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New Regional Tourism Manager



Thursday, 23 March 2017

New manager to drive tourism opportunities

Maximising tourism opportunities and fostering a unified approach in the Bunbury-Geographe region will be key priorities for a new Regional Tourism and Development Manager, who is set to begin the role next month.

Appointed as an integral part of the Bunbury-Wellington and Boyup Brook Regional Tourism Development Strategy, the Regional Tourism Marketing and Development Manager will focus on growing the industry and developing an annual implementation plan to address high priority areas identified in a Regional Action Plan.

Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup CEO Ben Rose said the strategy aimed at creating a unified approach to the management of tourism development, marketing and infrastructure across the City of Bunbury and Shires of Dardanup, Collie, Harvey, Capel, Donnybrook-Balingup and Boyup Brook. The strategy also includes partners Australia’s South West and the South West Development Commission.

“This Strategy aims to increase visitor nights to over two million and day trip visitors to over 1.6 million per annum by 2030,” Mr Rose said.

“A growth in visitation target of 1.9% annually has been set, which will see visitor expenditure reach $425,348,000 across the region by 2030.

“These targets will be achieved through positioning the region as an adventure-nature getaway bolstered by boutique wine, food, culture and shopping experiences.

“In turn, this will be leveraged through drive routes, themed maps, itineraries, website, events, and infrastructure.”

Mr Rose said tourism was vital to the region and it was important that local governments worked on a regional perspective to increase the effectiveness of campaigns.

The new manager, Anissa Williams, has extensive experience and understanding of the tourism sector.

Ms Williams said she looked forward to returning to a region she was genuinely passionate about after 15 years working in Queensland, the Northern Territory and internationally.

“I am thrilled to be offered the position at such a significant time,” she said. “The Bunbury-Geographe region is on the precipice of exciting change and growth.”

She applauded the seven local governments for coming together to drive tourism in the region.

“We have a strong plan and a clear vision,” she said. “By working together and in partnership with our industry stakeholders, tourism operators and the community, we can achieve great things.

“The Bunbury-Geographe has the potential to be the benchmark for all other tourism regions in Western Australia.”

Ms Williams will start on 19 April.

Street Tree Pruning in Capel & Boyanup

The Shire of Capel will be conducting street tree pruning in Capel and Boyanup starting on Monday the 27th of March. These works should take a fortnight to complete and are to clear powerlines, footpaths and roads in the townsites.

Tomato Potato Psyllid South West surveillance Media Statement

Local residents boost surveillance for new vegetable pest

The Department of Agriculture and Food has called on South West residents to support local horticulture industries by helping trap and report the exotic insect pest, tomato potato psyllid.

Southern Regional Manager Neil Guise said residents and home gardeners could boost surveillance efforts by hosting a ‘sticky trap’ on their properties.

Tomato potato psyllid is a destructive insect pest which feeds on a range of plants including potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, chilli, tamarillo and sweet potato.

The psyllid was first detected in the Perth metropolitan area last month and has now been confirmed on more than 50 commercial and residential properties. It has been detected on five properties in the Yarloop, Busselton and Margaret River areas.

Mr Guise said the department was conducting extensive surveillance and monitoring on commercial horticulture properties, and was looking to the community to increase trapping for the psyllid in residential areas.

“About 1500 sticky traps have been installed on properties across regional and metropolitan areas of the State, with more than 500 in the South West as part of the department’s response to this pest,” Mr Guise said.

“Getting the community involved will be a tremendous help in determining the spread of psyllid in the region and is a positive way of supporting our local vegetable growers and industry.

“We are asking people to collect a sticky trap, place it on their property for seven days and then return it in the provided sealed plastic bag.

“The department can then confirm if the psyllid is present at that location.”

Where the psyllid is detected on residential properties, there are a number of treatment options to control the pest. Vegetables and plant material should not be moved from the property.

Sticky trap packs with set up instructions can be collected and returned to:

  • Department of Agriculture and Food Bunbury office
  • Donnybrook Shire offices
  • Capel Shire offices
  • Collie Shire offices
  • Eaton and Dardanup offices of the Shire of Dardanup
  • Australind and Harvey offices of the Shire of Harvey
  • Augusta and Margaret River offices of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River
  • Busselton Shire offices

Mr Guise acknowledged local commercial growers for their cooperation and support of the department’s tomato potato psyllid response and participating local shires administering the sticky traps from their offices.

Local residents interested in hosting a sticky trap can call the department’s Bunbury office on (08) 9780 6100.

More information on the tomato potato psyllid response in Western Australia is available on the department’s website


Media contacts:

Jodie Thomson/Lisa Bertram, media liaison              +61 (0)8 9368 3230/3325

Neil Guise, Southern Regional Director                     +61 (0)8 9780 6258

Council Briefs – 22 February 2017

Annual Electors’ Meeting – Following the Annual Electors’ Meeting on 25 January 2017 which 36 residents attended, Council considered the resolution that was passed at the electors’ meeting, where those in attendance voiced their concern at the large increase in rates in Gelorup this financial year following the three yearly revaluation of properties by Landgate.

Council was requested to thoroughly review its entire rating system for implementation in 2017/18 with the primary objective being fiscal restraint from 2017/18.

Special Rural Zone Area 1B Stratham – Council was requested to amend the Land Use and Management Plan to allow the installation of an alternative treatment system at a resident’s property. The current management plan endorsed by Council in 2013 only permits aerobic treatment units (ATUs) in the development due to the heavy clay soils. Council resolved not to amend the land use and management plan and to retain the requirement for all effluent disposal systems at the development to be ATUs.

Development Contribution Plan – Following feedback from the Western Australian Planning Commission and an update of the previous draft document Council has endorsed the draft Development Contribution Plan to allow for it to be advertised for community consultation and comment. The Plan if endorsed will require future developers of residential land in Boyanup, Capel and Dalyellup to make a contribution towards future community infrastructure based on a per lot rate. The draft Plan indicates the contribution will be $6,815 for Boyanup, $3,090 for Capel and $5,142 for Dalyellup.

Reduced Setback Dwelling in Dalyellup – The application from an owner of a proposed two storey dwelling in Eva Fairway, Dalyellup which sought approval from Council for a variation to the existing street setback of six metres to four metres for the house and garage, has been approved by Council.

Water Storage Dam, Boyanup – Development approval for the construction of a dam for water storage for irrigation and stock use at Lot 189 Collins Road, Boyanup has been approved by Council subject to a number of conditions.

Child Family Care Centre, Gelorup – An application by the landowner of 5 Tamarind Crescent, Gelorup to operate a ‘Child Family Care Centre’ from the dwelling has been supported and approved by Council, subject to no more than seven (7) children, including the operator’s own children being cared for at any one time and the hours of operation being restricted to 7.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. The operator will also be required to comply with relevant Environmental Health requirements.

Mid-Year Budget Review – The Mid-Year Budget Review of Shire operations up to 31 December 2016, undertaken by Shire staff, was considered and endorsed by Council at its February 2017 meeting. The review indicated that Shire projects are on track to be completed in the current financial year with an expected overall 30 June 2017 surplus of $4,854 being forecast compared to the budget forecast of $4,442.


Forrest Beach – Temporary road closure

The Shire of Capel advises road users that a delay in the commencement of Water Corporation bridge replacement works means that the proposed closure of Forrest Beach Road, Forrest Beach has been rescheduled.

The bridge on Forrest Beach Road needs to be replaced. Accordingly, the road will be closed from the intersection with Ludlow North Road to approximately 100 m west of the bridge for a period of approximately 6 months while construction is underway.

Water Corporation intends to commence work in May 2017 with an estimated completion date of October 2017. Access to properties and Forrest Beach will need to be via Layman Road, Busselton during the road closure.

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Please direct any comments via email to or in writing to the Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Capel,  PO Box 369, Capel, WA  6271 by the close of business 23 March 2017.

Chief Executive Officer