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Have you seen any foxes lately?

Have you seen any foxes in your area lately? It is that time of year again when we ask residents to report fox sightings in the Shire.

Please email or call 9727 0222 to report fox sightings.

Capel Police Station Consultation Meeting

WA Police have issued a public notice inviting residents, landowners and businesses to attend a meeting in relation to the proposed Capel police station.

Capel Shire Council President Murray Scott said the Capel police station is a State Government election commitment, therefore the Council is only involved in the land tenure arrangements and the provision of planning advice.

Mr Scott said WA Police had identified the Crown Reserve at 23 Spurr St (lot 30930) Capel as the preferred site.

The community is invited to learn more about the design and operations of the proposed station by attending a consultation meeting at the Capel Community Centre at 5.30pm on Thursday 21 February 2019.

More details about the meeting or to submit your questions to WA Police email – these questions will be discussed at the meeting.

Higher Fire Risk Conditions Ahead – Are You Prepared?

The South West of the State is likely to encounter low intensity heatwave conditions over the next three days which may put a considerable strain on available bushfire fighting resources.

Although it occurred in more moderate conditions, the recent fire in Marchetti Road Gelorup should serve as a very timely reminder of how quickly a fire can develop and place members of our community at risk.

The decision on whether to leave or stay and defend your property is an individual one – are you prepared? This includes physically and emotionally and also the right equipment.  Is your property prepared? These are questions that only you can answer and you cannot expect or rely on someone else to make that decision for you.

If you intend to leave, you should also decide where you are going to go – in what direction and to what destination?

The Incident Controller does not always establish evacuation centres – especially when there are only small numbers of properties involved. Evacuation centres also need to be away from the potential impact area of a fire and take time to establish, so you need to consider where else you could go – at least in the short term.

For more information on how to prepare for a bushfire head to the DFES website.

Tree Pruning – Elgin

The Shire of Capel parks and garden staff will be carrying out tree pruning works on Jilley Road, Elgin on Thursday, 14 February.

These works are to remove overhanging branches from the road edges to improve visibility.

There will be minor disruptions to road users that will be controlled by traffic management.

Any questions please contact the parks supervisor on 9727 0222 or email


Minor Community Grants Scheme is Now Open

The Minor Community Grants Scheme is an annual Shire of Capel initiative established to support the development of the community through the provision of community funding opportunities.

Community groups, clubs and organisations that require financial assistance are encouraged to apply under these schemes for projects in the following areas:

  • Sport and Recreation
  • Youth Development
  • Culture, Arts & Events
  • Equipment and Minor Projects

Please view the Minor Community Grants Application Form and give Donna Sims a call on 9727 0222 during business hours to discuss your project.

The Minor Community Grants Scheme closes at 4 pm on Friday, 22 February 2019.

Council has made available two Minor Grant Scheme categories:

Projects under $2,000

The Council may make available minor grants to a maximum of $1,000 including GST being half the total project cost.

Projects $2,000 up to $10,000

The Council may make available grants to a maximum of one-third of the total project cost to a maximum of $3,333 including GST per project.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Donna Sims on 9727 0222 or email if you require any assistance completing the forms.

Download the form: Minor Community Grants Application Form