Local Government Ordinary Election Close of Enrolments

ROLL CLOSE: 5:00 PM Friday, 30 August 2019

You may be eligible to be enrolled to vote in the local government elections on 19 October 2019 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, 30 August 2019. 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, 30 August 2019.

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, 30 August 2019. Further information can be obtained from the Shire of Northam.

Local Government Elections Close of Roll

The Shire of Northam would like to advise that eligibility to enrol to vote in the Local Government Elections held on 19 October 2019, closes at 5pm Friday 30 August 2019. Enrolments after this time and date will not be accepted.

While election day will be Saturday 19 October 2019, rolls for these elections will close at 5.00pm Friday 30 August. The election will be held by postal vote.

Eligibility to Enrol

All residents in a local government district who are enrolled on the State Electoral Roll are automatically enrolled on the corresponding local government roll. To be enrolled you must be:

  • aged 18 years and over
  • an Australian citizens (or a British subject who was on the Roll between 26 October 1983 and 25 January 1984) and
  • have lived at their current address for at least one month. 

Electors who are aged 17 years can enrol provisionally. They can only vote when they reach 18 years of age. To enrol for the first time or get back on the roll, you can enrol online at Please include current email address and a mobile phone number so we can contact you about your enrolment and advise you about electoral events or collect an enrolment form from the post office.

You will need a driver’s licence or passport number to confirm your identity. If you do not have a driver’s licence or passport number available, you can have a witness confirm your identity. A witness is any enrolled elector.

Roll closes 5pm 30 August 2019.

Road Closure – Gordon Place

Please be advised that Gordon Place will be closed on the following dates and times to allow for pedestrian access to Gordon Place:

  • 3:00pm on Friday, 9th August 2019 to 7:00am on Monday 12th August 2019
  • 3:00pm on Friday, 16th August 2019 to 7:00am on Monday 19th August 2019
  • 3:00pm on Friday, 23rd August 2019 to 7:00am on Monday 26th August 2019
  • 3:00pm on Friday, 30th August 2019 to 7:00am on Monday 2nd September 2019
  • 3:00pm on Friday, 6th September 2019 to 7:00am on Monday 9th September 2019
  • 3:00pm on Friday, 13th September 2019 to 7:00am on Monday 16th September 2019
  • 3:00pm on Friday, 20th September 2019 to 7:00am on Monday 23rd September 2019
  • 3:00pm on Thursday, 26th September 2019 to 7:00am on Monday 30th September 2019

There will be no access for traffic during this period. A map detailing the road closure is available here.

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

Notice of Intention to Levy Differential Rates 2019/20

The Shire of Northam hereby gives notice in accordance with section 6.36 of the Local Government Act 1995, of its intention to levy differential rates and minimum rates for the 2019/20 financial year, including a rate on all Northam Town and Avon Industrial Park properties with a predominant land use, in accordance with Shire of Northam Local Planning Scheme Number 6 of commercial, industrial, community purposes to raise an amount of $127,000 to fund the Northam Chamber of Commerce for the purpose of promoting Northam Businesses, for the 2019/20 financial year. Details of the various rate categories are available for public inspection at the Shire’s Administration Office and are as follows:

Gross Rental Value Area:



01 General Rate – General Residential

02 General Rate – Townsites Commercial, Industrial, Community 10.8522
Unimproved Value Area:
05 Agricultural Local 0.6189
06 Agricultural Regional 0.5099
07 Rural Small Holdings  0.8372
Minimum Rates: $
01 General Rate – General Residential 944.00
02 General Rate – Townsites Commercial, Industrial, Community 944.00
05 Agricultural Local  944.00
06 Agricultural Regional 874.00
07 Rural Small Holdings    944.00

A statement of objectives and reasons for adopting the above rates is available for inspection at the Shire's Administration Office. If you require additional information, please contact Council’s Executive Manager Corporate Services, Mr Colin Young during office hours on 08 9622 6100. Landowners are invited to make written submissions to Council’s proposed differential rates until 3.00 pm on Wednesday, 21st August 2019 and are to be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Northam, PO Box 613, Northam WA 6401.

Proposal to Dispose of Property

The Shire of Northam intends to lease site 22 at the Northam Airport, 105 Withers Street, Northam.

The market valuation of $22,000 was completed 30 July 2019. The land will be leased for the consideration of $679.79 with a 50% share to Dunning’s and 50% share to Windward Ballooning for a period of 10 years. The land is to be used solely for the purposes of refuelling aircraft and balloons at the Northam Airport.

Members of the public are invited to make submissions in relation to the proposal. Submissions should be made to The Shire of Northam PO Box 613 Northam WA 6401 and be received by no later than 4pm 29 August 2019.

Ministerial Approval - Ammendment No.8, Shire of Northam Local Planning Scheme No. 6

It is hereby notified for public information in accordance with section 87 of the Planning and Development Act 2005 that the Minister for Planning approved the Shire of Northam Local Planning Scheme amendment on 1 July 2019 for the purpose of –

  1. Inserting the following land use definitions into Schedule 1, Clause 2:

Repurposed dwelling – a building or structure not previously used as a single house, which has been repurposed for use as a dwelling.

Second-hand dwelling – a dwelling that has been in a different location, and has been dismantled and transported to another location, but does not include a new modular or transportable dwelling.

  1. Inserting the land uses ‘repurposed dwelling’ and ‘second-hand dwelling’ into Table 1 as follows:













Repurposed Dwelling












Second-hand Dwelling











  1. Insert the following clause at Clause 4.32:

4.32.2   The placement of a repurposed or second-hand dwelling shall not be permitted on any lot within the Scheme area unless:

  • in the opinion of the local government such a dwelling is in satisfactory condition and an acceptable standard of presentation, and will not detrimentally affect the amenity of the area; or
  • an applicant enters into an agreement to the satisfaction of the local government to reinstate the dwelling to a satisfactory condition and an acceptable standard of presentation, as determined by the local government, within 24 months of issue of the building permit.
  1. Amend the title of clause 4.32 to: Repurposed and second hand dwelling and buildings.
  2. Delete the definition of transportable structure/dwelling from Schedule 1.

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.