Community and Recreation News

Leschenault Recreation Park Master Plan


The Shire of Harvey is committed to providing services, infrastructure and facilities to meet community needs.

We are developing a Master Plan for the Leschenault Recreation Plan and is seeking community input. The Master Plan will identify areas and opportunities for improvement to accommodate a range of sporting, recreation and community uses into the future.

The opportunity for you to have your say is now open.

Please click the link below to have your say:

Hard copies of the survey are available at the Leschenault Leisure Centre and the Australind Library.

The survey closes on 26th November 2018.

For enquiries please contact:

Patrick Quinlivan, Manager Community and Economic Development – 9729 0300 or

Darren Monument, ABV Leisure Consultancy Services – 0421 366 366

Australind Skate Park Upgrade Skateboarding Event

Despite the uncertain weather, over 50 skateboarding enthusiasts came to the Australind Skate Park for free Skateboarding Clinics run by Skateboarding WA, funded by the Shire of Harvey Community Safety and Crime Prevention program.

The event was opened by Shire President, Cr. Tania Jackson who welcomed Robyn Clarke MLA, Member for Murray-Wellington, who through the State Government “Local Projects, Local Jobs” program, provided $100,000 for the Australind Skate Park upgrade. The program encourages the employment of local companies and employees and due to the diversity of the project, eight local businesses were engaged and 27 local people employed.

The Lions Club of Australind cooked up a tasty sausage sizzle, kindly sponsored by Robyn Clarke.

Additional funds for the upgrade have been received from Alcoa Community Partnership. As a result of this funding the Shire has added a small BMX track, a pergola, new pathways, fencing and eco planting.

Skateboarding WA provided boards, helments and protective wear for new skateboarders and all participants had a great experience.

Banners in the Terrace 2018

WA Local Government Association’s annual exhibition of banners along St Georges and Adelaide Terraces in Perth allows Local Governments throughout Western Australia to promote their towns and communities to thousands of people travelling along the Terrace each day. The Shire of Harvey has entered Banners in the Terrace for many years. Each year different community groups are offered the opportunity to submit their art work to be considered for the banner which will represent the Shire of Harvey.

The Shire of Harvey Banner will be flying in the Terrace from July 22nd to July 28th 2018. The winners for the City of Perth Banners in the Terrace Competition will be announced during the 2018 WA Local Government Conference in the first week of August 2018.

Banners in the Terrace Awards 2018 – ‘Ready and Relevant’.

This year the Shire of Harvey had a “Banners in the Terrace” competition open to community artists within the Shire. Judging was held on the 3rd of May and the winning banner was painted by Harvey artist Yvonne Chapman and the runners up were Yarloop Primary School and Elena Castro of Australind.

Shire President, Cr Tania Jackson awarded the prizes on Wednesday 16th May at the Harvey Art Gallery.  The winners was awarded a cheque of $500 and the runners up each won $50.

Thanks go to the  Harvey Art Society and Gallery Committee who set up the Gallery and supplied morning tea.


Disability Access and Inclusion Awareness Program for High Schools

To raise awareness for people with a disability the Shire of Harvey hosted two wheelchair workshops for High School Students at the Leschenault Leisure Centre and the Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre on Tuesday 5th December.

Amber Merrit, who is a Paralympic Silver Medalist for Basketball, facilitated fun and action-packed workshops for students of Australind High School and Harvey Senior High School. The students not only had a great time but learnt hands on what it was like to be confined to a wheel chair.  There were a multitude of questions asked and the students found stories of the Olympic Village and all the injuries Amber has sustained through training fascinating.


   Industry Road Safety Alliance South West Calendar Competion

The Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA – Member for Midland, and Minister for Police and Road Safety, and the Hon. Mick Murray, Member for Collie-Preston, were in the Shire of Collie on Tuesday 5th December for the Industry Road Safety Alliance South West’s Christmas Road Safety Launch. WALGA RoadWise‘s Road Ribbons for Road Safety campaign was also launched for the Alliance’s region. The excited winners of our Road Safety 2018 Calendar competition were announced and congratulated by the Ministers on their artwork that is helping to keep road safety on the daily agenda. Leanne Potgeiter of Harvey was one of the winners and her artwork can be seen for the month of October.

Harvey Play Expo 2017

This event was proudly supported by Shire of Harvey, WA Country Health Service, Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre, Harvey Library, Playgroup WA, Harvey Occasional Child Care Centre, Alcoa, and Harvey FreshIn celebration of Children’s Week,  the Harvey Early Years Network organised the Harvey Play Expo.

This was an interactive event for children aged 0-5 years and their parents/carers/families hosted and coordinated by WA Country Health in partnership with the Shire of Harvey, Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre, the Shire of Harvey Library, Playgroup WA and Harvey Occasional Childcare Centre.

One hundred and sixty five young children with their parents attended the Play Expo. This year’s theme was music, movement and dance with local and indigenous performing artist David Dan playing the didgeridoo and teaching children the Aboriginal names for native animals. Bianca Panetta Dance took the children through some groovy moves and Lenny and Tuesday taught them a Filipino candle dance. Izzy Lizard from Road Safe popped in to join the fun and Kat kept everyone bopping with bubbles and kindy gym. A healthy morning tea was supplied by the Harvey Occasional Child Care Centre. Guest speaker, Tracey Blaszkow from Kidsafe WA talked to the parents about it being OK for kids to take a risk and at the same time the toddlers   entertained by Miss Emma.

The objective of the Play Expo was to inform families- parents, parents to be, carers and grandparents of 0-6 year olds about the benefits of physical activity and the local support that is available. Many agencies and services had booths for parents to make contact, ask questions, and find out information, with fun activities for the children at each booth. Each family left with an Expo bag full of information on services and schools and the toddlers all received a bell bracelet.


David Dan with his Didgeridoos

Australind Skate Park

Photos: Shaun Jarvis Freestyle Now