Archive for Notices – Page 2

Prohibited Burning Period in Place

Heading into the Australia Day long weekend, the Shire of Capel would like to remind all residents and visitors that we are in the Prohibited Burning Period.

As such, all fires are prohibited within the Shire District, this includes fires on the beaches and foreshores.

Boyanup Recreation Ground Refurbishments

The Boyanup Recreation Ground facilities will receive an overhaul in the coming months, with refurbishments taking place at the clubrooms and hard courts.

The first project will be the Cardinals Junior Football Clubrooms and kitchen area undergoing renovations this Wednesday, January 23, with works expected to be completed by April 2019.

The basketball clubrooms will start refurbishments in February and will be completed by mid March, followed by the Bowling Clubrooms to be finished by June and lastly the Boyanup hard courts to commence work in April and be finalised by June 2019.

The facilities will be closed during renovations and we apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.

If you have any questions please call 9727 0222.

 

 

Standpipes Usage Changes

From 1 July 2019 the two fixed water standpipes located in Boyanup and Capel will no longer be available for community and commercial use, due to changes to Water Corporation charges.

The standpipes will be available for fire fighting purposes during emergency fire events and declared times of drought by the State Government when farmers would be able to access the water at a concessional rate. The Shire will also be able maintain the emergency services function without significant increases in water costs.

These changes came after the Water Corporation advised rural local governments that as of 1 July 2019 new water charges would apply to fixed standpipes based on the category of the standpipe and requested that all LGAs categorise their standpipes.

Due to the significant increase in the commercial service water charges being introduced by the Water Corporation, the Shire of Capel has chosen to classify its two existing standpipes as ‘Fire Fighting’ standpipes and padlock them using the Shire’s standard fire control padlocks as of 1 July 2019.

Unfortunately, this decision restricts access to the community and commercial operators who may have previously accessed the service.

Further advertising will take place leading up to 1 July 2019 so the community is well aware of the changes.

The current arrangements for standpipe use will remain in place until that time.

Further information from the Water Corporation on Fixed Standpipes can be accessed via the link below:

 

Proposed Amendment No. 27 Dalyellup East Local Structure Plan

In accordance with the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015, notice is hereby given that Harley Dykstra has prepared the proposed Amendment No. 27 to the Dalyellup East Local Structure Plan at Lots 500 Bussell Highway and 3001 Centenary Road, Dalyellup.

Plans and documents setting out and explaining the proposed Structure Plan Amendment have been deposited at the Shire Administrative Office in Forrest Road, Capel and at the Dalyellup Library Portobello Road, Dalyellup and are available for inspection during office hours up to and including Friday, 1 February 2019. 

The proposed Structure Plan Amendment can also be viewed on the Shire of Capel website click here

Submissions on the proposed Structure Plan Amendment can be lodged in writing to the Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Capel, PO Box 369, Capel WA 6271 or by email to info@capel.wa.gov.au and are to include the Structure Plan name, the property affected and details of the submission and lodged on or before Friday, 1 February 2019 quoting the Shires reference No. PA66/2018.

Please note: The proposed Structure Plan Amendment is being advertised to seek public comment on the proposal. The advertising of the Structure Plan does not indicate any formal support of the proposal by the Shire of Capel or the Western Australian Planning Commission.

IAN J McCABE
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Statement by West Australian Local Government Association (WALGA)

Recent media reports on WALGA’s template policy outlining communications responsibilities in Local Government incorrectly claim that through this policy, the Association is seeking to censor or restrict the free speech of Elected Members.

The template policy was drafted at the direction of State Council, following increasing concerns from Members around the growing use and influence of social media. These concerns included Elected Members’ private social media interactions as well as the actions of both Elected Members and staff on Local Government social media pages.

As a template policy, this forms the starting point for Members that wish to implement their own policy, with possible considerations and suggested wording for inclusion. There is no requirement for a Local Government to implement the template policy as provided, or to even adopt a policy of this nature should they think it not necessary.

The Policy highlights a number of already existing responsibilities for Elected Members drawn from current legislation and regulations including the Local Government Act, the Rules of Conduct Regulations and Councils’ individual Local Laws for their Meeting Procedures. These responsibilities remain regardless of whether a policy is adopted by an individual Local Government.

The Policy provides no intention to censor or restrict freedom of speech, but rather seeks to draw attention to the existing commitments and responsibilities of Elected Members and provides guidance for ensuring they do not inadvertently break them.