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/ 



Please be advised that the following road closures will be in place during the Northam Motor Sport Festival

Saturday 6th April 2019

12.00pm to Midnight – Beavis Place, Minson Avenue (From Peel Terrace to Beavis Place), Gordon Place, Nind Street, O’Hara Lane and Grey Street (Between Minson Avenue to Fitzgerald Street) to enable preparations of the Northam Motor Sport Festival street race and the Minson Motorkhana.

Sunday 7th April 2018.

00:01am to Midnight – Fitzgerald Street (Gairdner Street to Ensign Dale Place), Wellington Street (Beamish Avenue to Prince Road), Grey Street (Minson Avenue to Duke Street), Elizabeth Place (Gordon St to Ensign-Dale Pl), Gordon Place, Gordon Street (Fitzgerald Street to Duke Street), Beavis Place, Minson Avenue (From Peel Terrace to Beavis Place), Nind Street and O’Hara Lane to enable the Northam Motor Sports Festival to take place.

There will be no access to traffic during this period.  Click here for a map detailing the road closures.

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


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

  • 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...
  • The Green Experience
    Tuesday, March 26 2019 The Green Experience The best of Northam hospitality has been on show throughout March with the Green Experience proving a popular way for the community to relax on a Friday evening. Read More...
  • Northam Motorsport Festival
    Tuesday, March 26 2019 Northam Motorsport Festival A free classic car event for all ages. On 6 & 7 April, the main streets of Northam will be transformed into a circuit with classic racing cars competing in regular time trials. Read More...