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New Regional Tourism Manager



Thursday, 23 March 2017

New manager to drive tourism opportunities

Maximising tourism opportunities and fostering a unified approach in the Bunbury-Geographe region will be key priorities for a new Regional Tourism and Development Manager, who is set to begin the role next month.

Appointed as an integral part of the Bunbury-Wellington and Boyup Brook Regional Tourism Development Strategy, the Regional Tourism Marketing and Development Manager will focus on growing the industry and developing an annual implementation plan to address high priority areas identified in a Regional Action Plan.

Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup CEO Ben Rose said the strategy aimed at creating a unified approach to the management of tourism development, marketing and infrastructure across the City of Bunbury and Shires of Dardanup, Collie, Harvey, Capel, Donnybrook-Balingup and Boyup Brook. The strategy also includes partners Australia’s South West and the South West Development Commission.

“This Strategy aims to increase visitor nights to over two million and day trip visitors to over 1.6 million per annum by 2030,” Mr Rose said.

“A growth in visitation target of 1.9% annually has been set, which will see visitor expenditure reach $425,348,000 across the region by 2030.

“These targets will be achieved through positioning the region as an adventure-nature getaway bolstered by boutique wine, food, culture and shopping experiences.

“In turn, this will be leveraged through drive routes, themed maps, itineraries, website, events, and infrastructure.”

Mr Rose said tourism was vital to the region and it was important that local governments worked on a regional perspective to increase the effectiveness of campaigns.

The new manager, Anissa Williams, has extensive experience and understanding of the tourism sector.

Ms Williams said she looked forward to returning to a region she was genuinely passionate about after 15 years working in Queensland, the Northern Territory and internationally.

“I am thrilled to be offered the position at such a significant time,” she said. “The Bunbury-Geographe region is on the precipice of exciting change and growth.”

She applauded the seven local governments for coming together to drive tourism in the region.

“We have a strong plan and a clear vision,” she said. “By working together and in partnership with our industry stakeholders, tourism operators and the community, we can achieve great things.

“The Bunbury-Geographe has the potential to be the benchmark for all other tourism regions in Western Australia.”

Ms Williams will start on 19 April.

Restricted Burning Period

This Shire of Capel wishes to advise that from the 29th March 2017 we will be entering into our Restricted Burning Period (Permits Required to Burn) through until the 26th April (inclusive).

Initially however, permits will only be issued to farmers for genuine pasture burns only. Farmers will need to contact their local Fire Control Officer to obtain a Permit to Burn and then register their permit number and details with the Shire’s reception team by calling 9727 0222 during business hours.

General burning of the bush, or piles of “pushed up” material will not be permitted until conditions change further so as to sufficiently decrease the likely rate of spread of fires. Notice will be given when this change has occurred.

The Restricted Burning Period is a great opportunity to clear out dead branches, tree limbs etc. from your land without having to take them to landfill. This in turn helps you to reduce the potential fuel load on your land for the next fire season, and reduce any potential flying debris for the coming winter storm season, keeping you and your family safer. For more information regarding preparing your property for these situations, visit the ‘Are You Prepared?’ section of our website.

Culvert Duplication Hasties Road, Gelorup

As part of the Shire of Capel 2016/17 works program, a new concrete culvert is scheduled for construction under Hasties Road adjacent to the existing culvert between Hampstead Road and the fire station.

The construction is programmed to commence on Saturday 1st April 2017 with completion expected by 7th April 2017.

During the works, traffic management will be in place with Hasties Road closed to through traffic between Hampstead Rd and the fire station on Saturday 1st April and possibly Sunday 2nd April 2017 between the hours of 7am till 5pm. Traffic will be detoured along Hawkins Drive during the road closure.

The remainder of the works during the weekdays will be conducted under traffic control with part of the road closed at times.

Property access will be maintained during the works and pedestrian access will be maintained along Hasties Rd for the duration of the works.

Road users are urged to slow down when approaching the area, obey all signs and show courtesy to other road users.

For further information please contact Andrew Coulson, Shire of Capel on 9727 0222 or email on

Stratham in the Future

Do you want to have a say on what is missing in Stratham and what is required in the future?

Then you need to attend the Stratham Community Forum on Tuesday 28th March 2017 at the Capel Golf Club commencing at 7.00pm.

Shire staff will present feedback from the strategic community plan forum held at the Golf Club in December 2016, outline Council’s future plans for Stratham and surrounding areas in regards to roads and community facilities and how the community can submit requests for budget consideration.

Discussion will also be held on the possible formation of a Stratham Community Association.

A light supper and drinks will be provided at the conclusion.



Street Tree Pruning in Capel & Boyanup

The Shire of Capel will be conducting street tree pruning in Capel and Boyanup starting on Monday the 27th of March. These works should take a fortnight to complete and are to clear powerlines, footpaths and roads in the townsites.