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Radio Station


Shire of Katanning

Place Number

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103 Warburton Rd Katanning

Location Details

Other Name(s)


Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1936

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
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Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
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Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 22 Jun 2000 Category 2

Category 2

• Of very considerable significance to the Shire of Katanning. • High level of protection appropriate.

Statement of Significance

The radio station has a high level of historic, social and scientific significance, being the first and only station established in Katanning and still operating as such. The advent of a local radio station was an important contributor to the social, cultural and recreational life of Katanning and the surrounding regions. Broadcasting operations ceased in 1996.

Physical Description

No broadcasting is carried out from the house. House is now rented.


Because Katanning was one of the wealthiest country districts in Western Australia, it was chosen by WA Broadcasters Limited as the site for the commercial station 6WB. On September 1936, the station began broadcasting from its own station building on land purchased from the Beeck family, not far from the Quartermaine property "Yowangup". In addition to the station buildings, two 130ft oregon masts were also erected.
The station first began broadcasting two-hourly stretches three times a day. The first manager was Norman Green, and his assistant was Gil Buckeridge. In February 1973, C W Sirl commenced work at the station as assistant engineer, eventually being promoted to engineer-in-charge - a position he held until his death in 1971.
For national relay, 6WB was serviced by 6WA, which was located 40 miles from Katanning.




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
"Katanning's Jubilee: a complete history of the progress of the town and district from 1889 to 1939". Great Southern Herald, 1939

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use Transport\Communications Comms: Radio or Television Station
Original Use Transport\Communications Comms: Radio or Television Station

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall TIMBER Weatherboard
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Community services & utilities

Creation Date

11 Sep 2000

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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