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Gelorup Nature Trail Officially Opened

The Gelorup Nature Trail was officially opened on Tuesday, September 19, with community members, Shire staff and members of Parliament in attendance.

Capel Shire President Murray Scott said the trail was developed by the Trails Management Group in late 2015, with the aim to provide an experience that allows locals and tourists to enjoy and value the unique environment.

“Projects like this walk trail, don’t just build themselves. Our great thanks go to the people who contributed their knowledge and creativity to many aspects of the project,” Mr Scott said.

Engineering Environmental Officer Rae McPherson said the track was situated on the north side of the Five Mile Brook, from Sheoak Park on Bussell Hwy to the Community Centre on Hasties Road.

“The Gelorup Nature Trail is a safe way for families to walk between Sheoak Park and the Gelorup Community centre and skate park, without having to cross a road,” Ms McPherson said.

“This Reserve contains remnant bushland, which has an array of wildflowers including native orchids, as well as roosting and foraging places for the endangered Black cockatoos and birds of prey.

“Children now have easier access to this natural native playground where they can explore the creek and the wild bushland spaces along the Trail.”

She said people interested in bird watching are in for a treat, as the populations of many different bird species move in and out as the seasons change, from winter wetlands with a fast-flowing creek, to a dry shady creek bed.

Ducks, cranes and spoonbills make way for magpies, eagles and willy wagtails as the season warms up, she said.


Capel Civic Precinct Toilet Block

The Shire of Capel advises that the construction of a new toilet block at the Capel Civic Precinct will start in November 2017.

The project  has been awarded to Landmark Production Ltd and the works include a toilet block with a shelter and minor landscaping around the block.

The block will house an electrical connection, with provision for an information display board at the shelter.

The construction work will take up to four weeks to complete and it is expected that the toilet block will be opened before Christmas 2017.

If you have any concerns or queries regarding the timing or the scope of works please do not hesitate to contact Shahin Mahmud on 97270222, or email at


Iluka Groundwater Monitoring Bores

On September 19 Iluka Resources will be installing additional groundwater monitoring bores around the Capel Dry Plant and South Capel sites.

The bores are for monitoring purposes only and will not be used to extract water.

It is anticipated the installation of the monitoring bores will take approximately two weeks.

For further information on the program, please do not hesitate to contact Iluka via or 1800 339 997.


Busselton Margaret River Airport International Air Freight Survey

Do you currently export or would you like to export your produce to international markets? Do you support a combined passenger airfreight service out of Busselton Margaret River Regional Airport?

Combining underbelly cargo with passenger services helps to build demand in international markets and reduces the risks to entering new markets.

The City of Busselton needs your input to build a strong case to attract international airlines! The City is asking you to complete this short survey to help us capture the information and data that supports air freight services out of the South West Region, direct to South East Asian destinations, including Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.

We want to hear from you

The Shire is encouraging residents to have their say on services and facilities in the area, through a community survey being sent out via post in the coming weeks.

Every two years the Shire conducts the Community Scorecard to understand how services and facilities in the area can be improved, it also helps determine the community’s current and future needs.

Residents over 18 years of age can complete the scorecard by Friday, September 29, using the reply paid envelope provided or submitting it online

Please note that you may not receive a copy in your letter box if you have ticked No Junk Mail, if this is the case, please use the links above to access the survey.

If you have any questions about this study we invite you to contact Community Services Executive Manager Michelle Plume at or Phone 9727 0222.