February 2015

Created on: Thursday, 5 March 2015 at 10:24:18 AM

Library News

Northam Library
Perspectives Discussion Group Wednesday’s 1.30pm–2.30pm the next focus for our group will be the place books hold in our lives and culture.

Wundowie Library
• Better Beginnings Friday 9.00am–9.30am
• Beginners computing class Friday 10.00am–11.30am
• Intermediate computing class Friday 12.30 pm– 1.30pm
• Inklings a writers club for children Friday’s 3.30pm –4.30pm
Saturday Mornings
• Minecraft Club 9.00am – 9.30am
• Chess Club 10.00am–11.00am
• Warhammer Club 10.30am–12.00pm
• Story Time 3 – 8 yrs 10.00am
• Story Time 9 – 12 yrs 10.30am

Childrens Craft Group

Concerts in the Park

Private Swimming Pools

The Shire is in the process of inspecting all private swimming pools and spas. It is a requirement of the legislation that all pools are inspected at least once every four years. If you have a pool, which is due for inspection, you should receive a letter in the next couple of months regarding an inspection of your pool fence.
All private swimming pools which contain water that is more than 300mm deep, must have a building permit and a compliant pool fence. All new pools must also have a cover/blanket that is designed to reduce water evaporation and is accredited by the Australian Water Association.
Please refer to the Shire of Northam’s website – Council Services - Building Services – Swimming Pools for further information including the Rules for Pools brochure which provides diagrams to help you ensure that your pool fence is compliant.

Building Permits

Building Work often requires a permit issued by the Shire of Northam prior to commencing the building works. The definition of building works is available on the website in the building services/dwelling section.

The Shire of Northam’s Building Services pages on the website have recently been updated making it easier to navigate and find the information you require to gain a Building Permit. Please ensure that you include a completed application form and the appropriate checklist with your application. Ensuring that you have included all of the required information will speed up the approval process.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Building Services department for further information.

Community Grants 2015/16

Applications are now OPEN and CLOSE 15 April 2015 (4pm) 

The Shire of Northam 2015/2016 Community Grants round is now open and will close on 15 April 2015 (4.00pm). Community Grants will be available to non-profit community based organisations, sporting groups and schools that implement a project or an event that is of benefit to the community. The Shire of Northam will favourably view initiatives that clearly demonstrate their benefit to the community, have additional funding partners and have a degree of sustainability.

As well as applying for small non-recurring Community Grants for one-off initiatives, groups can apply for sponsorships, scholarships, donations, prizes or other support and assistance.

For further information including grant guidelines and application forms, please contact the Shire’s Community Development Officer Michelle Blackhurst on 9622 6129 or cdo@northam.wa.gov.au 

What is available? 

COMMUNITY PROJECT GRANTS - funding of up to $5,000 to support innovative responses to community needs. Projects can include development of community facilities, purchase of equipment and delivery of community based programs and projects. Priority will be placed on projects that promote skills development, enhance safety or increase participation and social inclusion.

COMMUNITY EVENT GRANTS- to assist in the delivery of events that demonstrate significant community reach and benefit, promote social inclusion and encourage partnerships and collaboration in the community. Funding will generally be limited to $5,000, although larger amounts may be granted for significant events as determined by Council.

CLUB SPONSORSHIP - to assist community sport and recreation clubs in the hosting of major club events or competitions that will bring additional benefits to the Shire of Northam community. Funding will generally be limited to $500 per club, unless determined otherwise by Council.

QUICK RESPONSE GRANTS- to support innovative responses to community needs, either as a whole or target groups (children, youth, seniors, persons with a disability, culturally or linguistically diverse). Grants of up to $500 are intended to assist the delivery of urgent projects or to assist in the delivery of programs/events for which short term opportunity/need has arisen. Applications will be assessed against the assessment criteria and within six weeks of receipt of the application.

Ranger News

Prohibited Burning Period

The Shire of Northam advises that it is extending the PROHIBITED BURNING PERIOD toSaturday 21st March 2015, subject to further reviewBurning permits will be required after this date to 13th April 2015.

Prohibited Burning Period


Don't feed the swans and ducks

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