News & Media Releases

NAIDOC Week Makuru Festival & Exhibition

Published on 23 June 2017

As part of the 2017 NAIDOC Week celebrations the Shire of Kalamunda is delighted to showcase the Makuru Arts Festival and the colourful Makuru exhibition at the Zig Zag Gallery. Makuru Festival Director Ms Della Rae Morrison said, “Our languages are not just about communication but express knowledge about everything in our lives including our laws and history, caring for country, family and relationships, our health and much more.”


Gavour Road site receives Minister’s approval for Aged Care

Published on 16 June 2017

The Shire of Kalamunda was advised this week that Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands Rita Saffioti has approved the long awaited Local Planning Scheme Amendment 57, to allow for an integrated aged care facility to be built at Lot 500 Gavour Road in Wattle Grove.

High Wycombe Recreation Centre to become 24/7 Gym

Published on 15 June 2017

The High Wycombe Community and Recreation Centre is set to become a 24/7 gym following a decision by Council at the May Ordinary Council Meeting. Shire President Andrew Waddell said, “Providing 24/7 access will give current and potential new members more flexibility on when they wish to exercise.”

24/7 Gym coming soon

Pest (Fox) program

Published on 15 June 2017

The Shire will be undertaking fox trapping and den destruction in several reserves over the following month. The fox program will be conducted over 7 - 14 days at Maida Vale Reserve, Ledger Rd Reserve, Panoramic Terrace Kalamunda, Ray Owen Reserve and Reid Oval. This will involve fox trapping and fumigation and destruction of any active fox dens at each reserve. Owners are reminded to keep dogs on lead and cats should not be allowed to roam in the reserves.

Fox Baiting & Fumigation

Legal Parking and Access for Everyone

Published on 26 May 2017

The Shire of Kalamunda reminds residents to observe all parking restrictions and keep driveways and footpaths clear of obstacles to ensure they do not disadvantage community members who require ease of access. CEO Rhonda Hardy said, “Please consider others when parking your car.”

Fabulous Foothills Workshop

Published on 11 May 2017

Would you like to find out more about the good old days in the foothills? Please join us at the at the Forrestfield Library on Thursday 25 May 2017 for the Fabulous Foothills workshop from 2:00pm to 3:30pm as members of the Kalamunda and Districts Historical Society take us on a journey through history.

Community Planting Day Coming Near You

Published on 10 May 2017

Get involved in restoring your local bushland at one of our community planting days in Maida Vale or Gooseberry Hill during May 2017. Shire of Kalamunda Environmental Friends Groups invite community members to come and get their hands dirty and have some down-to-earth fun to help enhance local reserves.

Friends group

Go Native with Free Plants

Published on 10 May 2017

Planting native species is a great way to help preserve the environment while also saving water, and the Shire of Kalamunda encourages residents to make the most of this year’s free Plants for Residents Program. Held each winter, the Shire gives away free native seedlings to all residents. This year there will be two events for residents to choose from to collect free plants.

Plants for Residents Program

Shire President Message: History Village

Published on 10 May 2017

One of our most loved historical artefacts, the Kalamunda History Village locomotive, has stood since October last year, shrink wrapped, following an asbestos finding.

Cr Simon Di Rosso resigns

Published on 5 May 2017

Councillor Simon Di Rosso has resigned from the Shire of Kalamunda Council. In accordance with the Local Government Act 1995, Council has requested approval from the WA Electoral Commissioner to postpone an election for the vacancy in the North Ward following his resignation, until the ordinary Election Day of 21 October 2017.

Shire Wins National Youth Award

Published on 2 May 2017

The Shire of Kalamunda has picked up a national award for its innovative youth engagement projects. Winners of the 2017 National Awards for Local Government were announced today, with the Shire’s Youth Employment project taking out the category for ‘Youth Economic Participation’.

Activities Awarded - Careers Expo and a Young Creative Entrepreneurs

Drain to become a Living Stream

Published on 19 April 2017

The Shire of Kalamunda has developed a concept plan to turn the drain along the Woodlupine Brook into a living stream. The concept plan relates to the section of Woodlupine Brook from Hardey Road East, through to Lenihan Corner in Wattle Grove.

Concept Plan - Woodlupine Brook Living Stream

Comment open for new draft community vision and plan

Published on 13 April 2017

The Shire of Kalamunda Council is calling on the community have their say on the new Draft Strategic Community Plan to 2027.

Plan the Future

Makuru: Call Out for Artists

Published on 11 April 2017

Theme for this exhibition is ‘Makuru”. There is no entry fee. All pieces must be for sale. Registrations due by close of business 2 June 2017. The Exhibition will be open to the public from Friday 30 June to Sunday 9 July 2017


Valerie McDonald Retrospective

Published on 6 April 2017

A much loved award-winning Perth Hills artist, mother of four and friend to many, Valerie McDonald has left behind a bold, inspiring and colourful legacy, reflected in the moving exhibition “Valerie McDonald Retrospective 1933−2016” opening at the at the Zig Zag Gallery on Sunday 15 April 2017 at 2:00pm.

Valerie McDonald Exhibition

Shire to transfer community care services

Published on 29 March 2017

Shire of Kalamunda Community Care recipients will now have a choice of service provider, following a decision by Council to transition its Home and Community Care (HACC) program to Rise Network and its Community Visitor Scheme (CVS) program to People Who Care, from 1 July 2017.

Shire President Message: State Government Elections

Published on 29 March 2017

I am sure you haven’t missed the fact that there has been a change of government. In fact within the boundaries of the Shire of Kalamunda, all of our local members have changed

Go Bling in Bike Week!

Published on 16 March 2017

With Bike Week just around the corner come and join in the Shire of Kalamunda celebrations on Sunday 19 March 2017 at Fleming Reserve in High Wycombe from 9am to 11am.

Bike Week 2017

Multicultural Fun at Corymbia

Published on 15 March 2017

The multi-award winning Dreamtime soul duo The Merindas won hearts at this year’s Corymbia Multicultural Festival with over 5,000 people attending through the day.

Corymbia Festival 2017

Cyclists Cautioned in the Kalamunda

Published on 15 March 2017

As we celebrate Bike Week, the Shire of Kalamunda would like to remind cyclists to follow the road rules when riding recreationally, or training for an event, on Shire roads.


“Out of the Bush”

Published on 14 March 2017

The Lesmurdie Arts & Crafts Group invite you to celebrate their 49th Annual Exhibition and Sale, returning to the first weekend of May. Showcasing the members’ creativity and recent works by several guest artists, join us Saturday and Sunday 6-7 May 2017 from 10am to 4pm at the Kalamunda Agricultural Hall.

Lesmurdie Arts & Crafts Group: Brian Aylward

Bees & Beekeeping

Published on 1 March 2017

Are you interested in bees and how they make honey? Would you like to make your own simple beehive or start to professionally keep bees? The Lesmurdie Library is hosting a free informative and practical demonstration “All About Bees & Beekeeping” by apiarist Michael Adams, on Tuesday 7 March 2017.

Bees & Beekeeping

It’s Opera Not Oprah!

Published on 1 March 2017

WA Opera will take you on a global trip into the fascinating world of opera and its dazzling stories, in true Oprah style, on Tuesday 14 March 2017 at the High Wycombe Library. “It’s Opera not Oprah!” will be proudly presented by the West Australian Opera, as a part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.

It's Opera Not Oprah!

City Status Request to Proceed

Published on 28 February 2017

The Shire of Kalamunda is moving forward with plans to accurately reflect its population size following Council endorsement of a report at last night’s February Ordinary Council Meeting.

The Merindas Headline Corymbia

Published on 22 February 2017

Multi award winning duo ‘The Merindas’, featuringCandice Lorrae and Kristel Kickett, will headline this year’s Corymbia Festival on Saturday 11 March from 2:00pm – 8:00pm at Hartfield Park in Forrestfield.


The Legends of Memphis Come Alive!

Published on 22 February 2017

Elvis Presley. Roy Orbison. Johnny Cash. Jerry Lee Lewis - The legends of rock ’n’ roll come alive for a night of entertainment to remember when acclaimed band Sun Rising takes to the Kalamunda stage on Sunday 12 March. ‘The Songs That Made Memphis’ will pay tribute to the legends of Sun Records!

Legends of Mephis! 12 March 2017 @ KPAC

Bibbulmun Track Link Project Launched

Published on 22 February 2017

The Shire of Kalamunda officially launched the Bibbulmun Track Northern Terminus Link project on Sunday 19 February 2017, with a Welcome to Country and traditional smoking ceremony conducted by Olman Walley. Olman noted the importance of the Bibbulmun Track, advising that it crosses through 14 of the clan groups in the South West region.

Bibbulmun Track Link Project Launched

In The Mix set to be a Hit!

Published on 21 February 2017

The annual Shire of Kalamunda youth music program In the Mix is shaping up to be a big hit, with talented local musicians getting ready to perform in the finale concert at Corymbia Festival on Saturday 11 March 2017.

In the Mix!

Shire President Message: Change is constant

Published on 20 February 2017

Change is inevitable, change is constant. In my lifetime, we have seen incredible technological growth profoundly impacting our everyday lives.

FYI is Back in 2017!

Published on 6 February 2017

The holidays are wrapping up, school is heading back and the FYI Youth Drop In Program is getting ready to kick off again on Thursday 9 February 2017.

Shire President Message: City Status

Published on 23 January 2017

It is a little known fact that of the 139 local governments in Western Australia, the Kalamunda Shire is the 13th largest.

Opportunity knocks for business owners

Published on 11 January 2017

The Shire of Kalamunda is calling for business owners to have their say and assist in developing an Economic Development Strategy. AEC Group has been engaged as the Consultant to develop an Economic Development Strategy to guide the direction of economic development in the area over the next five years (2017 – 2022) through an action plan.

Council requests to become a city

Published on 7 December 2016

The Shire of Kalamunda Council has requested the Minister for Local Government and Communities, to issue an order under the Local Government Act 1995 for a change of designation from Shire to City.

Shire CEO re-enforces swimming pool safety message

Published on 7 December 2016

As the weather begins to warm up the Shire of Kalamunda strongly encourages all residents who own a swimming pool or spa to ensure enclosures are compliant with swimming pool safety standards.Playing in and around water is so much fun — but it’s important to learn about water safety and follow the rules so we can stay safe and enjoy the water for hours.

Swimming Pool

Western Australian Young Achiever Awards - Nominations are now open!

Published on 30 November 2016

Nominations are now open for the 2016-17 Western Australian Young Achiever Awards! The purpose of the Western Australian Young Achiever Awards is to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age as of 31st December 2016.


Shire to transfer NDIS services to Rise

Published on 29 November 2016

Shire of Kalamunda Council last night decided to transfer its services for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supported Community Care recipients to the Rise Network. The decision supports a belief an organisation like Rise, with core business operations focused around disability services, would provide better outcomes for Shire NDIS recipients. The decision comes after Rise presented the Shire with a proposal for consideration.

Rise Community Network

Look out for snakes

Published on 23 November 2016

As the weather heats up the Shire of Kalamunda is reminding people to be alert for snakes. If you encounter a snake, which are a natural part of our environment, you can report it and have it relocated. Shire of Kalamunda officers are not authorised to handle snakes. To report a snake that requires relocation, you can call the Department of Parks and Wildlife Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.

Top: Dugite Bottom: Tiger

A new parklet is being installed

Published on 17 November 2016

The Shire of Kalamunda is pleased to announce the installation of a parklet on Haynes Street in the Kalamunda town centre. The parklet will be open for all to enjoy in mid December.


Sun Orchid sighting sparks conservation effort

Published on 16 November 2016

The Shire of Kalamunda, Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and the WA Orchid Society are calling for anyone who has seen the Crystal Brook Sun Orchid (Themylitra magnifica) to contact the Shire so local efforts to map and conserve the threatened native orchid can be actioned.

Sun Orchid

New soccer stadium announced

Published on 16 November 2016

The Shire of Kalamunda will be home to a brand new 400 seat soccer stadium valued at close to $700,000 as a part of the Hartfield Park Redevelopment.

Hartfield Redevelopment

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