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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.



Ironman Road Closures and Traffic Changes

The 15th anniversary of Ironman Western Australia kicks off in Busselton on Sunday, December 2, with part of the route taking place in the Shire of Capel.

The following road closures and changes to traffic conditions in the Shire of Capel are as follows:

Road affected Time Details
Forrest Beach Road – between Layman Road and Ludlow Road North 4:00am – 5:30pm Road closed. Exit onto Ludlow Rd Nth towards Tuart Drive
Ludlow Road North – between Tuart Drive and Peppermint Grove Road 5:00am – 5:30pm Road closed
Stirling Road – between Ludlow Road North and Mallokup Road 5:00am – 5:30pm Road closed
Forrest Beach Road 4:00am – 5:30pm Detour – Exit onto Ludlow Road North Towards Tuart Drive. Wonnerup Floodgates closed to all vehicles.
Peppermint Grove Beach 4:00am – 5:30pm Local access only – Use Mallokup Road to and from Bussell Highway
Tuart Drive between Tall Tree Crescent and Bussell Highway 5:00am – 5:30pm Road Closed

For further information on the changed traffic conditions please call 1300 761 384 or visit

The below map shows the bike leg route, which goes through the Shire of Capel.

Adopted Off Lead Dog Exercise Areas

The Shire of Capel wishes to advise that the following areas have been adopted by Council as Dog Exercise Areas (Off-Lead):


  • Reserve No. 8333 – Diggers Rest Reserve
  • Reserve No. 42949 – corner of Ray Street & Penn Street
  • The rear of Reserve No. 35058 – Old Pony Club Grounds, Thomas Street


  • Reserve No. 9515 – Hannaby Park, West Road
  • Reserve No. 21929 – Between Weld Road & Gavins Road
  • Reserve No. 33261 – Capel Recreation Ground (outside perimeter only, not including the oval), corner of Goodwood Road & Berkshire Street


  • The south west portion of Reserve No. 31012 – corner of Sherwood Drive and Harewoods Road
  • The southern portion of Public Open Space between Harewoods Road, Hornibrook Road and Edwinstone Close
  • The southern portion of Reserve 51235 – corner of Bibra Loop and Gutmann Parkway
  • Reserve No. 51426 – Eastern portion of the oval (behind the goal posts) corner of Crystal Bend and Reeves Approach


  • Reserve No. 45214 – Sleaford Drive
  • Reserve No. 29470 – corner of Frances Road and Jules Road
  • Reserve No. 36754 – Hasties Road (behind the Community Centre)
  • Reserve No. 35462 – Hampstead Street

The following has been adopted by Council in relation to dogs along Dalyellup Beach and Forrest Beach:

Dalyellup Beach

  • Beach to the north of the Norton Promenade Beach Access up to the border with City of Bunbury – Dog Off-Lead all year round
  • Beach between Dalyellup Boulevard access and Norton Promenade access – Seasonal Dog On-Lead Area. From 1 November to 30 April each year dogs will be required to be on-lead between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Dogs are permitted off-lead at all other times.
  • Beach to the south of Dalyellup Boulevard Access – Dog Off-Lead all year round down to the vehicle turn around point.

Forrest Beach

  • Public beach between both beach access points along Forrest Road – Dog On-Lead all year round.

Maps showing the exact locations of these areas are available on here, at the Shire Offices or at the Shire of Capel Libraries in Boyanup, Capel and Dalyellup.

The public is advised that these areas come in to effect from Saturday, 8 December 2018.




Restricted Burning Period Starts – Nov 2

A reminder to all residents that the Restricted Burning Period starts this Friday, 2 November 2018.

This means no burning off or lighting open fires without obtaining a Permit to Burn from your local Fire Control Officer (FCO).

Contact details for your local FCO can be found here at the Emergency Contacts Resource Directory.