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End of Restricted Burning Period

The Shire of Capel has decided that due to the more favourable weather conditions, the Restricted Burning Period for this fire season will not be extended beyond the 10th May 2017.

As of Thursday, 11th May 2017, residents will no longer need to apply for a Permit to Burn to undertake burning off on their property.

Although conditions are more suitable for burning, the community is reminded that the ground is still very dry and there is still potential for fires to escape if they are not managed properly.

Please also be considerate of your neighbours and advise them before lighting to avoid any undue concern.

East Dalyellup Sports Pavilion – Official Opening

The Shire of Capel wishes to advise that the Official Opening of the East Dalyellup Sports Pavilion will be held on Friday, 2 June 2017 at 10.00am. This event is open to the public, and members of the community are most welcome to attend.

The East Dalyellup Sports Pavilion is located on Ferndale Avenue, Dalyellup behind the Tuart Forest Primary School.

Upcoming Neighbourhood Watch Meetings

The Shire of Capel is hosting Neighbourhood Watch meetings in partnership with South West Police and Shire residents throughout the month of May. Neighbourhood Watch aims to reduce the incidents of preventable crime and preserve the way of life that we have come to enjoy.

The aim of these meetings is for residents to discuss any concerns they have regarding community safety with the Officer in Charge at Bunbury Police Station and a representative from the Shire of Capel. These will be the only scheduled Neighbourhood Watch meetings with police presence for 2017.

This will also be a great opportunity to obtain Neighbourhood Watch stickers to place on your rubbish bins and around your property. Statistics show that criminal activity reduces in areas where Neighbourhood Watch stickers are placed around the home due to fear of being caught.

We hope to see you all there! The dates and times are as follows:

  • Boyanup Community Centre – Tuesday, 2nd May 2017 at 6pm
  • Capel Community Centre – Tuesday, 9th May 2017 at 6pm
  • Dalyellup Community Centre – Tuesday, 16th May 2017 at 6pm

Preparing For Storms

Dangerous storms are the most common natural hazard in Australia and on average, cause more damage and destruction than cyclones, earthquakes, floods and bushfires.

Each year from May to October, storms, including tornados, thunder, lightning, hail, flash flooding and gale force winds cause major destruction.

Be prepared, stay safe and reduce the risk of damage to your home by taking these simple steps:

  • check your roof and gutters for loose materials;
  • clear gutters and downpipes of leaves and blockages;
  • trim branches near your home and clear trees from power lines;
  • clear rubbish from your yard, balcony or patio and put away any loose objects;
  • prepare an emergency kit with portable radio, torch, spare batteries, first aid kit and a family emergency plan; and
  • prepare an emergency plan including a relocation plan in case your home becomes flooded or severely storm damaged.

Don’t forget to include your pets in your preparation and planning!

Stay informed and keep up to date with the latest storm warnings and advice through the following channels:

  • through news bulletins on ABC Radio, TV or online;
  • on the Bureau of Meteorology’s website www.bom.gov.au; or
  • by calling the Land Weather Warnings and Flood Warnings Advice Line on 1300 659 213.

For more information please have a look at the following fact sheet and visit the ‘Are You Prepared’ section of our website.

Preparing for Storms – Fact Sheet

Smoke Alarms – Winter Approaches!

As winter approached we will start to think of ways of warming our homes.

With that of course come the potential for an increase in the possibility of fires occurring as we have heating sources close to flammable fuels.

One of the steps we can take in our households to warn us of fires is to have smoke alarms fitted in appropriate locations. They also need to be checked regularly to ensure that they work.

Please take a moment to read the following two Fact Sheets from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services regarding the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms.

Installing Smoke Alarms

Maintaining Your Smoke Alarms

If you see a fire, or life threatening emergency, call 000.

For information regarding active emergency incidents in your area please visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au