Welcome to the Shire of Northam

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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.



Please be advised that Carlin Road, Bakers Hill be closed to through traffic to facilitate a culvert replacement.

17th January to 27th January 2017

There will be no access for through traffic during this period and will be accessible to local traffic only. Click here for a map detailing the road closure and Tamma Road detour.

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


At the Ordinary Council meeting held on 21 December 2016 Council resolved to amend the January 2017 meeting dates for the Shire of Northam. 

Public notice is given for the January 2017 Council meetings which have been scheduled as follows;

Council Forum Meeting - Wednesday, 18 January 2017 at 5:30pm

Ordinary Council Meeting - Wednesday, 25 January 2017 at 5:30pm

These meetings will take place in the Shire of Northam Council Chambers, 395 Fitzgerald Street, Northam and will be open to the public.

 All other meeting will be held in accordance with previous notice provided and as listed on the Shire of Northam website at www.northam.wa.gov.au.


Please be advised that the Shire of Northam has imposed a Harvest, Vehicle Movement and Hot Works Ban on Australia Day, 26 January 2017.

If you have any queries in relation to this information or would like to be on the Harvest Ban SMS list, please contact the Shire of Northam on 9622 6100.


Main Roads will be closing the Newcastle Road Bridge (Avon Bridge) in Northam on 7 December 2016 until approximately the end of July 2017.

Works will include a complete refurbishment of the bridge including widening the traffic lanes, a new footpath, upgrading the guardrail, replacing the bridge deck and strengthening the bridge which will include driving additional piles. During this time the bridge will be closed to both traffic and pedestrians.

It has been identified that the bridge has structural deficiencies so it is critical that the works are undertaken.

Closing the bridge will result in a shorter duration of works, improved quality and durability of the structure while ensuring public safety.

The public are asked to use alternative routes during the bridge closure and allow extra time for travel as delays may be experienced. For a map of alternative pedestrian routes Click Here .  For a map of alternative traffic routes Click Here

Craig Manton, Wheatbelt Regional Manager has stated “the upgrades will increase community safety and the overall lifespan of the structure, thus allowing the heavy haulage industry to continue utilising this important freight route in the Wheatbelt region.”

Heavy haulage vehicles accessing the mill will need to use the alternate route Click Here

The works will be managed by Main Roads Wheatbelt Region from its Northam office. Contact Main Roads on 138 138 for any further information.


The Shire of Northam advises that The Prohibited Burning Period begins 15th November 2016 until 21st February 2017 unless extended. During this period no burning is permitte

All residents are encouraged to be “Bushfire Ready” by undertaking additional fire protection measures and create a household “Bushfire Survival Plan” to ensure the safety of property and life. Further information is available from the Are You Bushfire Ready website www.areyouready.wa.gov.au or from the Shire of Northam website www.northam.wa.gov.au or 9622 6100.


The Shire of Northam wishes to advise that Bernard Park Drainage Basin Improvement works are in progress.

The project will run for several weeks which is located at the Peel Terrace end of Bernard Park.

The project is aimed at providing a more appealing public open space with improved amenities for park users and the local wild life. During this time the Swans will be monitored by the Shire Rangers until such time access will be made available again. The project concept plan can be found here.

The Shire of Northam apologises for any inconvenience during this period and appreciates your cooperation in avoiding the construction area.



The Shire of Northam will be conducting a hazard reduction burn on reserves vested to the Shire of Northam for a full list of burns please click the link below.

Prescribed Burns

This Project is proudly funded as part of the National Bushfire Mitigation Program.

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To ensure the ongoing safety and reliability of your electricity network, Western Power crews will be carrying out essential network improvements in Northam and a number of surrounding localities.

Click here for further information 



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

Holtfreter Avenue, Northam - Completes

Fitzgerald Street (near Millington Street), Northam - completed

Gregory Street, Northam - Completed

Wellington Street (near Ensign Dale), Completed 

Lobelia Avenue, Wundowie

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


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

O'Neill Road, Grass Valley

Wilson Street, Grass Valley - Kerbing work in progress

Spencers Brook Road, Spencers Brook - commenced

Thomas Street, Spencers Brook.

Southern Brook Road, Southern Brook - Nearing Completion

Jennapullin Road, Southern Brook - complete

Mitchell Avenue, Northam

Strickland Avenue, Northam - commenced

Perina Place, Northam - commenced

Mount Ommanney Road, Northam

Lawley Avenue, Northam - commenced

Old Quarry Road, Northam

Lance Street, Northam - commenced

Queen Street, Northam - commenced

Trimmer Road, Northam

Irishtown Road, Northam

Chidlow / Hawes / Burgoyne intersection, Northam - Commenced

Coates Road, Wundowie.

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



The Shire of Northam is pleased to announce a new round of grant funding developed to assist property owners within the Northam CBD in order to enhance the appearance of their buildings.

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.

News / Events

  • public comment - planning proposal
    Friday, January 13 2017 public comment - planning proposal The Shire of Northam has received a planning proposal for a Northam Eco Lifestyle Village and is inviting public comment. Read More...
  • Bushfire Volunteer of the Month Nov 2016
    Wednesday, December 21 2016 Bushfire Volunteer of the Month Nov 2016 Congratulations to November 2016 Bushfire Volunteer of the Month, Garry Shepherdson. Read More...
  • Northam Youth Precinct
    Monday, December 05 2016 Northam Youth Precinct The community is invited to have their say about the Northam Youth Precinct. The Shire of Northam is offering two open community sessions to be held on 25 January 2017. Read More...

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