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Construction Underway to Develop the Capel Civic Precinct

Construction of the Capel Civic Precinct Stage 3 is underway at Erle Scott Reserve and is set to transform the space into a community hub.

For the next six months the site will be closed to the public, including the playground and skate park.

The existing information shelter will be replaced with an electronic board, which will provide new information to tourists and residents.

The $2.7 million project works includes new all abilities play equipment and nature play space, shelters, BBQs, seating and landscaping.

A formal amphitheatre will be constructed and a skateable link between the existing skate park and Forrest Road will be created.

Capel Shire Chief Executive Officer Paul Sheedy said developing this area would bring vibrancy to the town, attract visitors and allow more events to take place in the Shire.

Mr Sheedy said sustainability was a critical component of the project, therefore some of the existing trees on the site would remain and sustainable display gardens were part of the concept design.

Capel Shire Council awarded Perkins (WA) Pty Ltd the tender for the Capel Civic Precinct Stage 3 Development works at its December council meeting.

The new amenity building was completed early last month and will remain open to the public during construction.

If you have any questions about the project please call the Shire Office on 9727 0222.

New Library and Community Services Website

We are excited to announce the launch of a new website which will be a new information source for library services, events and activities in the Shire.

The new Library and Community Services website will provide a key portal to the local community, providing key information in the areas of library services, youth, seniors, disability access and inclusion, community safety and recreation.

The Shire will regularly update these areas as new programs and initiatives are promoted and implemented.

Another key function of this website will be the new events tab, which will enable the Shire to advertise and promote key community events in the areas listed above, as well as providing a central point for local community groups and organisations to promote their activities and events.

Please contact the Shire of Capel on 9727 0222 or if you wish to advertise your community event on this new and exciting website.

You can access the website at 




Community Budget Requests and Grants

Capel Shire Council is calling on community members to put forward requests for consideration in the 2018/19 draft financial year budget.

Council will consider community projects, sponsorship ideas, new services and improvements to Council buildings, assets, facilities and services.

To have an item considered it needs to be submitted in writing, stating the costs and benefits to the community, by Friday, March 2 at 4pm.

Submissions must be addressed to Executive Manager Corporate Services, Shire of Capel, PO Box 369, Capel, WA 6271 or email

All submissions will be considered as part of the budget process with outcomes advised in August when the budget is adopted.

If you are seeking a financial contribution towards a small project or event, then you can submit a Minor Community Grant application as outlined below.

Minor Community Grants

  • Funding application for projects under $10,000
  • Applications open August / September 2018
  • Applications close October 2018
  • Projects under $2,000 can seek up to 50 per cent contribution
  • Projects under $10,000 can seek up to 1/3 of the total project cost with a maximum of $3,333
  • Applicants must speak with Community Development Staff.

 Ongoing Maintenance Requests

  • Requests can be submitted at any time via
  • Requests will be determined on priority and annual budget maintenance allocations being available.

Secure Your Horses

Residents, particularly around the Stratham locality, are urged to ensure their horses are well secured on their property.

This advice follows a spate of recent incidents where people have entered private properties and unlocked gates allowing horses to wander out onto roadways, posing a dangerous situation for road users and serious implications for the animals involved.

Property owners are also asked to be vigilant regarding “out of the normal” activities and report any suspicious behaviour to the Bunbury Police.

Minor Community Grants Scheme

The Shire’s Minor Community Grants Scheme will open on January 1, 2018!

The Minor Community Grants Scheme is a Shire of Capel initiative established to support the development of the community through the provision of community funding opportunities.

Community groups, clubs and organisations that require financial assistance are encouraged to apply under these schemes for projects in the following areas:

  • Sport and recreation
  • Youth development
  • Culture, arts and events
  • Equipment and minor projects

Please give Donna Sims a call on 9727 0222 to discuss your project.

The Minor Community Grants Scheme closes at 4pm on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.