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Successful Mosquito Treatment Continues

Larval monitoring and factors including impending weather conditions allowed the Shire of Capel Health team to conduct another aerial larvicide treatment for the season last Thursday.

Adult mosquito trapping results indicated similar numbers at this time of year to previous years and residents are reminded to ‘Fight the Bite’ by wearing long loose clothing and using a mosquito repellent that contains DEET or Picardin.

The Health team attended the Party in the Precinct at the new Capel Civic Precinct at the weekend to promote the ‘Fight the Bite’ message.

Attendees discussed information regarding the mosquito management program and plenty of free merchandise was handed out.

If you would like further information please phone our office on 9727 0222.

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 (Stage 4) – Youth & Community Facility

Capel Shire Council agreed to review the Capel Civic Precinct Stage 4 at its Ordinary September Council meeting, after refusing any tender proposed for the project at its August Council meeting.

Shire of Capel Chief Executive Officer Ian McCabe said Council needed to make decisions based on long term outcomes.

“Council remains committed to providing facilities that will be well-utilised and deliver value to the community, but the youth and community centre promised by stage 4 will now be reviewed so that an evidence based facility will in time be delivered,” Mr McCabe said.

“Council resolved at this meeting to close out funding commitments and integrate the site with the completed stage 3 to maximise amenity.”

He said council agreed to reallocate $180,000 for works to complete Stage 3, upgrade the existing BMX pump track and tidy up interfaces between Stages 3, 3A and 4 in 2018/19.

Mr McCabe said renegotiations of grant funding agreements with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and Lotterywest would also get underway.

 

Motions tabled from the Special Electors’ Meeting – 14 September

Council, at its Ordinary September Council meeting, considered three motions from the Special Meeting of Electors held on 14 September 2018.

Shire of Capel Chief Executive Officer Ian McCabe said the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the repayment of support provided to Cr M Scott and ex-CEO Mr Sheedy to obtain legal advice and to retain legal representation to pursue cases for defamation against shire residents. This funding was paid directly to legal advisers and not to Cr Scott or Mr Sheedy.

The three motions put forward were:

  1. Revoke the approved funding of legal action related to alleged defamation;
  2. That no further rate payers’ money is spent on related legal costs; and
  3. That amended sections of policy 1.5 Legal Representation Costs and Indemnification Councillors and Employees be reinstated. Mr McCabe said the first motion was not actionable as the service had been delivered and the funds expended.

“Similarly, in relation to the second motion, there is no desire to spend any funds on legal issues but where a response is required or officers are diverted to related actions, such as attending a meeting or replying to an email, there are opportunity costs,” he said.

“In regard to the third motion, a commitment was made on 25 July to review this policy. It should be noted that the amendments referred to did not remove any section of the policy but instead re-located them to another section (from section 7 to section 3).”

Council in Brief – September

Motions tabled from the Special Electors’ Meeting – 14 September

Council, at its September Ordinary Council meeting, considered three motions from the Special Meeting of Electors held on 14 September 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the repayment of monies provided to Cr M Scott and ex-CEO Mr Sheedy to obtain legal advice and to retain legal representation to pursue cases for defamation against Shire residents.

The three motions put forward were:

  1. Revoke the approved funding of legal action related to alleged defamation;
  2. That no further rate payers’ money is spent on related legal costs; and
  3. That amended sections of policy 1.5 Legal Representation Costs and Indemnification Councillors and Employees be reinstated. Council received the first motion but noted it was not actionable as the service had been delivered and the funds expended. Similarly, in relation to the second motion, there is no desire to spend any funds on legal issues but where a response is required or officers are diverted to related actions, such as attending a meeting or replying to an email, there are opportunity costs. In regard to the third motion, a commitment was made on 25 July to review this policy. It should be noted that the amendments referred to did not remove any section of the policy but instead re-located them to another section (from section 7 to section 3).

Structure Plan Amendment – Dalyellup Beach Estate – Modification No. 14 – Lot 9105 Harewoods Road, Dalyellup

An amendment to the Structure Plan for Lot 9105 Harewoods Road, Dalyellup Beach Estate was considered and debated by Council. The amendment proposed 143 residential lots, regional and public open space, as well as community and recreational purposes sites. This amendment proposed to significantly reduce the previously listed tourism precinct from 14 to 1.8 hectares and this factor, as well inconsistency with liveable neighbourhood principles and policy as a bushfire prone area, led to Council declining the amendment. Council’s Decision will inform the WA Planning Commission, which will now make the final determination.

Local Structure Plan – Lot 4422 Weld Road, Capel

Council approved the proposed Local Structure Plan for future residential subdivision of Lot 4422 Weld Road, Capel. The Structure Plan seeks to facilitate the development of 20 residential lots at R5 density, a 20m wide road reserve, a 10m wide landscape buffer and potential drainage basin locations. Council’s Decision will inform the WA Planning Commission, which will now make the final determination.

 Local Structure Plan – Lot 2 Prowse Road, Capel

Council approved the Local Structure Plan to facilitate 24 residential lots, Public Open Space and Local road reserve at the south-west portion of the Capel Townsite, west of ‘Goodwood Estate.’ Council’s Decision will inform the WA Planning Commission, which will now make the final determination.

Adoption of Shire of Capel Drainage Strategy 2018

Council adopted the Shire of Capel Drainage Strategy 2018 and accepted the Management Actions for inclusion in the Long Term Financial Plan.

Capel Civic Precinct (Stage 4) – Youth & Community Facility

Council agreed to review the Capel Civic Precinct project and address the undeveloped space of Stage 4 by:

  1. Reallocating $180,000 for works to complete Stage 3, upgrade the existing BMX pump track and tidy up interfaces between Stages 3, 3A and 4 in 2018/19;
  2. Cancelling the remaining grant funding agreement with Lotterywest;
  3. Cancelling the existing grant funding agreement with Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science;
  4. Returning $61,654 to the Commonwealth’s Building Better Regions Fund (Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science) for grant funds claimed;
  5. Renegotiating grant funding agreement with Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development;
  6. Adjusting the Long Term Financial Plan to reflect this decision; and
  7. Reviewing the youth, community and business demands for Capel into the future.

Ian McCabe  – Chief Executive Officer