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Foxes Kill Chickens in Dalyellup

New fox activity has been reported in Dalyellup.

The area is concentrated around the ranch blocks around Kardan Way and Wongin Road.

The fox has been targeting chook pens and using the cover of stormy weather to mask the noises they create during their raids.

To help establish where the foxes are coming from, could any fox sightings in Dalyellup be reported to the Shire of Capel via email or by phone 9727 0222. This will help us target where we need to trap.

Meanwhile, it is recommended that people who have chooks ensure their pens are fully enclosed with the perimeter fence dug well into the ground.

Foxes are good climbers and can dig under fences.

Seeking Public Comment

Shire of Capel Development Contribution Plan and Town Planning Scheme No. 7 Amendment No. 65

The Shire is seeking public comment from the community, landowners and a range of government agencies on a Development Contribution Plan (DCP) and Scheme Amendment No. 65, which are being advertised for 60 days.

The DCP will create a legal framework between the Shire and specified landowners to share the costs involved in building selected infrastructure within specific areas. The specified landowners are those who own undeveloped land within Development Contribution Areas in Capel, Boyanup and Dalyellup.

The draft DCP includes specific infrastructure and administrative items to be funded, determines how costs are to be shared, provides an estimate on the priority and timing of infrastructure and estimates the cost contribution rates and establishes how this rate will be indexed when a landowner is liable to pay a contribution.

As part of the DCP and the Shire’s existing 2013 Community Facilities Plan there are a number of infrastructure projects to be funded in Capel, Boyanup and Dalyellup, such as the Boyanup Recreation Ground, Dalyellup Surf lifesaving club and Capel multi-purpose Community Resource Centre.

Plans and documents setting out and explaining the scheme amendment and development contribution plan have been deposited at the Shire Administrative Office in Forrest Road Capel, Dalyellup Library, Capel Library, Boyanup Library and on the Shire Website at

Submissions on the local planning scheme amendment and development contribution plan may be lodged in writing and should include the amendment number to the Shire of Capel, PO Box 369, Capel 6271 or by email to prior to 4.00pm on November 20, 2017.

What is the Development Contribution Plan (DCP)?

The draft Development Contribution Plan (DCP) together with Scheme Amendment No.65 is part of a comprehensive local planning framework that seeks to equitably fund community infrastructure and facilities to meet current and future community needs.

The DCP will create a legal framework between the Shire and specified landowners to share costs involved in building selected infrastructure within specific areas. The specified landowners are those that own undeveloped land within the following Development Contribution Areas (DCA):

  • DCA1 – Capel
  • DCA2 – Boyanup
  • DCA3 – Dalyellup

The draft DCP includes the following key components and processes:

  • Specific infrastructure and administrative items to be funded;
  • Determines how costs are to be shared;
  • Provides an estimate on priorities and timing of infrastructure; and
  • Estimates the cost contribution rates and establishes how this rate will be indexed when a landowner is liable to pay a contribution.


Why is a DCP needed and what gives the Shire the authority to require payment of contributions?

The capacity of local government to provide necessary infrastructure and services is limited by available financial resources from rate revenue and other sources such as grants. The pressure on financial resources is exacerbated in high growth areas such as the Shire of Capel.

The Shire’s Community Facilities Plan (2013) provides a framework for the provision of community facilities required to address identified growth over time.

Part 5.11 of the Shire of Capel Town Planning Scheme No. 7 and State Planning Policy 3.6 – Development Contributions for Infrastructure provides the authority to establish and collect contributions.

When and how will contributions required to be paid?

A landowner in a DCA will be obliged to make a contribution at the time specified in Clause 5.11.13 of the Shire of Capel Town Planning Scheme No. 7. Generally this is at the subdivision clearance stage or upon commencement of any development that requires planning consent within the development contribution area or whichever occurs first. A contribution can be monetary, the provision of a DCP work or a mixture of both.

What are the Cost Contribution Rates?

The cost contribution rates for the Development Contribution Areas and how these costs are to be indexed can be found in Part 4 of the DCP Report.

The draft contribution rates per lot/dwelling unit for 2016/17 are:

  • DCA1 Capel                       $3,090
  • DCA2 Boyanup                 $6,815
  • DCA3 Dalyellup                $5,182

Note: One and two bedroom group/strata dwellings (including ‘lifestyle village’ dwellings) may contribute 50 per cent of the relevant rate at the discretion of Council.

Gelorup Nature Trail Officially Opened

The Gelorup Nature Trail was officially opened on Tuesday, September 19, with community members, Shire staff and members of Parliament in attendance.

Capel Shire President Murray Scott said the trail was developed by the Trails Management Group in late 2015, with the aim to provide an experience that allows locals and tourists to enjoy and value the unique environment.

“Projects like this walk trail, don’t just build themselves. Our great thanks go to the people who contributed their knowledge and creativity to many aspects of the project,” Mr Scott said.

Engineering Environmental Officer Rae McPherson said the track was situated on the north side of the Five Mile Brook, from Sheoak Park on Bussell Hwy to the Community Centre on Hasties Road.

“The Gelorup Nature Trail is a safe way for families to walk between Sheoak Park and the Gelorup Community centre and skate park, without having to cross a road,” Ms McPherson said.

“This Reserve contains remnant bushland, which has an array of wildflowers including native orchids, as well as roosting and foraging places for the endangered Black cockatoos and birds of prey.

“Children now have easier access to this natural native playground where they can explore the creek and the wild bushland spaces along the Trail.”

She said people interested in bird watching are in for a treat, as the populations of many different bird species move in and out as the seasons change, from winter wetlands with a fast-flowing creek, to a dry shady creek bed.

Ducks, cranes and spoonbills make way for magpies, eagles and willy wagtails as the season warms up, she said.


Eight Candidates Nominate For Council

Eight candidates have nominated for the four vacant Councillor positions on the Shire of Capel Council at this year’s Local Government Elections to be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Incumbent President Murray Scott and Councillors Brian Smith and Greg Norton and five new candidates from across the Shire are vying for a position on the Shire of Capel Council.

Capel Shire chief executive officer Paul Sheedy said it was great to see a diverse range of people nominating for a position on Council.

“The nomination of another women and young person was a step forward in achieving the Council’s objective of greater diversity on the Council,” he said.

“Residents are encouraged to read the candidates profile, view the candidates’ video on the Shire’s website and social media pages and take the opportunity to vote when the postal voting package arrives in the post.”

He said that the number of people voting in the Shire elections in recent years have been slowly reducing, so he is encouraging everyone to have their say and don’t just discard the postal voting package.

Residents will receive a postal voting package in the mail, on the week commencing September 25, and will not be required to attend a polling booth to cast their vote.

Candidates (As drawn on the ballot paper)


Murray has lived in Elgin his entire life. He has been married to Megan for 47 years and they have three children and many grandchildren.  They were self-employed dairy farmers for many years and retired from milking in 2008.  He feels that he has the time and passion for the Shire.

Currently the Shire President and Deputy Chief Bush Fire Control Officer, Murray represents the Shire on many committees, keeping us on the front foot of local issues. He believes the Shire must continue to be focussed on sustainable planning, development, infrastructure and most importantly, viability with a strategic long term financial plan to improve and keep up with the growth and needs of our communities while listening to both sides.

Murray is seeking your support for re-election as a Councillor for the Shire of Capel to keep working for the constituents who have chosen this exciting shire in which to live, work and play with their families.

Mobile: 0407 270 023


Postal Address: RMB 134, BOYANUP  6237


Douglas is seeking your support in the upcoming Shire of Capel Council Elections.

Douglas has been a resident of this Shire all his life, living on the family dairy farm in Elgin until purchasing his own home in the Capel town site. He is an Electrician by trade, a casual bartender at the local Boyanup tavern, and a volunteer firefighter for the Elgin Brigade.  He believes his young energetic attitude will bring a diverse perspective on key ideas that will help grow our community and all aspects within our Shire.

As your prospective Councillor, his primary goals are to maintain quality community consultation, seek further funding and investment in our local roads and to assist local businesses to prosper. He looks forward to working for and alongside the many residents within the Shire of Capel.

Home: 9727 1469

Mobile: 0427 949 381



Michael lives in Gelorup with his family and is standing for Council because he believes Gelorup, Dalyellup and Stratham are the neglected areas of this Shire, with all the decision-making and spending based in Capel.

He believes that the northern part of the Shire urgently needs better representation, so that our needs and concerns are not put second. Council services like the library and waste facilities are based in Capel, a long way from Gelorup, Dalyellup and Stratham.  We need more basic infrastructure like footpaths and better community facilities, but have been neglected in these areas.  If elected he will advocate for more focus on this part of the Shire.

As a former journalist and now a business manager, Michael feels he has the skills and experience to analyse what is going on and come up with suggestions for improvement. He can represent your interests and ensure Gelorup, Dalyellup and Stratham are not forgotten.

Home: 9795 4808



Debbie has lived and raised a family in the Capel Shire for eleven years. She understands the challenges and joys of raising a family in this community.

Debbie is an Oncology Nurse which requires sensitive communication and listening skills that she can bring to bear in a position on Council. She has been involved in development an education support centre in Bunbury and gained qualifications and worked whilst raising her children, one with severe disabilities.

She believes that harmony between the rural and urban elements of our community is key to the wellbeing of residents. She will ensure our natural assets are protected and managed.

Debbie will advocate for the management of 4-wheel driving opportunities on our beaches so we can continue to enjoy this privilege well into the future.

Mobile: 0438 252 116



Norm would like your vote for the Capel Shire election. He and his wife moved to Dalyellup 11 years ago.

He is a retired from the workforce and has time, experience and commitment to represent all Capel residents. Norm has 30 years of Engineering and Production management experience in the manufacturing industry.

Norm has been directly involved in sporting and activity groups in which his children were members. He is a Committee member and office bearer for the Dalyellup Seniors Association.  He is a Committee member and office bearer for the Wood Turners Association of WA.  His hobbies are Woodturning and playing Bridge (cards).

Although his interests are to maintain and create facilities for Youth, Seniors and Sport in Capel, he has a broadminded approach to all Council affairs and the requirements of both groups and individuals within the Shire of Capel.

Mobile: 0405 500 135


Postal Address: 28 Antelope Turn, Dalyellup  6230


Greg has lived in Capel for 51 years and been a Capel Councillor for 16 years. In this time he has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge of the area.  He would like to see Capel continue to grow but still retain its rural outlook.

If he is re-elected he will be trying to get more activity within each town centre to create a more liveable town and create the possibility for more jobs. This would be in local businesses and tourism.

He realises the increase in rates has been an issue and will continue to look at the balance of growth, supplying services and keeping rates at a sustainable level.

He has a passion for living and doing business in Capel and hopes you will support him in being re-elected to the Shire of Capel.

Mobile: 0418 933 746



Brian will vote to keep rates down every year as in the past few years, the Capel Shire Council has increased the rates by an average of 6%. He will vote for the rates to be capped at 4% for the next four years.

He will take the time to listen, investigate and voice your issues, whether they be rates, roads, planning, rubbish, building or playground issues and any other issues that you may have.

Brian is community minded and has held positions on the South West Health Advisory Committee, RSL, Capel Fest and has umpired both junior and senior Australian Rules football. He is currently a Goal Umpire for the South West Football League.

Brian has lived in the Capel Shire for the past 17 years and has four adult children and ten grandchildren. He has the time and energy to devote to the Council and be your advocate.

Mobile: 0414 890 685


Postal Address: 1253 Bussell Highway, Stratham  6237


Brian is 61 years old, married and has been a resident of Boyanup for 20 years.

While initially employed in the private sector, he has worked for the Department of Agriculture for 38 years with experience in management and more recently in livestock biosecurity.

Brian believes he can bring experience as a current sitting Councillor and is a member and chairperson of many community groups. He has active involvement as a Fire Control Officer and runs a successful meat sheep stud with his wife, Neroli, on their Boyanup property.

Brian would like to continue to represent all ratepayers, supporting communities that are inspired, connected, active and engaged, that can grow in a planned way while maintaining the agricultural significance of the Shire and minimising environmental impacts.

Home: 9731 5618

Mobile: 0427 387 412

Postal Address: PO Box 181, Boyanup  6237

Capel Civic Precinct Toilet Block

The Shire of Capel advises that the construction of a new toilet block at the Capel Civic Precinct will start in November 2017.

The project  has been awarded to Landmark Production Ltd and the works include a toilet block with a shelter and minor landscaping around the block.

The block will house an electrical connection, with provision for an information display board at the shelter.

The construction work will take up to four weeks to complete and it is expected that the toilet block will be opened before Christmas 2017.

If you have any concerns or queries regarding the timing or the scope of works please do not hesitate to contact Shahin Mahmud on 97270222, or email at