Community Development News

The Shire’s Community Tourism Economic Development Officers work collaboratively with residents, local businesses and not for profit organisations, community and sporting groups and other interested individuals throughout the Shire of Kondinin to assist in the implementation of projects and initiatives that serve to strengthen, support and empower our community.

The Shire’s  Community Tourism Economic Development Officers prepare grant applications and acquittals for Council and if required can assist community organisations under the auspice of Council in this process. The Shire’s aim is for the community and Council to work together to improve the range of community facilities, services and infrastructure which are necessary to deliver both quality of lifestyles and new opportunities for employment and growth.

Community development initiatives provide the community with:

  • opportunities for participation/interaction;
  • opportunities to be involved in local decision making;
  • the capacity for collective action to achieve the development of new projects, activities, events and other opportunities;
  • access to information and knowledge;
  • opportunities for collaboration to achieve common goals; and
  • shared community pride

Some areas of involvement include:, Sporting and Community Infrastructure; Tourism; Community Events, Young People and Families, Arts and Culture, Community Funding, Aged Care and Seniors.

Sporting and Community Infrastructure

Support projects that deliver upgraded sporting and community infrastructure. Recent and current projects include: new lighting at Hyden Tennis Courts; new lighting at Hyden Hockey Field; upgrade of Hyden Sports Centre; new Kondinin Swimming Pool, Kondinin Pioneer Wall, conversion of former Swimming Pool to Kondinin Community Garden; new infrastructure around Wave Rock; and upgrades to the Kondinin Sport and Recreation Centre.


Promote Tourism in the Shire and throughout the region in partnership with surrounding Shires that form Roe Tourism.

Community Events

Work with community groups, schools, Hyden and Kondinin Community Resource Centres and local community groups to hold a range of community events. Recent and regular events include the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Yeerakine Rock and the Kondinin Community Garden Twilight Markets held in October in conjunction with the Kondinin Arts Show.

Young People and Families

Work with community groups, schools, Hyden and Kondinin Community Resource Centres and local community groups to hold a range of community events that are relevant and of interest to young people and their families. Recent and regular events include the Noongar Sports Day, Archery, Movie Screenings, Skateboard Workshops and Tae kwon Do. The Shire also administers Kidsport.

Arts and Culture

Work closely with the Kondinin Artists’ Group to engage artists to run community based arts projects. Recent projects include mural painting at the Kondinin Community Garden, Metal Sculpture Workshop at Kondinin Men’s Shed and the painting of Noongar Six Seasons at the Kondinin Community Garden.

Community Funding

Each year the Shire’s Community Tourism Economic Development Officers administer the Shire’s Community Grants Program which provides funding to community groups for projects that will provide tangible benefits to the local community. Rounds general open in March/April each year.

Aged Care and Seniors

Support local aged care organisations such as the West Court Committee and Kondinin Kulin Aged Care to assist in delivering a high standard of living for local seniors. Work with the Kondinin Hospital and the Kondinin and Hyden Community Resource Centre to provide social outlets and activities for seniors. The Shire and the Kondinin Kulin Aged Care through funding from the National Stronger Region Fund are currently undertaking an extension to Yeerakine Lodge scheduled to be completed by May 2018.

More Information and Community Tourism Economic Development Officers

Creating Aged Friendly Communities

Earlier in the year the Shire was fortunate to receive funding from the Wheatbelt Development Commission’s ‘Creating Aged Friendly Grant’ which we were able to use to construct a new footpath connecting West Court Retirement Village to Kondinin Hospital, Medical Centre and Yeerakine Lodge. A new pathway has also been constructed extending from West Court Retirement Village to Graham Street and one is currently being completed to extend from Graham Street to the Country Club. We were also able to purchase a few extra outdoor seats for our public places.

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