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Capel Entry Statement & Roundabout Works

The Shire of Capel advises that construction of the Capel Entry Statement Project will commence in April 2017.

The signage and artwork has been designed by Erin Rafferty. As a graphic artist, Erin Rafferty has spent numerous hours to finalise the design and the Council endorsed her design for implementation.

The work includes:

  • Replacement of the two existing entry signs at the Northern and Southern ends of Capel Drive
  • Installation of a new sign on Goodwood Road and
  • Install artwork tube at the Northern Roundabout at Capel Drive.

The work will take up to four weeks to complete. At various times during the installation, (such as when the crane will be required to lift the artworks into place), traffic management will be in place near the roundabout at Capel Drive, Widdeson Road and Gavins Road.

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

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.

Captivate Capel

The inaugural Captivate Capel event this April is set to transform the town into a hub of activity, with a team of artists bringing to life glimpses of the Shire’s history through murals being painted on Capel buildings.

The event will take place over two weeks commencing on April 8 through to the launch on April 22, with markets, community art workshops and an interactive walking tour all kicking off from 10am-4pm.

Some of the South West’s most talented artists will create artwork on businesses, Shire buildings, cafes and local shops and everyone is being encouraged to get involved.

On Saturday, April 22 there will be a community art project taking place on the Shire’s water tank behind the Capel Community Centre with artists lending a helping hand to avid painters. Artists will be at the Retro Caravan called “SHOUT” to ask everyone to help paint it to suit the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. Be astonished as you watch Phil “Paint Storm” Doncon as he break dances to the sound of music… while he paints! If you like solving puzzles, walk around and fill in the crossword, there are two and one is for primary school students. There are Act, Belong, Commit prize packs to be won.

This will be a perfect day to get active, be inspired and to get creative, commit to coming along and belonging to our community.

There is something for everyone to take part in with laser tag for the whole family to enjoy, a skate/scooter/BMX competition will also get underway in the Capel Civic Precinct with a DJ, and a bouncy castle will be on offer for the younger ones.

Please click on the flyer below for more information.


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