Archive for General News


Bunbury Geographe Growth Plan – Council endorsed the Bunbury Geographe Growth Plan Strategy and supported the ongoing marketing of the branding and strategic objectives of the Plan. The Plan is a partnership between the City of Bunbury and Shires of Capel, Dardanup and Harvey with funding from the state government that has identified a number of key priorities to grow the Greater Bunbury region in partnership with industry and key organisations. The Growth Plan and additional information is available on the website


Program of Works – Paths – A five year (2017/18 – 2021/22) Paths program was adopted by Council that will see $1,467,304 invested in paths throughout the Shire over the next five year period, with $389,854 being allocated during this period to renewals, which is replacing existing paths that have reached the end of their life.


Storage Shed Capel Horse and Pony Club – A request from the Horse and Pony Club Capel, to construct an open sided shelter to store a tractor used to maintain the grounds and trailers containing show jumping, dressage and games equipment at the Capel Equestrian Centre grounds in Capel, has been approved by Council subject to compliance with the Building Code of Australia.


Road Closures in Capel – Council has approved the closure of John Hogg Road, and portions of Cable Mine Road, Yeardy Road and Cloverdale Road to the public for a period of 3 years to maintain site safety and security during the continuation of Iluka’s mining operations. The adjoining landowner will be provided with a key to gates to allow access along Cable Mine Road.


Forrest Beach Road & Bridge Closure – As Water Corporation were unable to complete the works to replace the bridge on Forrest Beach Road during the last summer period Council has given approval for a new closure period of six months from 1st May to 31st October 2017.


Scheme Amendment – Capel Drive – Council has approved the initiation of a scheme amendment that will facilitate the establishment of a residential dwelling on 158 Capel Drive, Capel to support the intended use of Craft shop.


Donations 2017/18 – As part of the 2017/18 draft budget preparation Council has approved a number of donations to local community organisations, an allocation to the Lord Mayor’s Relief Fund, state and national sports representatives from within the Shire and an allocation for minor and discretionary donations to meet requests that are received during the financial year. A total of $23,360 has been approved for the 2017/18 budget.


Community and Councillor Budget Requests – Following the advertising earlier in the calendar year for community members and Councillors to submit requests for budget consideration in the 2017/18 budget, a number of requests were received. A number of the requests have already been included in the budget under normal operations and in addition a further $96,514 was approved for inclusion in the draft budget. A major expenditure item will be to provide an additional bus shelter and seal the existing gravel area at the school bus pickup on Goodwood Road, Capel following numerous complaints.


Fees and Charges – In reviewing the various current fees and charges that are levied by the Shire for items as hall hire, dog and cat and animal controls and other services, Council has approved in most cases a CPI increase for the next financial year, with waste collection fees both for the household collection and at the transfer site remaining the same in most cases.


Differential Rates – In adopting the differential rates in the dollar to be levied on all properties in the Shire for the 2017/18 financial year Council sought to reduce the number of different rates in the dollar down to five whilst seeking to achieve an overall total rate revenue increase of 6%. However with the proposal to achieve a lower number of different rates in the dollar some rate categories will receive increases above the 6% whilst others will be below 6%.|
The differential rating is now being advertised for public comment, closing on Friday 26th May 2017. Copies of the proposed rates in the dollar for each rate category and the ‘Objects and Reason’ are available from the Shire Administration Office, on the Shire’s website and at each Library throughout the Shire.


Rugby Goal Posts – With the completion of the East Dalyellup Sports Pavilion junior rugby has expressed an interest in using the oval and facilities for this coming winter season. As a result Council has approved an unbudgeted expenditure of $7,628 to have junior rugby goal posts purchased and erected immediately to allow the club to start using the oval and facilities.



End of Restricted Burning Period

The Shire of Capel has decided that due to the more favourable weather conditions, the Restricted Burning Period for this fire season will not be extended beyond the 10th May 2017.

As of Thursday, 11th May 2017, residents will no longer need to apply for a Permit to Burn to undertake burning off on their property.

Although conditions are more suitable for burning, the community is reminded that the ground is still very dry and there is still potential for fires to escape if they are not managed properly.

Please also be considerate of your neighbours and advise them before lighting to avoid any undue concern.

Reporting a faulty streetlight

For information on how to report a faulty street light to Western Power please click the link below:


Upcoming Neighbourhood Watch Meetings

The Shire of Capel is hosting Neighbourhood Watch meetings in partnership with South West Police and Shire residents throughout the month of May. Neighbourhood Watch aims to reduce the incidents of preventable crime and preserve the way of life that we have come to enjoy.

The aim of these meetings is for residents to discuss any concerns they have regarding community safety with the Officer in Charge at Bunbury Police Station and a representative from the Shire of Capel. These will be the only scheduled Neighbourhood Watch meetings with police presence for 2017.

This will also be a great opportunity to obtain Neighbourhood Watch stickers to place on your rubbish bins and around your property. Statistics show that criminal activity reduces in areas where Neighbourhood Watch stickers are placed around the home due to fear of being caught.

We hope to see you all there! The dates and times are as follows:

  • Boyanup Community Centre – Tuesday, 2nd May 2017 at 6pm
  • Capel Community Centre – Tuesday, 9th May 2017 at 6pm
  • Dalyellup Community Centre – Tuesday, 16th May 2017 at 6pm

Preparing For Storms

Dangerous storms are the most common natural hazard in Australia and on average, cause more damage and destruction than cyclones, earthquakes, floods and bushfires.

Each year from May to October, storms, including tornados, thunder, lightning, hail, flash flooding and gale force winds cause major destruction.

Be prepared, stay safe and reduce the risk of damage to your home by taking these simple steps:

  • check your roof and gutters for loose materials;
  • clear gutters and downpipes of leaves and blockages;
  • trim branches near your home and clear trees from power lines;
  • clear rubbish from your yard, balcony or patio and put away any loose objects;
  • prepare an emergency kit with portable radio, torch, spare batteries, first aid kit and a family emergency plan; and
  • prepare an emergency plan including a relocation plan in case your home becomes flooded or severely storm damaged.

Don’t forget to include your pets in your preparation and planning!

Stay informed and keep up to date with the latest storm warnings and advice through the following channels:

  • through news bulletins on ABC Radio, TV or online;
  • on the Bureau of Meteorology’s website; or
  • by calling the Land Weather Warnings and Flood Warnings Advice Line on 1300 659 213.

For more information please have a look at the following fact sheet and visit the ‘Are You Prepared’ section of our website.

Preparing for Storms – Fact Sheet