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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.

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.

Restricted Burning Period – Open for Pasture Burns Only

From Tuesday, April 3 the Shire moved into the Restricted Burning Period. However, at this stage, Permits to Burn are being issued only to Farmers for Pasture Burns.

Notice will be given on the Shire of Capel Website and Facebook pages to advise when the decision is made to allow Permits to Burn to be issued to all remaining landowners.

Permits to Burn MUST be obtained from your local Bush Fire Control Officer PRIOR to burning off.

Burning without a valid permit is prohibited and a penalty notice may be issued.

New Chief Executive Officer Appointed

Capel Shire Council appointed Ian McCabe as Chief Executive Officer at its March meeting and he will take up the position on July 2.

Mr McCabe joins the shire after a five-year appointment as CEO at the Shire of Wyalkatchem, guiding the organisation to a top 10 status in WA for financial health and sector leadership in emergency services, health and age-friendly communities.

He said his passion for local government, coupled with his broad business and finance experience stands him in good stead to take over the reins from long-standing CEO Paul Sheedy who has been in the position for 16 years.

“I am looking forward to making a difference across the wider community,” he said.

“I am a great believer in communication because if the message to the community isn’t understood and isn’t visionary you aren’t going to get support.

“I will be looking to add value to what is already being done and will look for opportunities to improve and contribute to the community.”

Capel Shire Council President Murray Scott welcomed the appointment of the new CEO after a thorough recruitment process.

“Like anything new, there are going to be changes and we look forward to working together and welcoming new opportunities,” Mr Scott said.

“I thank Paul for the outstanding contribution to local government, especially the Shire of Capel”.

Feedback Wanted for Dog Exercise Areas Review

Capel Shire Council and staff are currently undertaking a review of the Dog Exercise and Dog Prohibited Areas within the Shire of Capel and welcome resident’s input in shaping the requirements and expectations of these areas.

The aim of the review process is to ascertain the best areas for designated dog exercise areas, as well as any required dog prohibited areas, with remaining areas being mandatory Dog On Lead At All Times.

Help shape what will meet the needs of the Shire’s residents.

Complete the survey here:

The Survey will be open for completion until 4.00pm on Monday, 9 April 2018.

The survey will be followed by community forums to review the survey data between May and June 2018 (exact dates still to be confirmed).

To receive updates on the dates and times of the upcoming community forums, as well as the progress and outcomes of this review, register your email address at the end of the survey form.