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 an error has been made in the 2017-2018 Rubbish & Recycling Calendar. Zones 6 & 7, being Bakers Hill, Clackline, Spencers Brook and Wundowie have been incorrectly coloured in the calendar section as being collected on a Thursday. The correct day for these zones is Friday.


A preliminary design has been put together for the Northam Youth Precinct. The Shire of Northam is seeking feedback through open community sessions. All ages are welcome to attend either Session One: Thursday 31st August 4-6pm or Session Two: Thursday 31st August 6;30-8:30pm at the Northam Recreation Centre. 

Youth Precinct Flyer



 Are you passionate about your community, enjoy working with people and have a desire to make a difference? 

Have you considered standing for Council at your next Local Government Election? You can nominate to become a candidate if you are:

  • 18 or older
  • enrolled to vote
  • a resident or ratepayer of the council area, or an occupier of rateable land in the area.

Want to know more? The Shire of Northam is holding a Candidate Information Session where you can learn more about your Council and how you can make a difference by standing for election as a Councillor.


Hosted by:       The Shire of Northam

Time:                5:30pm on Thursday, 24 August 2017

Venue:             Shire of Northam, Council Chambers - 395 Fitzgerald Street, Northam

Nominations for the position of Councillor open 7 September 2017 and close at 4.00pm, 13 September 2017.

For further details please contact: Colin Young at the Shire of Northam, on 9622 6100 during normal office hours.

Jason Whiteaker 
Shire of Northam
Telephone: 9622 6100


Shire of Northam
ROLL CLOSE: 5:00 PM Friday, 1 September 2017

You may be eligible to be enrolled to vote in the local government elections on 21 October 2017 if you live in or are an owner or occupier of rateable property in the Shire of Northam.

You are automatically enrolled to vote if you are on the State Electoral Roll as at 5:00 PM Friday, 1 September 2017. If you are not already on the State Electoral Roll and meet the eligibility criteria, or if you have changed address recently, you must complete an enrolment form.

Enrolment Forms
Electoral enrolment forms are available from the Shire of Northam, all post offices, all Australian Electoral Commission offices or the Western Australian Electoral Commission and must be completed and reach a Divisional Returning Officer in Western Australia by 5:00 PM Friday, 1 September 2017.

Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers
If you are a non-resident owner or occupier of rateable property in the Shire of Northam and are on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll, you are eligible to enrol to vote. If you are not on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll and own or occupy rateable property in the Shire of Northam you may be eligible to enrol to vote. This applies if you were on the last electoral roll for the Shire of Northam prior to May 1996 and have owned or occupied rateable property in the district continuously since this time. Please contact your local government for details. Owners of land who were on the last Local Government roll continue to retain that status until they cease to own the rateable property to which the enrolment relates. Occupiers do not have continuous enrolment and should contact the Shire of Northam to confirm their enrolment status. To be eligible to enrol as an occupier, you will need to have a right of continuous occupation under a lease, tenancy agreement or other legal instrument for at least the next three months following the date of the application to enrol.

Joint Owners and Occupiers
If a rateable property is owned or occupied by more than two people, a majority of the owners/occupiers may nominate two persons from amongst themselves who are on either the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll, to enrol as owner/occupier electors.

A body corporate that owns or occupies rateable property may nominate two people who are on either the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll to enrol as owner/occupier electors.

Enrolment Forms – Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Only
Enrolment forms can be obtained from local governments and must be lodged with the Chief Executive Officer by 5:00 PM Friday, 1 September 2017. Further information can be obtained from the Shire of Northam.

Jason Whiteaker
Shire of Northam
Telephone: 9622 6100


Nominations for the WA Youth Awards 2017 are now open.

Do you know an outstanding youth group/organisations providing services and support to the State’s young people?

 The WA Youth Awards were established in 1999 to recognise young Western Australians aged 12 to 25 years for their achievements and contributions to the community. The Awards also reward outstanding youth groups and organisations that serve and support the state’s young people.

 Nominations are open for the following categories:

  • The Minister for Youth’s Outstanding Youth Worker
  • The Commissioner for Children and Young People Participate Award
  • The ECU Community Leadership Award
  • The Perth Theatre Trust Cultural Endeavors Award
  • The Hope Community Services Active Participation Award
  • The Mercy Care Organisational Achievement (Large)
  • The RUAH Organisational Achievement (Small)
  • The RAC Innovation for a Sustainable Future Award

The WA Young Person of the Year will be selected from among the category winners, and will receive a $10,000 travel bursary to participate in youth-related events and activities across WA, in addition to two tickets to a European destination.

 To learn more about the WA Youth Awards, the award categories, and to begin the nomination process please view the links below.




There will be intermittent half road closures on the Avon Bridge as the weather has delayed some final works.  All works should be completed by Friday 18 August however this is also dependent on the weather.  Main Roads will try to avoid peak periods where possible. Main Roads thanks road users for their patience.

Phone: 138 138 for further information.


Are you interested in what happens in your community? If you have thought about becoming a Local Government Councillor but weren't sure what was involved or of it was for you, then you should register for a free webinar provided by the West Australian Local Government Association (WALGA)

The webinar provides a quick view of important topics like:

  • An overview of Local Government
  • The Roles and Responsibilities of Council and Council Members
  • Behavioural expectations of Elected Members
  • The skills required to be a successful Councillor, and
  • The impact on home life

The Shire of Northam would like to encourage the Ballardong Noongar people and all cultural groups to consider nomination to become an elected member. 

Date: Thursday 17 August 2017
Time: 5:00pm - 5:45pm (including presentation and Q&A session)

Be quick to register as positions will go fast: http://www.walga.asn.au/Training/Our-Services/Webinars.aspx 



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

O'Neill Road, Grass Valley

Thomas Street, Spencers Brook.

Mitchell Avenue, Northam - In Progress

Mount Ommanney Road, Northam - Asphalt works pending

Trimmer Road, Northam - In Progress

Chidlow / Hawes / Burgoyne intersection, Northam 

Coates Road, Wundowie - Under Assessment

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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