Public Notice

The Shire of Northam and Mundaring are issuing advice to people within the area bounded by the Great Eastern Highway, Inkpen Road and Great Southern Highway in parts of the Lakes, Copley, Wootatting and Wooroloo in the Shires of Northam and Mundaring.

  • There is a lot of smoke in the area.
  • Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.
  • There is significant smoke across the Wooroloo town site and prison, Acacia Prison, Lakes Roadhouse and El Caballo Roadhouse.

There is an increased risk of respiratory irritant symptoms for people in this area.

What To Do

  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
  • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

If Driving

  • Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
  • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
  • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
  • If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.
  • If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

Air quality monitoring is being conducted on an ongoing basis to monitor particulate levels within the smoke, it is important to note that this smoke is the result of the combustion of organic materials and the current advice from Chem Centre & the Dept. Water & Environment Regulation is that no dangerous or hazardous material has been detected within the smoke. A disposable P2 mask is recommended PPE for all unavoidable activities within the smoke.

Bridge Maintenance Works - Yilgarn Ave, Northam

 Please be advised that Bridge 0613 on Yilgarn Avenue in Northam will be undergoing structural maintenance from 12th April 2019 for approximately 2 weeks.

There will be some disruption to traffic during this time.  Please observe traffic management onsite.

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

Improvement Works - Gordon Place, Northam

 Please be advised that Gordon Place, between Fitzgerald Street and Minson Avenue, in Northam will be undergoing improvement works from 29th April 2019 for approximately 2 weeks.

There will be no access to through traffic during this time.  Please observe traffic management onsite.

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

Most Accessible Community In Western Australia (Macwa)

The Regional Capitals Alliance WA (RCAWA) is proud to sponsor the West Australian community awards for the Most Accessible Community in WA. These awards are for the Local Governments who best demonstrate their awareness of creating a universal-access environment.

The Judging Panel will consider the following criteria:

  •  Improve the accessibility of Council infrastructure and public open space;
  • Inclusive communication technology and information initiatives;
  • Accessible and inclusive Council services, programs and events;
  • Exercises leadership and influences community attitudes and perceptions.

Nominations considered under the categories of:

  • Metro Council
  • Regional City
  • Regional Shire/Town

Photographs and/or other evidence of your initiative as well as testimonials from people with a disability, their carers and family are encouraged.

Initiatives that go above and beyond the statutory obligations (Disability Access and Inclusion Plans, Business Council of Australia etc.) will be highly regarded. 

Nomination forms can be found HERE
Or contact: Jane Lewis 0419322779 or

Nominations close on the 1st of July 2019.

These awards will be presented at the WALGA AGM on Wednesday 7 August 2019 commencing at 1:30pm at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Northam To Host World Ballooning Championships

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.

Road Resurfacing Works Program

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

Spencers Brook Road, Muresk - In progress

Spencers Brook Road, Clackline - In Progress

East Street, Northam - Complete

Byfield Street, Northam - In Progress

Wellington Street, Northam - In progress

Glass Avenue, Northam - In Progress

Charles Street, Northam - In Progress

Balga Tce, Wundowie - In Progress

Jennapulin Road, Southern Brook - Complete

Coates Road, Wundowie - In Progress

Fitzgerald Street, Northam - Complete

Gordon Street, Northam - In Progress

Selby Street, Northam - In Progress

Mudalla Way, Northam - Complete

Irishtown Road, Northam - In Progress

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