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Freedom of Information Statement

The Shire of Williams is required to publish annually a Freedom of Information Statement, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1992, Part 5, Section 94. 

            The Information Statement must describe: 

  • the agency’s structure and functions;
  • how the agency’s functions affect the public;
  • how the public may participate in agency policy development;
  • the kinds of documents the agency holds: and
  • how members of the public may access and amend agency documents.           

This document is current as at the 30th June 2017.

You can find the statement via 'Your Council', then 'Freedom of Information' or by clicking here

Public Notice


An application for redevelopment of the Caltex Service Station site was approved by a Development Assessment Panel (‘DAP’) on the 24 February 2017.  

The applicant has lodged a DAP Form 2 Application for Amendment of the Development Assessment Panel determination.

Plans and reports lodged as part of the application are available for viewing at the Shire of Williams office, 9 Brooking Street, Williams or

Written submissions should be lodged to the Shire of Williams, PO Box 96, Williams WA 6391 by Thursday, 20 July 2017. 

Please note that the Development Assessment Panel will only consider the proposed changes to the application. 

Cara Ryan, Acting Chief Executive Officer

Public Notice - Town Planning Scheme No 2


Notice is hereby given that the Shire of Williams considered a proposed outbuilding policy at their ordinary meeting held on 21 June 2017. 

The proposed policy indicates the maximum allowable size of outbuildings within residential coded land in the Shire of Williams.   

The proposed policy document is available for inspection at the Shire of Williams Council offices, 9 Brooking Street, Williams during office hours up to and including 5.00pm 4 August 2017 or by clicking here.

Submissions on the policy may be made in writing and sent to the Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Williams, PO Box 96, Williams WA 6391. Submissions should be lodged on or before 4 August 2017. 

This proposal is being advertised in order to provide an opportunity for public comment. 


Citizenship Ceremony

Long time resident Merana Lewis became an Australian citizen on the 17th of May 2017.
Merana attended the May Council meeting, with a short ceremony conducted by Shire President John Cowcher.

Congratulations on this important milestone!

Shire of Williams DRAFT Strategic Community Plan 2017-2032

The Shire has completed the DRAFT Strategic Community Plan and is now seeking feedback from the community on the document. A copy has been made available to those who attended the Community Workshops in early March. Hard copy versions are available at the Shire office, so if you require a printed version please contact the office. Alternatively, refer to link below for electronic version:


The Shire welcomes feedback from the community on the Draft Plan with comments to be provided to the office by COB Friday 12th May 2017.

Feedback can be provided in writing to: shire@williams.wa.gov.au or by post to PO Box 96 Williams or at the Shire offices at 9 Brooking Street Williams.

Appreciation is extended to all community members who attended the workshops and provided invaluable feedback on future strategies. We believe we have captured the community's aspirations and have reflected those in our desired outcomes. The Shire will continue to work collaboratively as a local government with the community, local businesses and other key stakeholders to deliver on these outcomes using the strategies identified in the Plan.

Jam Tree Lane Units Officially Opened

The Shire of Williams was proud to host an official opening on Friday 24th February of the 7 independent living aged units and public open space. Around 30 invited guests and community members attended the function held in the public open space. Local MP ‘Tuck’ Waldron had the official duties, together with the Shire President, John Cowcher. The Shire secured a total of $2.1m of Royalties for Regions funding to deliver this project for the community of Williams, especially focused on retaining the older members of our community for as long as possible, in purpose built, dedicated homes. 

 Opening of Jam Tree Lane UnitsWilliams CEO Geoff McKeown, EDO Heidi Cowcher, former CEO Ryan Duff and Shire President John Cowcher

Aged Housing Project

The Shire of Williams was featured in a short promotional video for the Department of Regional Development on the funding that was secured from the Royalties for Regions Growing our South funding. The project is the independent living housing project that has seen the construction of 7 units in Williams (50 across the project area of 7 local governments - all managed by the Shire of Williams and totaling over $18m investment over the last 7 years). Special thanks to the Williams local residents who agreed to be filmed as part of it.


New Emergency WA Website - Are you Bushfire Ready?

The website launched on 23 October 2016 is a one-stop-shop for emergency information providing:

  • critical community warnings about a range of emergencies, including real-time data – as soon as a triple zero call comes in
  • easy access to combined content from Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), Department of Parks and Wildlife, the Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia
  • vital planning, preparation and recovery information.

The Department of Local Government and Communities is encouraging all residents to visit the website; please click here.

Giant Numbat Project

To find out more about this exciting project and how you can be involved in creating a giant numbat play sculpture for Williams, click here. 


NBN Address Check

To find out whether you've got access to the NBN, click on the link below:


  Industrial Land

For details on industrial zoned blocks available in Williams, please visit http://www.landcorp.com.au/Industrial-and-Commercial/Williams-Industrial/