Welcome to the Shire of Northam

      Shire of Northam Executive Management Team

About Shire of Northam

The Shire of Northam Administration Centre is located in the town of Northam, located 96km from Perth.   Please  contact  our  friendly  staff for further  information, by  telephone on  (08) 9622 6100, e-mail records@northam.wa.gov.au or visit the Council Offices at 395 Fitzgerald Street, Northam.

Just moved to the Shire of Northam? Head over to our 'New to Northam' page for more information on the many services and activities available, which may be of interest to you and your family.

Regional Capitals Alliance Western Australia 

The Shire of Northam is a proud member of Regional Capitals Alliance Western Australia (RCAWA). RCAWA members are home to over 250,000 people – half the population of regional WA.

Combining strong economies and relaxed lifestyles, our regional centres are growth leaders for our state, building outcomes that benefit not just our immediate communities, but also provide growth to the whole of regional Western Australia. For more information head to: https://www.waregionalcapitals.com.au/ 



By order of the Chief Bush Fire Control Officer, notice is hereby served that all  permits to set fire to the bush are SUSPENDED from Midnight 18th April 2019 until Midnight 22nd April 2019 inclusive.

No burning is to take place within the Shire of Northam during this period.

Approved permit holders may resume their burning program from 23rd April 2019 as per their permit conditions.

SUSPENSION  also in place for ANZAC day, 25 April 2019.

For more information, please contact the Shire of Northam Community Emergency Services Manager during normal business hours on 9622 6100.


 Please be advised that Bridge 0613 on Yilgarn Avenue in Northam will be undergoing structural maintenance from 12th April 2019 for approximately 2 weeks.

There will be some disruption to traffic during this time.  Please observe traffic management onsite.

The Shire of Northam apologises for any inconvenience and appreciates your cooperation in this matter.


 Please be advised that Gordon Place, between Fitzgerald Street and Minson Avenue, in Northam will be undergoing improvement works from 29th April 2019 for approximately 2 weeks.

There will be no access to through traffic during this time.  Please observe traffic management onsite.

The Shire of Northam apologises for any inconvenience and appreciates your cooperation in this matter.


The Shire of Northam gives notice of its intent to dispose of the following land by public treaty, in accordance with section 3.58(3) of the Local Government Act 1995:

Lot 189-195 (135-155) Wellington Street, Northam (2.5585 hectares), also known as Victoria Street Oval:

The Shire of Northam is proposing to dispose of the abovementioned lots to Uniting Church Homes for the purpose of aged care services which will include a residential aged care facility, independent living accommodation for the elderly and ancillary professional and administrative support space. The proposed disposal price is $969,000 (ex GST) which is less than the valuation of $1,100,000 (ex GST) which was received on 4 April 2019. The sale of property would be conditional on the development approval process commencing within eighteen months of the contract of sale being signed.

Written submissions in respect of the proposed sale may be lodged with the Shire until 5:00pm, Wednesday, 22nd April 2019. Submissions should be marked “Lot 189-195 (135-155) Wellington Street, Northam” and addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Northam, PO Box 613, Northam, WA 6401 or emailed to: records@northam.wa.gov.au.





Please be advised that the following road closures will be in place between 5:00am and 12:30pm during the Anzac Day Parade.

Thursday 25th April 2019

  • Closure of Fitzgerald St from Ensign Dale Pl to Beavis Pl
  • Closure of Grey St from Minson Ave to Boulevard carpark entrance
  • Closure of Gordon St from Fitzgerald St to Boulevard carpark entrance


There will be no access for traffic during this period.  A map detailing the road closure is available here.

The Shire of Northam apologises for any inconvenience and appreciates your cooperation in this matter.


Proposed Disposal of Artwork pursuant to section 3.58(2) of the Local Government Act 1995. 

The Shire of Northam gives notice of its intent to dispose of the following artworks deaccessioned from the Shire of Northam Art Collection by Expression of Interest, in accordance with section 3.58(2) of the Local Government Act 1995:
• Frank Pash, ‘Bartolime Carmona Riding Bodeguero’, reproduction
• Don Lobban, ‘Buckland’, reproduction, edition 12/500.
• George Throssell Sepia Photograph, damaged
• Terry Maitland, untitled photograph
• Image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
The Shire of Northam intends to dispose of the abovementioned artworks by Expression of Interest. 

The artworks can be viewed by appointment. To arrange an appointment please contact the Shire’s Community Services section on 0407 088 183.
Written expressions of interest may be lodged with the Shire until 5:00pm, Wednesday, 24th April 2019.

Submissions should be marked “Expressions of Interest, Shire of Northam Art Collection” and addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Northam, PO Box 613, Northam, WA 6401 or emailed to: records@northam.wa.gov.au.


The Regional Capitals Alliance WA (RCAWA) is proud to sponsor the West Australian community awards for the Most Accessible Community in WA. These awards are for the Local Governments who best demonstrate their awareness of creating a universal-access environment.

The Judging Panel will consider the following criteria:

  •  Improve the accessibility of Council infrastructure and public open space;
  • Inclusive communication technology and information initiatives;
  • Accessible and inclusive Council services, programs and events;
  • Exercises leadership and influences community attitudes and perceptions.

Nominations considered under the categories of:

  • Metro Council
  • Regional City
  • Regional Shire/Town

Photographs and/or other evidence of your initiative as well as testimonials from people with a disability, their carers and family are encouraged.

Initiatives that go above and beyond the statutory obligations (Disability Access and Inclusion Plans, Business Council of Australia etc.) will be highly regarded. 

Nomination forms can be found HERE
Or contact: Jane Lewis 0419322779 or janeredz1@gmail.com

Nominations close on the 1st of July 2019.

These awards will be presented at the WALGA AGM on Wednesday 7 August 2019 commencing at 1:30pm at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.


Northam has been successful in its bid to host the 5th Women’s World Ballooning Championships in 2021.

The bid, compiled by Northam Ballooning Events Inc. and the Shire of Northam was jointly presented to the Committee Internationale D’Aerostation (CIA) of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) in Istanbul Turkey on 15th March 2019.

 Local balloon identity Donna Tasker attended the meeting to present the bid, along with the Australian Ballooning Federation.

This will be the first time the championships have been held outside of Europe, and is seen as attracting large numbers of international and interstate visitors to the Avon Valley.

Shire of Northam President Chris Antonio said ”The Shire of Northam is excited to have the opportunity to hold such a significant event.  It follows on from the recent successful Australian Ballooning Championships in 2015 and 2017 and we are looking forward to working together with Northam Ballooning Events on this event. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the Shire of Northam and the Avon Valley to the world.”

Shire CEO Jason Whiteaker said “It is hoped the event will attract up to 45 balloonists and support staff to Northam for 7-10 days over the duration of the championships, with many extending their stay in Western Australia either before or after the event. The shire sees this as having flow on effects and a boost to tourism and the economy in the region in both the short and long term”.

Gren Putland, Spokesperson for Northam Ballooning Events Inc. said 

“Northam has an extensive history in ballooning. It is renowned as the launch site for numerous World and National ballooning records, including the successful flights by Steve Fossett and Fedor Konyukhov.  Northam was also the host for the Australian Championships held in 1981, 1984 and in 2015 and 2017.

The event will attract the world’s best women balloon pilots, and supporters to Northam. As with previous events, the organisers will be working with local residents in planning and operational aspects of the event.”

Further details on exact dates for the championships are not yet available, but it is planned for August-September 2021.


The Shire of Northam wishes to advise that due to changing weather conditions, the Restricted Burning Period will commence on Monday 11th March 2019 for agricultural purposes only.

If your property is eligible for a permit, the online permit can be found HERE

If your property is ineligible to apply for a permit, all burning must only be conducted during the UNRESTRICTED PERIOD from the 1st of May 2019.

For further information please click the link below or contact our Community Emergency Services Manager on 0458 08 08 18


The Shire of Northam would like to inform you of upcoming road works in the following areas:

Spencers Brook Road, Muresk  

Spencers Brook Road, Clackline - In Progress

East Street, Northam - In Progress

Byfield Street, Northam

Gregory Street, Northam - Completed

Wellington Street, Northam

Glass Avenue, Northam

Charles Street, Northam

Balga Tce, Wundowie - In Progress

Jennapulin Road, Southern Brook - In Progress

Coates Road, Wundowie

Mervyn Street, Northam - Completed

Cody Street, Northam - Completed

Foreman Street, Northam - Completed

Cook Street, Northam - Completed

Fitzgerald Street, Northam - In Progress

Gordon Street, Northam

Selby Street, Northam

Mudalla Way, Northam

Irishtown Road, Northam - In Progress

Access will be limited during this time.  Please observe Traffic Management on site. Apologies for any inconvenience.

After Hours Emergency Contact

For Emergency events like fallen trees on roads and across driveways, call Engineering Works on 0419 910 319.

For emergencies involving animals, including stock posing threats on local government roads, call Ranger Services on 9622 7267.

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News / Events

  • Disability Access & Inclusion Plan Review
    Wednesday, April 03 2019 Disability Access & Inclusion Plan Review The Shire of Northam Disability Access & Inclusion Plan is due for review. The Shire of Northam welcomes your honest feedback and suggestions through the survey. Read More...
  • Social Sports
    Monday, April 01 2019 Social Sports The Northam Recreation Centre will be holding pick-up basketball, indoor soccer and floorball as their social sports activities for Term 2. Read More...
  • DrumMuster - 10 May 2019
    Tuesday, March 26 2019 DrumMuster - 10 May 2019 The next DrumMuster in the Shire of Northam is scheduled for Friday, 10 May 2019 at the Old Quarry Road Landfill Site in Northam. Read More...