What's Happening in our Shire?


Gourmet in the Garden with a Balinese Twist 2023 was an amazing success! Sophie Budd returned to cook for 120 guests this year.

We were lucky to welcome back Mint Events Collective (Simone Lockyer) and her beautiful caravan bar and the amazing singer Sunny Day who kept us entertained with her music.

The garden looked great and this was down to a massive volunteer effort from community members in the lead up to the night.

Thank you to all the people who helped in the kitchen during the day, all those who came to help set up the marquee and the festoon lights, and all the staff at the Shire who helped in so many ways.


Works have commenced with the re-surfacing of the Hyden Tennis Courts and Hotshots / Bumper Board courts and associated drainage works, with the Hyden community undertaking a busy bee on the 9th of March 2023 to remove the old surface. It was all hands on deck and was completed quicker than expected due to all the helpers and coordination of those involved. Drainage works commenced during the week beginning the 13th of March 2023 to be followed up with a new bumper board and lastly the laying of the new surface anticipated to be undertaken in May 2023. The removal of some of the trees on the northern and eastern sides of the tennis courts is scheduled to be undertaken this week.

This project has been made possible through the dedication and commitment of the Hyden Tennis Club who have been the main driver behind this project and have committed 1/3 of the total cost of works. The Shire of Kondinin were successful in receiving 1/6 of the cost of works ($44, 169) being the maximum that could be received for re-surfacing through the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund with the remainder of the cost of the project being covered by the Shire.

A big thank you to all the helpers at the busy bee.

Don't mess with the Dummies

Dummies Corp are the Australian circus-comedy specialists, recognised for creations of quality that are intelligent, theatrical, inventive and resonate across generations.

Their productions transcend language barriers and their unique brand of dum and delightful has created treasured experiences for audiences across the globe.

Don’t Mess with the Dummies performed in Hyden on Friday the 24th February which was a fun family filled night.

Thank you everyone for attending.

JW West building

Works are well underway with the new mural on the western wall of the JW West Building now owned by the Shire of Kondinin. The new mural depicts the shops that once operated from this building and has been painted in the Trompe-L’oiel style which creates a highly realistic optical illusion of a three-dimensional space and objects on a two-dimensional surface.

The works are being undertaken by Graeme Miles Richards who is an International Mural Artist based in Perth who has made Kondinin home these last few weeks immersing himself in the community and attending the Gourmet in the Garden last week with a few friends from Perth. Feel free to drop in and have a chat to Graeme whilst he works. This project has been made possible through grant funding received from the RAC and the Kondinin Community Recreation Council.


In January 2023 works commenced upgrading the Hyden Swimming Pool Change Rooms comprising a new roof over the existing building structure and a new internal fit-out to the change rooms. The change rooms have been gutted. Plumbing and works to the roof commenced. Works are on track to be completed by April / May 2023. This project is being funded by the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Phase 3 Grant funding through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts.

With the building being rendered and new signage being prepared, the Council resolved at its Ordinary Meeting on the 15th of March 2023 to seek community feedback on the proposal to rename the Hyden Swimming Pool from ‘Hyden and Districts Swimming Pool’ to ‘Hyden Aquatic Centre’. Should you wish to provide comment on the proposed name change please complete the survey on the Shire’s website www.kondinin.wa.gov.au or by contacting or visiting the Shire Office or Swimming Pool in Hyden or by emailing hylib@kondinin.wa.gov.au for a survey.

Yeerakine Rock mural

The Yeerakine Rock Mural has been a project that the Kondinin Community Recreation Council has worked on, together with the Kondinin Artists' Group and the Shire of Kondinin

The mural depicts one of the many brave men who had to leave their wives and children behind during the disastrous drought of 1914, leaving early farming progress and communities in ruin.

The mural is created by artist Shakey.

Yeerakine Rock Mural

Anzac Memorial mural

The Kondinin Community Recreation Council and Kondinin Artists' Group recently commissioned the very talented Shakey to paint the mural in the Kondinin Memorial Garden.

The mural honours Minnie Ivy Hodgson and the nurses who lost their lives at Radji beach. The mural will compliment planned upgrades to this area.

Anzac Memorial garden

After community consultation the Shire of Kondinin have now upgraded the memorial hall garden.

As can been seen by the photos, it is much more user-friendly area. Linking the hall with the public toilets and seating area for people to reflect on the mural.

Kondinin Blue Light Disco

On the 3rd of February 2023, the Kondinin Blue Light Unit and the Shire of Kondinin held a back-to-school disco at the Kondinin Aquatic Centre.

This event was a great night with a total of 40 children and a special visit from Constable Care.

Huge thank you to local Police Officers. We are excited for many more Blue Light Unit events to come in the future.