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Poor Disposal of Flares – Community Safety Risk

The Shire of Capel has received information that an Incandescent Parachute Flare was improperly used last week – an act that posed a risk to the community.

While flares are common amongst the boating members of our community, when they pass their use by date, they can only be disposed of by authorised agencies.

In the Capel region, our nearest contact points are Department of Transport – 9792 6607 or Busselton Volunteer Marine Rescue – 9754 7777.

The improper use of distress flares can cause unnecessary concern and activation of our volunteer emergency services. The flares can also start bush fires during our warmer months and this can pose a threat to our wider community.

If anyone has any information about people improperly using flares, please contact the Shire’s Ranger Services on 9727 0222.

Boat owners are reminded to make sure their flares are correctly and securely stored to avoid being stolen from their vessels.

Capel Civic Precinct Celebration Event

The Shire of Capel is excited to be hosting a community event to celebrate the completion of Stage 3 – Capel Civic Precinct.

There will be a raft of entertainment on offer including a band on the new stage at the amphitheatre, community stalls, skate and scooter demos and a roving pirate!

Come on down to Erle Scott Park from 10am to 2pm to “Party in the Precinct”.


Fallen Jarrah Tree Investigated

Friends of the Gelorup Corridor Members with the fallen jarrah tree.

On Tuesday morning, 11 September 2018, the Shire of Capel received an enquiry from Main Roads WA on whether the Shire had any knowledge of a large tree being felled within the Bunbury Outer Ring Road reserve, immediately north of Woods Road, Gelorup.

The Shire has undertaken an internal investigation and determined that it has not undertaken any works associated with this activity.

Approval to clear native vegetation rests with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.  Licenses to collect fire wood for residential purposes rests with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.


Budget 2018/19 Delivers Key Projects 

The 2018/19 budget was adopted by Council at its Ordinary Council meeting on 22 August 2018.

Shire of Capel Chief Executive Officer Ian McCabe said the budget was the culmination of many months of consultation and debate to produce the best outcomes at this time for all Shire residents.

He said the budget was a balancing act between assessing rates income and state and federal grants to ensure Council’s plans were delivered to meet the needs of the community.

“The main focus in preparing this budget was to deliver high-quality services while continuing to improve infrastructure,” he said.

“This included referencing the Long Term Financial Plan, the current Strategic Community Plan and submissions from the public.”

“With Council’s change to the rating model, this meant the timing of some projects was adjusted.”

He said there was a 6 per cent increase in the rate in the dollar across all property categories and this would allow major works and projects in the Shire to be delivered.

“One of the major projects included in the 2018/19 budget was $3.8 million dollars towards the Capel Civic Precinct project which is funded mainly by State and Federal governments”, he said.

Mr McCabe said while the construction tender was declined at Council’s August meeting, the project itself was still on the table and staff were reviewing aspects of the project to look for cost-saving measures and would provide a report to Council.

Other projects included in the 2018/19 budget: 

  • $10.4 million capital works program with no new loan borrowings, including a roads program of more than $1.9 million to address road reconstruction and Black Spot program sites, gravel re-sheeting and bitumen and asphalt re-seals;
  • $0.6 million for heavy plant and vehicles;
  • $0.5 million for the upgrade of Boyanup sports facilities;
  • $0.5 million for emergency services vehicles;
  • $0.2 million for asset improvements;
  • $0.2 million for footpaths;
  • $0.2 million drainage improvements;
  • $0.1 million for trails; and
  • $0.1 million in information technology improvements.

Mr McCabe said the Council would conduct a review of debt holdings, financial reserves and the Long-Term Financial Plan in the coming year in preparation for next year’s budget to ensure long-term viability.

State Award Winners

The Shire of Capel was the winner of two categories at the 2018 Children’s Environment & Health Local Government Policy Awards, hosted by the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA.

The Shire was named a winner in the Shade in Public Places category for its playground shade sail program, developed through a process of prioritisation using Cancer Council guidelines and as per the Council policy.

The Shire was also the winner of the Child Health and Development category for the Capel Youth Collective Drama Club, which is designed to provide opportunities for young people to learn and develop life skills to help them to achieve their goals.

Capel Shire Council President Murray Scott said winning the awards was a great achievement and one which reflected a positive change in the community.

“To see the Shire up against major metro councils and win two categories is fantastic and the staff involved should be very proud of the work they have achieved,” he said.

“Both of these programs improve the lives of people living in our community and promote healthy opportunities for children.

“The awards are a strong reflection of the dedicated commitment and work put in by staff, in particular, the community development team and the positive public health-related policy decisions made by Council over the past 12 months.”

Youth Development Officer Chloerissa Eadie said she had seen youth develop genuine relationships through team building activities and they had boosted their self-confidence through performance.

“The drama club has been a vehicle for engaging youth in the community and developed skills to respond to issues impacting on their lives,” Ms Eadie said.

Capel Shire Principal Environmental Health Officer Mark Chadwick said the Shire also received a high A+ report card rating for the Climate Change category, which reflected the sustainable work being done with schools across the shire.

One of the more significant projects completed in 2017-18 was the Recycle Right in Capel project, which was the distribution of 2000 kitchen bin caddies to encourage green waste disposal.

This project resulted in grant expenditure of $141,000 spent over three years towards waste recycling in the Shire.

“The project involved the participation of children from Tuart Forest Primary School, John Calvin Christian College and Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School,” Mr Chadwick said.

He said the project also resulted in the production of videos for social media and TV which was used to educate children and the community about how they can watch their waste.