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Dog Exercise Areas – Community Forums

Recently the Shire of Capel conducted an online survey, ‘People and Dogs In Harmony – A Review of Dog Exercise & Dog Prohibited Areas within the Shire of Capel’.

The next step is to conduct Community Forums in each of the Shire’s five main localities, to further workshop feedback given by the community in an effort to get the best overall result possible.

The workshop dates and times are:

Boyanup Community Centre

Thursday, 14 June from 5pm to 7pm.

Capel Community Centre

Saturday, 23 June from 10am to 12pm.

Dalyellup Community Centre

Saturday, 16 June from 10am to 12pm.

Gelorup Community Centre

Tuesday, 26 June from 5pm to 7pm

Peppermint Grove Beach Community Centre

Tuesday, 19 June from 5pm to 7pm

Residents, while encouraged to attend the community forum closest to their place of residence, are welcome to attend any of the sessions and discuss their ideas or concerns in relation to Dog Exercise & Dog Prohibited Areas with Shire Staff.

There is no need to book/register for this event, come along any time within the timeframe given for the Community Forum of your choice. Help us shape what will meet the needs of all our residents by coming along and having your say.

Dalyellup Beach Stairway Repairs

The Dalyellup north beach access stairway at the Norton Promenade/Hutt Drive will be closed from Wednesday, May 2 to Friday, May 4 for repairs to be carried out.

Please use the southern stairway on Norton Promenade, opposite Zedor Way, during this period.



President Addresses Recent Claims Made on Facebook

Capel Shire Council President Murray Scott said a number of claims had been made on Facebook about the CEO, councillors, Shire staff and Council decision making. He said the Shire welcomes scrutiny and embraces accountability, however, criticism should be reasonable and have a basis in facts.

Mr Scott said the councillors welcome public input and encourage community members to contact councillors with any questions or concerns they might have.

He said councillors and Shire staff work with ratepayers to identify and implement new projects each year and deliberately allocate an increasing budget to maintain its facilities, services, and programs.

Council continues to make decisions that further the interests of the Shire’s community guided by and consistent with the Shire’s Long-Term Financial Plan 2017-32 which has been developed after extensive community consultation.

Mr Scott said council meetings were open to the public and he was pleased to see an increase in the number of community members attending the meetings in the past year.

Mr Scott urged ratepayers to voice their opinion in a constructive way, which was via as this enables Shire officers and councillors to address the questions and concerns directly.

Mr Scott said Facebook was a great platform for sharing information, however, these sorts of forums were not always a trusted source of information.

He urged residents to contact Shire councillors directly before posting concerns on Facebook, you can contact a councillor here.

Permits to Burn Now Available

The Shire’s Chief Bush Fire Control Officer Chris Scott has advised that Permits to Burn can now be issued to the wider public and not just for pasture burning, due to a change in weather conditions.

At this stage, permits are to be issued for piles of material only – no running fires across blocks of land as there is very little moisture in the ground to aid in reducing a fire burning across a property.

A decision on whether the Shire will extend the Restricted Burning Period beyond April 26 will be made this Monday and will dependent how much rain the district receives over the coming weekend.

Bush Fire Exercise – Gelorup Cancelled

A Bush Fire Training Exercise planned in the vicinity of Yalinda Drive/Eucalypt Drive Gelorup this Saturday, April 21 has been cancelled due to bad weather.
The Shire would like to thank the local businesses who had supported this training through the provision of equipment and food.

We would also like to thank the residents who had agreed to let our volunteer firefighters access their properties for this training.

Training is a very important part of the role of our volunteer bush firefighters to make sure they can safely and effectively perform their roles. Hopefully, we can arrange for this training to be conducted at a later date.