The Shire of Donnybrook Balingup is committed to looking after the local environment, and is working on developing a range of resources for you to access here.

Environmental Education Waste Information


Kaya noonakoort. Wandju, wandju, nidja Noongar Boodja.
Hello everyone. Welcome to Noongar country.

The Shire of Donnybrook Balingup acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, the Wardandi People of the Noongar Nation, and pays its respects to Elders, past, present, and emerging.


We are currently in Djilba, represented by the colour pink. Pink symbolises the growth of wildflowers and other plants - you will see the start of the massive flower explosion that happens in the South West, starting with the yellow plants such as Acacias.


Meet our Local Environmental Groups who have a huge variety of information and resources available for you to access:

Blackwood Biosecurity Inc. (BBI)

Blackwood Biosecurity Inc. (BBI) is an incorporated, not-for-profit organisation managed by an elected Committee of members who voluntarily give of their time and expertise. Blackwood Biosecurity is the Recognised Biosecurity Group (RBG) established by the Minister for Agriculture to take a lead role in the management of declared plant and animal pests in Western Australia’s Blackwood Valley region, under Section 169 of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management (BAM) Act 2007.  BBI works with landholders and managers in a shared responsibility approach with the management of declared pests. 

Blackwood Biosecurity Inc. is the RBG for the Shires of Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, West Arthur and the localities of Mullalyup, Grimwade, Wilga West, Balingup and Southampton in the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup. Follow BBI on Facebook!

Leschenault Catchment Council (LCC)

The Leschenault Catchment Council Inc. is governed by a volunteer membership which was formed in 2000, through the amalgamation of two community-led Natural Resource Management groups; The Leschenault Inlet Management Authority and the Leschenault Catchment Coordinating Group.

Located in the South West of WA, LLC proudly assists in the development of a sustainable future for people, culture and the environment, in many ways big and small.

Currently, their projects focus within four main categories; improving the regions waterways, estuary and marine habitats; sustainable agriculture and other land uses; supporting the biodiversity of our native bushlands, forests and waterways; and creating space for community participation, education and connection.  

With various motivated communities, the LCC team is able to share their passion through engaging workshops; on-ground environmental projects; and volunteer opportunities. "We strive to enable all folks in the protection of the diverse beauty of this region." Follow LCC on Facebook!


Collie Donnybrook Balingup: Natural Resource Recovery Program 2024 - 2025

In December 2023, the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup was informed that it was successful in receiving $409,656 via the State NRM Program, which will go towards the Collie Donnybrook Balingup Natural Resource Recovery Program.

Community Stewardship Grants provided via the State NRM Program contain six (6) priorities, all of which our Project aims to achieve. They are as follows:

Priority 1:         Sustainable management of land resources.

Priority 2:        Maintain and enhance water assets.

Priority 3:        Project and enhance the marine and coastal environment.

Priority 4:        Conserve and recover biodiversity.

Priority 5:        Enhance skills, capacity, and engagement.

Priority 6:         Deliver high quality planning that leads to effective action.


Funding for this program was sought by both Shires in response to the identification of blackberry as a significant pest across the landscape, and to increase the benefit of previous projects to control blackberry. In 2020, the Shires of Donnybrook Balingup, Collie and Dardanup were successful in obtaining Federal funding to carry out blackberry control across the three local government districts. This previous project proved highly successful, resulting in approximately 600km of waterways being mapped for the presence of blackberry and 1,200 hectares of blackberry controlled over a 12-month period. All landowners who registered their interest had treatment carried out using local contractors.

View the Landowner Information Sheet

Submit an Expression of Interest (Landowners)

  • Please ensure you have made your submission by 4:00pm on 30 April 2024.
  • Submissions can be made by completing the above form and emailing, or by mail to PO Box 94, Donnybrook, WA 6239. Alternatively, you can drop them in at the Shire Administration Office at 1 Bentley Street, Donnybrook.

Learn more about the State NRM Program

What plants are found at main locations in the Shire?


Preferred Plants

Our preferred plants for the Shire district include:

  • WA Peppermint Trees (Agonis Flexuosa), average height of 9m. 
    • An iconic native tree to the Southwest, producing small white flowers in Spring. WA Peppermint Trees are drought and salt tolerant, and can be pruned to various shapes (including shrubs). These are known to attract Western Ringtail Possums and other pollinators.
  • Kings Park Bottle Brush (Callistemon Citrinus), average height of 4m.
    • This plant produces brilliant red flowers, and is hardy enough to tolerate most soil types. The Kings Park Bottle Brush is a good option to consider if the planting location is under overhead powerlines. They can be pruned to shape, and are known to be a great hedging plant. They attract Western Ringtail Possums, birds, and other pollinators.
  • Red Flowering Gums (Corymbia Ficifoli), average height of 9m.
    • Red Flowering Gum is a tree native to the Southwest, producing bright pink flowers in Summer. They have deep green leaves, and prefer sandy, gravelly soil. These plants are also known to attract birds.
  • Pincushion Hakea (Hakea Laurena), average height of 6m.
    • Puncushion Hakea sizes vary from a large shrub to a small tree. They showcase stunning red stems from their globe shaped flowers and blue-green leaves, opening late Autumn and throughout Winter.
  • Coral Gums (Eucalyptus Torquata), average height of 7m.
    • Native to the Goldfields, the pink flowers on this tree bloom in Spring, from August through to December. They feature greyish leaves and rough bark, and are unique/endemic to WA.
  • Swamp Paperbark (Melaleuca Rhaphiophylla), average height of 6m.
    • These trees feature white flowers in summer, attracting bees and birds. They thrive in wetter soil, and are native to the Southwest.
  • Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstoemia), average height of 6-8m.
    • Crepe Myrtles are non-native deciduous trees, with a vase shaped profile. They can be pruned to shape, with their prolific bright pink flowers blooming in Summer. This plant can be found to the east of roads in Balingup.
  • Flowering Plum (Prunus Nigra), average height of 5m.
    • These non-native deciuous trees, similar to the Crepe Myrtle above, showcase a vase shaped profile. They bloom in Spring with pink-white flowers, followed by deep burgundy leaves in the Summer. 
  • Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum), average height of 4m.
    • These small ornamental trees feature a five (5) lobed leaf that is light green, turning a deep orange or crimson in Autumn.
  • Trident Maple (Acer Buergerianum), average height of 6-8m.
    • These smaller deciduous trees produce small, triangular and tri-lobed leaves. The new Spring foliage is a rich bronze/red colour, maturing to a dark green in Summer. In Autumn, the colours change from yellow, to orange, and then red. These can be found in the main areas of the Donnybrook townsite.
  • Tuckeroo (Cupaniopsis Anacordioides), average height of 5-8m.
    • Tuckeroos are a rounded, shady evergreen tree. Blooming in Autumn, the cream-coloured flowers will turn into an orange fruit. They establish quickly, have non-invasive roots, and tolerate drought and frost once grown.
  • Golden Ash (Fraxinus Excelsior), average height of 7m.
    • These trees are deciduous, spread, and are a hardy specimen tree. They feature an attractive yellow bark with lime green foliage that turns yellow in Autumn. They feature sooty black buds in Winter, and will endure warm conditions in sun or shade. These are planted at the western entry to Donnybrook.

Draft Noise Management Plan (Donnybrook Townsite)

The Shire takes great pride in the appearance of its townsites and surrounding environment, and ensures that there are regular clean-up activities to keep our public areas free from leaf litter, rubbish, and the like. These typically take place after 7:00am, but there are certainly a few challenges in the maintenance of the streets and gardens that can be affected by, or impact, day-to-day activities. Occasionally, there are situations that call for a Noise Management Plan (NMP), which we want your feedback and various perspectives on.

In particular, the townsite of Donnybrook sees these types of hazards gathering more often than other locations, and therefore requires more frequent maintenance to avoid slip and trip hazards in these high traffic areas. This makes waste collection, road, and pavement cleaning during the day impractical and significantly more hazardous to the public, contractors, and Shire staff. Undertaking these tasks prior to peak use periods aids in the mediation of risks such as traffic congestion and unsafe interaction with works taking place. Additionally, parked vehicles (including private contractors, delivery vans and trucks) are often found to block access to bins, in addition to sections of roads and pavement.

The Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 requires that noise emitted from premises, including public areas, must not exceed a level assigned to each premise type. However, as the Shire’s waste and street cleaning activities are essential, we acknowledge that at times these services will exceed the assigned noise levels. This causes the most impact to residential premises (classified as ‘noise-sensitive premises’).

As a result, it has been decided that waste collection, pavement cleaning, and similar essential works are not permitted in the Donnybrook Townsite prior to 7:00am without the provision of a Noise Management Plan. This is to reduce the impact of noise on the community members and residents, whilst maintaining public areas to a suitable standard.

The Shire of Donnybrook Balingup has prepared a DRAFT Noise Management Plan as per the Environmental Protection Regulations, and seeks public comment regarding the draft Plan, which can be found below:

Read the DRAFT Noise Management Plan!