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Outstanding Volunteers’ Breakfast 2017

For those that missed it, back on Tuesday December 5 2017 the Shire held it’s annual Outstanding Volunteers’ Breakfast to coincide with celebrations for International Volunteers’ Day.

One hundred volunteers from across the Shire of Capel arrived at the Elgin Hall to assist, and assist they did with conversation and consumption of the wonderful buffet breakfast.

As the volunteers entered the Hall, a smiling usher who set the tone of enjoyment and banter greeted them. The Elgin Hall was bustling with joviality, from people rekindling friendships and forming new networks.

Toni Steinbrenner and Win Savage gave a presentation about the Capel Country Womens Association and their recent SHOUT Retro Blast event.

Mr Michael Tichbon gave a heart-warming speech when he was presented with a WA Volunteer Service Award for 25 plus years of service to the Capel Land Conservation District Committee.

The Department of Communities, the Capel Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank and the Shire of Capel proudly supported the Shire’s Outstanding Volunteers’ Breakfast for 2017, with the aim of honouring valuable members of service groups, sporting bodies and community groups for their dedicated community involvement.



Fire Break Contractors List for 2017/18

Are you a local contractor able to provide any or all of the below services to residents/businesses in the Shire of Capel area?

If so, please email through your details to attention to Marisa Blandford, by 4pm on Friday, 15th September 2017 for inclusion in the Fire Break Contractors List for 2017/18. This list will be distributed with the annual Bush Fire Order at the end of September and will also be published on the Shire’s Website.  Contractors on the list will receive an electronic copy of each of the Bush Fire Orders so that they can clearly see the requirements for each property type.

Services needed:

  • Installation of both 2 metre and 3 metre firebreaks where required (fire breaks MUST be cleared to a raw mineral state)
  • Slashing
  • Tree lopping/pruning/removal
  • Spraying
  • Mowing/Whipper Snipping
  • Block Clearing
  • Vegetation Removal
  • Gutter Cleaning
  • Rotary Hoeing

If you are able to provide some, or all, of the above services and would like to be added to the list please include the following details in your email:

  • Business Name
  • Contact Name & Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Areas Covered (All of the Shire, or specific suburbs only)
  • Services Provided

Please note that inclusion on the Fire Break Contractor List for 2017/18 is for public reference only. Contractors listed are not employed by or recommended by the Shire of Capel. The Shire of Capel is not responsible for any works carried out by privately engaged contractors.

Seasonal Use of Recreational Sports Grounds Including Hard Courts (Summer 2017-2018 Season)

Applications are invited from Sporting Clubs requiring the use of Council managed reserves, including hard courts, during the 2017-2018 Summer Season (01 October 2017 – 31 March 2018).

Application forms for Recreational Sports Grounds are below, or alternatively from the Shire Office, Capel Public Library, Boyanup Public Library, Dalyellup Public Library or by contacting Jeremy O’Neill  – 08 9727 0222 or email .

Completed applications must be returned no later than 4.30pm, Friday 15 September 2017.

From the applications received, a ground usage will be scheduled and ground hire charges will be raised.

GST will be proportionally applied to all ground use within the Shire.

Should you require any further information, please feel free to contact Jeremy O’Neill – 08 9727 0222 or email .

Seasonal Tenancy Application Boyanup – Summer 2017-18

Seasonal Tenancy Application Capel – Summer 2017-18

Seasonal Tenancy Application Dalyellup – Summer 2017-18

Preparing Your Emergency Survival Kit

Having an emergency survival kit is an important step to prepare and protect your household for an emergency such as a storm or bushfire.

Your Emergency Survival Kit should be kept in a storage container/backpack in a location that is easy to get to and the whole family knows about.

Recommended items to include in your kit are:

  • a portable battery operated AM/FM radio
  • a waterproof torch
  • spare batteries
  • a first aid kit with manual
  • candles and waterproof matches
  • woollen blankets
  • a list of emergency contact numbers (laminated if possible so as to protect from water)
  • some basic non-perishable food items (museli bars, tinned beans etc)
  • bottled water
  • toilet paper
  • garbage bags

Don’t forget to prepare for your pets as well. Make sure your pet is wearing an identification tag at all times. Make up a container/backpack for your pet/s also, again in a storage container in a location you can get to easily and that the whole family knows about.

Recommended items to include in your pet’s kit are:

  • a spare leash and collar
  • a basket or pet bed
  • any medications your pet requires
  • enough food for at least 3 days
  • a familiar toy
  • a water bowl and food bowl

Simple things like the above can help reduce the stress for your pet in an emergency, and in turn for you, knowing you have the basics to hand to care for them should you need to evacuate or be unable to leave your property.

How Prepared Is Your Property?

Bushfires can be devastating – and whilst they can occur all year round, they are more common in the Summer months when the environment is at its hottest and driest. Don’t wait until summer to start preparing your home and family for the bushfire season. There are things you can all year round to keep your property maintained and well prepared. The added benefit of which is that not only will you be reducing your bushfire risk, you will also be keeping on top of your preparedness for winter storms as well.

To help prepare your property for bushfire take these simple steps as a starting point;

Through Autumn and Winter:
– Prune trees to remove lower branches
– Clear long grass, rake leaves and twigs, and prune flammable shrubs
– Spray grass and weeds with suitable herbicide
– Ensure petrol and other flammable materials are stored away from your home
– Make sure your personal and home protection equipment is in good working order
– Overhaul your emergency pump, if you have one
– Develop, or review, your bushfire survival plan. Make sure everyone in the family/household knows what to do in a fire
– Move woodpiles and stacked timber away from the house
– Keep the grass short. On farms, keep grazing levels high

During Spring:
– Clean out gutters and remove debris from your roof
– Prepare your emergency kit, including your bushfire survival plan

In early Summer:
– Water lawns, trees and shrubs near buildings (on your rostered watering days) to keep them as green as possible
– Recheck personal and home protection gear, screens, water supplies and gutters.

For more information about how to prepare and maintain your property to reduce risk during bushfire and other incidents such as storm and flood, have a look at the ‘Are You Prepared?’ section of our website. In addition to this, more information can be found on the DFES website.