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Gelorup Rise – Power Line Down

Residents are advised that there is a fallen power line down across Gelorup Rise, near Hampstead Road in Gelorup.

Western Power have been contacted and Shire Staff are in attendance.

Please avoid the area until the power line has been cleared.

Severe Weather Warning

For people in South West and parts of Lower West, South Coastal and Great Southern districts.

Weather Situation:
A low pressure system will pass to the south of the State late Monday afternoon and evening.  A period of showers and thunderstorms with gusty winds is expected over the southwest of the State. Thunderstorms and showers associated with the low pressure system may produce DAMAGING WINDS to 100 kilometres per hour which could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

Conditions are expected to ease over the warning area from 10pm WST Monday.
Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Manjimup, Margaret River and Mount Barker. This is typical weather for this time of the year but winds may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, power lines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and do not use land line telephones if there is lightning.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
  • Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
  • Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
  • Be careful of fallen power lines. They are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
  • Assess your home, car and property for damage.
  • If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
  • If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.


CEO Steps Down After 20 Years

Longstanding Capel Shire Council chief executive officer Paul Sheedy announced his resignation last week, after 16 years in the position and 20 years at the Shire.

Mr Sheedy surprised Councillors and staff when he tendered his resignation prior to the September 2017 Council meeting.

Mr Sheedy’s last day at the Shire will be on June 29, 2018 which will allow adequate time for the Council to recruit a new chief executive officer prior to his departure.

Mr Sheedy said it was time to allow somebody else to take the organisation to the next phase.

“There are many exciting projects happening in the Shire over the next four to six years and it is important that the CEO of the Shire leads the organisation through this whole period,” Mr Sheedy said.

“Given that I will be 64 next year I cannot commit to this length of time, so it is time to move onto the next phase of my life.”

Mr Sheedy will not be lost to the local government industry, as he intends to move to Perth and undertake CEO relief duties throughout the state as the opportunities arise.

Council is currently seeking quotations from several recruitment agencies to assist in the recruit process, with a Recruitment Committee comprising of President, Deputy President and two Councillors being appointed at the Special Council meeting in October after the local government elections.

Council is expected to commence the recruitment advertising process in December with an appointment to be made in March 2018 to allow for a smooth transition before the current CEO’s departure.


Threatened Nature Reserve a Playground for Hoons

The Lakes Road and Harewoods Road Nature Reserve in Stratham has become a playground for hoons in Four-Wheel-Drives, and a dumping zone for rubbish and burnt car bodies.

The reserve has been classified as a Threatened Ecological Community; it is one of the most important habitats for the black cockatoo in the Shire. Black cockatoos are now under significant threat due to habitat loss, such as Banksia forests, found in the Lakes Road to Harewoods Road reserve.

Capel Shire Technical Services manager Kristin McKechie said every effort was being made to secure the site from inappropriate behaviour.

He said Shire staff had been working closely with stakeholders and community groups to have the area closed off and once this had happened a major clean-up would be conducted.

“This is an important site. It has been recognised at State and Federal levels and it is a valuable community asset, so we are doing everything we can to protect it,” he said.

“We have been working towards a solution with the community, the Council and the adjoining land holders. We want to get it right, but we also want people to understand that there has been a lot going on to get the area closed off and it doesn’t happen overnight.”

Funds have been acquired to secure the area with heavy duty gates and wire rope fences; this has been in consultation with the Water Corporation who owns the land along the banks of Five Mile Brook. Consultation has also been undertaken with the Capel LCDC and Stratham Progress Association.

Postal Voting Packages

It has come to the Shire’s attention that the postal voting packages have been delayed by approximately one week.

Postal voting forms are predicted to arrive in the post this week and residents are being encouraged to have their say.

Voting packages can be sent back via the reply paid envelope or brought into the Shire office.

You can view all the candidates profiles here.

You can also meet the candidates here.