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President’s Christmas Message

The year has been filled with lots of exciting projects, some completed and others in planning stages. I would like to thank all the wonderful residents of our Shire for their valued contribution to the community over the year, without you our community wouldn’t be what it is today.

I hope that everyone enjoys recreating in the wonderful natural assets that surround our Shire and enjoy Christmas celebrations with family and friends.

I would like to take the opportunity to ask everyone that they take extra care on the roads, after a number of fatalities in the past few months we want to make sure everyone arrives safely to enjoy Christmas with their family and friends.

As the weather warms up it is also important that residents are bushfire ready and have a bushfire plan in place. To find out ways to prepare visit our emergency management page.

Thank you to the dedication of our wonderful community groups, organisations, and volunteers who ensure our community is a fantastic place to live.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on behalf of all of us at the Shire of Capel.


Festive Season Operating Hours

The Shire of Capel advises that the following arrangements will be in place for the Christmas/New Year holiday period.

Monday 24 December 2018  – Shire administration closed and public libraries open.

Tuesday 25 December 2018 – Wednesday 2 January 2019 inclusive – Shire administration and libraries closed, re-opening Thursday 3 January 2019.

Limited ranger services on Christmas Day.

Waste Transfer Station closed on Christmas Day.

Waste Collections one day later for all areas – please refer to your waste collection calendar.

Please check the Shire website for out of business hours services.


Salvation Army Christmas Appeal

Thanks to the generosity of those in the community who donated to this year’s Salvation Army Christmas Appeal hundreds of families in need will enjoy a happier Christmas.

Salvation Army Pastor Mark Schatz was overwhelmed by the generosity of Shire staff and residents when he came to collect the donations from the Shire office.

He said the Salvation Army would be helping more than 2000 people in need this festive season and he was grateful for the Shire’s donations which would give hope to Australians battling tough times.

He said hampers of food and toys would be delivered to households this week in time for Christmas.

Pastor Mark has undertaken a number of projects this year since coming to the South West from Kalgoorlie these include;

  • The building (currently under construction) of a showering and washing facility, where those in need can visit and have a nice hot shower and wash their clothes, a simple task we all take for granted.
  • Homelessness prevention program, where a fulltime person visits towns from Harvey to Bunbury to Margaret River seeing how they can assist people to stay off the streets. This may include making a mortgage repayment or paying a bill for someone injured or out of work.
  • Thrift Shop run by the Bunbury Office staff – Supplying very cheap clothing and food to customers. The shop gives away free of charge about 20 percent of donations. The Thrift shop is a separate arm to the Salvation Army Stores.

The Salvation Army is happy to speak to anyone in need and is always happy to work with communities to see if there are any programs they can offer to help where social issues exist such as drug prevention programs.

To get in touch call 9791 5200.

Bin Collections During Christmas

All bins during the week of Christmas will be collected one day later than usual.

Statement by West Australian Local Government Association (WALGA)

Recent media reports on WALGA’s template policy outlining communications responsibilities in Local Government incorrectly claim that through this policy, the Association is seeking to censor or restrict the free speech of Elected Members.

The template policy was drafted at the direction of State Council, following increasing concerns from Members around the growing use and influence of social media. These concerns included Elected Members’ private social media interactions as well as the actions of both Elected Members and staff on Local Government social media pages.

As a template policy, this forms the starting point for Members that wish to implement their own policy, with possible considerations and suggested wording for inclusion. There is no requirement for a Local Government to implement the template policy as provided, or to even adopt a policy of this nature should they think it not necessary.

The Policy highlights a number of already existing responsibilities for Elected Members drawn from current legislation and regulations including the Local Government Act, the Rules of Conduct Regulations and Councils’ individual Local Laws for their Meeting Procedures. These responsibilities remain regardless of whether a policy is adopted by an individual Local Government.

The Policy provides no intention to censor or restrict freedom of speech, but rather seeks to draw attention to the existing commitments and responsibilities of Elected Members and provides guidance for ensuring they do not inadvertently break them.