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Your Rates Bill Covers More Than Just Your Rates

The Shire of Capel supports the current WALGA media campaign highlighting that Local Governments are not responsible for setting the Emergency Services Levy, but are required by law to collect this on behalf of the State Government.

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Your Rates Bill Covers More Than Just Your Rates

Did you know that whilst the Emergency Services Levy is collected as part of the rates notice, it is actually a State Government revenue source?

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Notice of Proposed Local Laws

Please see the following notice regarding amendments made to the draft local laws. The new period of public comment is now open. All submissions must be lodged by the close of business Friday, 25 August 2017.

Shire of Capel – Notice of Proposed Local Laws

Draft Cat and Dog Local Laws

The above copy of the Draft Cat and Dog Local Laws has been extracted from the Agenda Attachments that were tabled at the Shire of Capel Council Meeting held on Wednesday, 28 June 2017. The Minutes of this meeting, and a full list of submissions received during the initial period of public comment (located in the Attachments to the Agenda) can be viewed on the Agenda & Minutes 2017 page of our website.

How Prepared Is Your Property?

Bushfires can be devastating – and whilst they can occur all year round, they are more common in the Summer months when the environment is at its hottest and driest. Don’t wait until summer to start preparing your home and family for the bushfire season. There are things you can all year round to keep your property maintained and well prepared. The added benefit of which is that not only will you be reducing your bushfire risk, you will also be keeping on top of your preparedness for winter storms as well.

To help prepare your property for bushfire take these simple steps as a starting point;

Through Autumn and Winter:
– Prune trees to remove lower branches
– Clear long grass, rake leaves and twigs, and prune flammable shrubs
– Spray grass and weeds with suitable herbicide
– Ensure petrol and other flammable materials are stored away from your home
– Make sure your personal and home protection equipment is in good working order
– Overhaul your emergency pump, if you have one
– Develop, or review, your bushfire survival plan. Make sure everyone in the family/household knows what to do in a fire
– Move woodpiles and stacked timber away from the house
– Keep the grass short. On farms, keep grazing levels high

During Spring:
– Clean out gutters and remove debris from your roof
– Prepare your emergency kit, including your bushfire survival plan

In early Summer:
– Water lawns, trees and shrubs near buildings (on your rostered watering days) to keep them as green as possible
– Recheck personal and home protection gear, screens, water supplies and gutters.

For more information about how to prepare and maintain your property to reduce risk during bushfire and other incidents such as storm and flood, have a look at the ‘Are You Prepared?’ section of our website. In addition to this, more information can be found on the DFES website.

Hardwaste Collection Dates 2017

Please see below the Hardwaste collection dates for 2017.

Hardwaste Monday 17 July – Friday 28 July 2017

All waste must be placed on the verge prior to 7.00am Monday on the week of collection.

Please note that the contractor will only check your kerb once.