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.



The Shire of Northam advises that The Restricted Burning Period begins 22nd February 2017 until 5th April 2017 unless altered.

For more information on burning please visit our Fire Permits page.

For up to date information on current burns visit the Emergency WA website

ROAD CLOSURES UPDATE - 20 FEB 2017 (4:00pm)

 The Shire of Northam wishes to advise that all roads are now open to traffic please proceed with caution as surface conditions may have changed.

Gravel Roads within the Shire of Northam are accessible to Local Traffic only until Further Notice.
Please be aware that several roads in the region have been impacted and conditions on other roads may have also changed.
Please observe traffic management and warnings that may be in place and drive to the road conditions.
The Shire requests that people be patient, even when it appears that water over roads has receded. Our crews are working hard to check on the stability and safety of all affected roads.

Thank you very much for your understanding during this time. 


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 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.


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:

Lobelia Avenue, Wundowie - under construction

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 - Asphalt works pending

Spencers Brook Road, Spencers Brook - in progress

Thomas Street, Spencers Brook.

Southern Brook Road, Southern Brook - Completed

Mitchell Avenue, Northam

Strickland Avenue, Northam - Asphalt works pending

Perina Place, Northam - Asphalt works pending

Mount Ommanney Road, Northam - Asphalt works pending

Lawley Avenue, Northam - Asphalt works pending

Old Quarry Road, Northam - Asphalt works pending

Lance Street, Northam - Asphalt works pending

Queen Street, Northam - Asphalt works pending

Trimmer Road, Northam

Irishtown Road, Northam - Asphalt works pending

Chidlow / Hawes / Burgoyne intersection, Northam - Asphalt works pending

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.

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News / Events

  • Drum Muster 8 March 2017
    Tuesday, February 21 2017 Drum Muster 8 March 2017 Round them up, rinse them out and run them in - the Drum Muster is on again 8 March 2017. Read More...
  • Bushfire Volunteer of the Month Dec 2016
    Monday, February 13 2017 Bushfire Volunteer of the Month Dec 2016 Gail James has been a member of the Inkpen Volunteer Bushfire Brigade since the 1980’s during this time she has housed the Inkpen 2.4 and before that the old International 2.4 Alpha in her shed. 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...