Events Planning

Events Planning
Community Events

Community Events

The Shire is committed to building a strong community and promoting and fostering a healthy and active community. The Midwest region is a beautiful place which provides many opportunities for local people and tourists to enhance their knowledge, appreciation and involvement in the many attractions that abound in the Shire of Irwin.

If you have an upcoming event that you would like to advertise, please contact the Shire of Irwin (see contact information below).

For additional information about events, accommodation and much more, visit Dongara Port Denison.


The Trail Tutorials: Style, Mend & Shop Virtual Masterclasses

Clothing is something we’re all consuming more of but using less.  

A heart stopping 80 billion new pieces of clothing are bought every year around the globe and as Australians we are amongst the most fashion hungry in the world.  Fast forward to the end of 2020 and each of us will have sent 23kgs of clothing to landfill.

Reducing the number of purchases we make and choosing secondhand are just two great ways we can all do our bit, stay stylish and save money.

Presented by the Shire in conjunction with Garage Sale Trail, learn how to farewell fast fashion forever by joining one of our free online masterclasses hosted by some of Australia’s brightest, best and most stylish.   

This event is being delivered as part of Councils commitment to reducing landfill and supporting residents to reuse and reduce waste at homeIt is brought to you by the Shire of Irwin and the team behind Garage Sale Trail, Australias #1 community and sustainability event dedicated to helping us make or save money buying or selling pre-loved.  

The ultimate wardrobe declutter hosted by Marie Kondo-trained Sally Flower  

Date: Saturday 3 October 

Time: 12pm AWST

Where: online (via Zoom)

About the session

Sally Flower is the first Australian trained by Marie Kondo in the now world- famous KonMari method. Sally is also a wellness consultant, mindfulness coach and sustainability advocate (aka an all-round superhuman).  Through her business, Home Sanctuary she inspires Australians to live with less and make purposeful choices that enable us to be the very best version of ourselves.

During this 40 minute session, Sally will guide us through some simple steps to change the way we buy and become a conscious consumer.  You’ll get practical tips on how to declutter your wardrobe sustainably helping you uncover those hidden gems lurking in your closet and finding new love for your old stuff.  Follow Sally on Instagram @homesanct


Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Fashion first aid: fight stains and rips with by Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald & Christina Reitano

Date: Saturday 24 October 

Time: 11am AWST

Where: online (via Zoom)

About the session

Breathe new life into your old clothes with this hour-long session teaching the basics of fashion first aid. Learn how to revive tired, damaged clothes from two adept clothes whisperers: mending master Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald and stain slayer Christina Reitano.

Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald is Australia's leading clothes-mending practitioner, author of the book Modern Mending and shopkeeper at Her mending has been displayed in art exhibitions in Melbourne and Adelaide and she now teaches mending internationally to an online audience. She is passionate about repair in all its forms; in 2014 she founded Bright Sparks, a social enterprise that repaired and reused electrical appliances, diverting more than 15 tonnes of e-waste from landfill.  Follow her on instagram @erinlewisfitzgerald

Christina Reitano, aka the stain slayer, is a lifelong opshopper who is dedicated to extending the useful life of our stuff.  Christina holds postgraduate qualifications in Environment from The University of Melbourne and has worked as a volunteer for the Salvation Army and Fitted for Work. She teaches people tricks for cleaning, repairing and altering clothes through her insta handle @fashion.first.aid 


Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

The art of secondhand styling by Hannah Klose & Natalie Shehata

Date: Saturday 7 November 

Time: 11am AWST

Where: online (via Zoom)

About the session

Ever wondered how you can get this season's must have looks but also save money and the planet at the same time?  This is the masterclass for you.  Hosted by a panel of Australia’s biggest names in sustainable styling and fashion, you’ll get practical tips to help you uncover secondhand treasure in your neighbourhood and learn how to style secondhand pieces.

Never Ever Pay Retail opshop blogger, Hannah Klose, has been thrifting since birth thanks to her mum’s opshop obsession! When she’s not blogging about the best secondhand hot spots at you can catch her styling recycled runway shows or sniffing out a bargain somewhere in Brisbane. She lives by the mantra ‘buy nothing new’ (except for underwear) and 99% of her wardrobe is pre-loved. Follow her on instagram @nevereverpayretail to see some everyday sustainable style that doesn’t have to cost the earth!

Natalie Shehata is the founder + editor of tommie magazine ‘the destination for creative Womxn with a conscience’, as well as the Eco Stylist for Save the Children Australia op shops nationally.  Her fashion styling career spans 11 years.  She founded tommie magazine with the intention to change the way we consume and interpret fashion, by educating and bringing an awareness to how our clothes are made and what actually happens ‘behind the seams’ - both in the manufacturing of our clothing and the advertising of them.  You can follow Natalie’s adventures over at @nattystylist and learn more about tommie magazine @tommiemag.


Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Annual - Denison Foreshore Sprint & Mid West Show & Shine

Stay tuned for 2021 - Date to be advised

Dongara- Port Denison over the long weekend in September is the place to be for classic car owners manufactured prior to 1985. The ideal complement to this event is the Midwest Show ‘n Shine. Cars displayed at the Show n Shine do not have a restricted build date so you can expect to see classics to the modern and everything in between. People are encouraged to dust off their pride and joys and bring them along to put them on display. There will something for everyone

The Denison Foreshore Sprint is a single car timed experience using the same format of the more famous local and international sprint events. Cars launch from a standing start, navigate the course through a flying finish. Spectators will get an un-obstructed view of the action behind traditional hay bale barriers or from above as the cars travel rapidly past the obelisk on the hill.

Annual - Larry Lobster Festival

Stay tuned for 2021 - Date to be advised

Since 1999 the Dongara Denison Community Festival Association have volunteered their time to produce the Larry Lobster Festival.

The festival showcases our community, our local attractions and industries and our talented  crafters and small businesses with a full day of entertainment, attractions and stalls. There is something for everyone at the Larry Lobster Festival.

For more information or to get involved visit

Biennial - Irwin District Charity Ball

Cancelled due to COVID restrictions

Stay tuned for 2021 - Date to be advised

Hosted at the Irwin Recreation Centre. Minimum formal dress required. 

Tables of 10 can be booked or we will seat you with other party goers.

This is an 18+ event, ID will be required.

Tickets will be on sale closer to the date!

Event Application Package

Application Package

This document has been designed to assist Council, Sporting and Community Groups and other organisations in the running of public events within the Shire of Irwin. The purpose of this Strategy is to maximise the probability of a successful event and minimise the risk of negative outcomes such as reputational harm, injury to persons or damage to property. 

The Strategy aims to provide a clear framework for Council assistance and support to events that enables them to be better guided by the potential value and benefits that events provide to both the community and local economy. It also adheres to a guiding principle that realising Irwin's potential to be a vibrant, succesful and sustainable events destintation will involve the input, support and energy of all stakeholders.

The Shire of Irwin recognises there are significant community benefits in the staging of events. Anyone who organises an event, regardless of whether it is managed by an individual, volunteers or professional event staff,  has a responsibilty to protect the health, safety and welfare of those who may be affected by the event. It is also the responsibilty of the event organiser to ensure he or she is aware of, and complies with all relevant legislation.

Contact Information

Contact Info

For event enquiries, please contact the Community Officer on  9927 0000