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Capel Police Station Consultation Meeting

WA Police have issued a public notice inviting residents, landowners and businesses to attend a meeting in relation to the proposed Capel police station.

Capel Shire Council President Murray Scott said the Capel police station is a State Government election commitment, therefore the Council is only involved in the land tenure arrangements and the provision of planning advice.

Mr Scott said WA Police had identified the Crown Reserve at 23 Spurr St (lot 30930) Capel as the preferred site.

The community is invited to learn more about the design and operations of the proposed station by attending a consultation meeting at the Capel Community Centre at 5.30pm on Thursday 21 February 2019.

More details about the meeting or to submit your questions to WA Police email – these questions will be discussed at the meeting.

Bush Fire Season Outlook

It is expected that the South West region is likely to have an extended bushfire season due to dryer weather conditions, according to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services Strategic Intelligence Outlook for the next three months.

The increased bushfire risk is likely to occur in late January and extend into April and May 2019.

The likelihood of an extended fire season is a timely reminder of the importance of keeping our properties fire safe for the whole of the fire season until we receive rain to help dampen the risk of bush fire.

If fire conditions do extend well into Autumn, the Shire may have to consider extensions of at least the Prohibited Burning period and maybe the Restricted Burning Period. The need to consider restrictions on burning will of course be influenced by community expectations/needs to be able to conduct pasture burns, but which will be balanced against the risk.

The outlook suggests that many fires are suspiciously lit and this causes unnecessary response by our Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades at personal risk to their members. DFES and the Shire actively encourage people with knowledge of suspicious fires or arson to report this information to Police.

Please complete the online form at  or ring Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Community Engagement in Dalyellup

Hundreds of Dalyellup residents shared their ideas about what they would like to see in their community at the inaugural Dalyellup Community Christmas Festival at the weekend.

Department of Communities staff and Shire of Capel staff were connecting with residents to find out what sorts of spaces, activities and places they thought would create a more connected community.

Capel Shire Council Chief Executive Officer Ian McCabe said it was important to gain information from residents in order to deliver services, infrastructure and events which meet the needs of the community.

“From the information we received it was evident that people would like to see more events and more activation of public open spaces,” Mr McCabe said.

“This is the first of a series of consultation opportunities which will take place in Dalyellup over the coming months.

“We are encouraging everyone to have their say and input into how we can make Dalyellup a more connected community.”

If you would like to get involved there will be a Dalyellup Community Actions and Ideas Workshop on Tuesday, 5 February from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. To RSVP visit

Capel Shire Revealed as Top Place to Live

In a recent university-led study the Shire of Capel topped the South West for overall quality of life, boosted by favourable perceptions of education, employment, wealth and health.

The South West has been revealed as one of the happiest regions in WA on a quality of life index compiled by researchers and students from Bond University’s Happiness Project.

Statistics were collated from a range of national and local data on housing, health, education, employment, community, wealth, work-life balance, safety and accessibility to determine the ‘happiest’ places in the country.

Capel Shire Council President Murray Scott said he was pleased to hear that the Shire was ranked the happiest place in the South West to live.

“It is attributed to the fantastic lifestyle we have on offer and the natural assets which make it such a great place,” Mr Scott said.

“There are so many great things to do in the Shire and it is a credit to the people who make up our community.”

It revealed jurisdictions in the South West generally compared favourably to the rest of regional WA, though most areas were still ranked below local government areas in Perth.

Margaret River and Busselton were also among the top performers in WA for health and employment, though both lost marks on housing and safety.

The lowest perceptions of quality of life came from the jurisdictions of Collie, Bunbury and Nannup.

Work-life balance was highlighted as a key concern in Collie and Nannup, while Bunbury was rated down on housing and safety.

Much of the data was taken from the 2016 Census and public health data from 2017.


Prohibited Burning Period in Place – Dec 1

The Prohibited Burning Period for the Shire of Capel starts this Saturday, December 1.

This means that no burning off in the Shire will be permitted from this Saturday until at least 15 March 2019.

Rapidly drying conditions, coupled with high fuel levels caused by above average winter rain, has meant that the risk of bushfire has increased.

If you have any questions on this matter please contact the Shire on 9727 0222.