vehicles will need to use alternative RAV approved routes. The Shire will liaise directly with land owners whose property access will be affected by this closure to discuss access as well as consulting with Emergency Services and School Bus Services.

To view plans of the detour please click here

Please contact the Works and Services administration office on 9780 4209 should you require any further information.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Benjamin (Ben) Rose

Chief Executive Officer

Donnybrook Apple FunPark in the spot light!

Donnybrook Apple FunPark was in the spot light on Monday 5th March, 2018!

Channel 7’s Today Tonight host, Mark Gibson had a wow of time exploring Australia’s the biggest free entry playground!

Check out the Today Tonight video here, with Mark in full swing!

Situated in the heart of Donnybrook (corner of Collins and Reserve St – adjoining the South West Highway), the Apple FunPark is the ideal destination for a day of family fun.

The Apple FunPark features:

  • play equipment for all ages from toddlers to teenagers
  • fully fenced with self-closing gates
  • six electric BBQs, with shaded tables and seating
  • grassed picnic areas
  • toilets
  • lighting towers and CTC security cameras

The play equipment is second to none and includes:  toddler and pre-schooler areas with lots of low ride-on animals, kiddie swings, dedictaed all-abilities play area, climbing and slide areas, – four-level towers with slides, rope bridges and flying foxes – low rock climbing walls, swings and a spacenet – two 9.5m towers that rise above the ground with a range of play equipment suitable for all ages, including slides and climbing equipment.

And to keep the parents fit, there is also an adult friendly gym circuit with plenty of equipment for a full body workout!

The Park is walking distance to the main shopping precinct of Donnybrook.  There are a number of good cafes and bakeries in close proximity – all serve icecreams and great coffee!

On any given day, the Apple FunPark plays host to numerous children’s birthday parties.

The story behind the Apple Fun Park

Donnybrook Apple Fun Park came about thanks to the efforts and generosity of a group of local people.

A group of locals approached the Shire about building a playground in the main street of Donnybrook. What set this proposal apart was the fact that these people were prepared to put their own money into the project!

The donors, who elected to remain anonymous at the time (as much as is possible in a small county town), offered to pay for the equipment if the Shire would donate land and infrastructure.

A community member took on the role of project coordinator and the Shire set about granting approval for the site.

As the project took off, so did the scale of the Park along with the number of donors.

A significant amount of volunteer community labour contributed to the clearing and preparation of the site.

In excess of $600,000 was pledged in community donations with the Shire agreeing to support the balance of the project costs which totalled approximately $1 million.


The Shire is very grateful to the passion and generosity of the community. Their vision and commitment has created a fabulous legacy for the community.

The Apple FunPark is a much loved venue by locals, and a popular ‘day trip’ destination for people living in surrounding communities.

The Shire also acknowledges that the Donnybrook Apple FunPark is one the region’s major tourist attractions.