Council in Brief – December

Municipal Inventory of Heritage Places Review and Local Planning Policy 

Following a 2015 review of the 1999 Shire of Capel Municipal Heritage Inventory and a subsequent assessment of the review, Council agreed to consult with affected landowners and advertise the draft 2017 Shire of Capel Local Government Heritage Survey, Heritage List and Draft Local Planning Policy 6.29 Heritage Places for public comment.

Development Approval – Lot 5602 Capel Tutunup Road, Capel

Council approved a development for a transportable building to be used as storage on Lot 5602 Capel Tutanup Road, Capel.

Special Electors’ Meeting

Following the Special Electors’ meeting on 29 November 2017 Council considered the three motions passed at the special meeting. Council will not endorse them due to, the confidential nature of a report, Council having already decided not to accept a management order over the reserve and Council considering that having a regional waste facility in the South West is not a flawed concept.

Climate Change Advisory Committee

Council has supported the committee’s title change to Climate Change Adaption and Sustainability Committee. Council agreed to allocate $86,000 in the 2018/19 and future budgets to replace the previous employee position to a Waste and Sustainability Officer and increase the role from three days a week to full time. While the committee and council will continue to allocate funding in the annual budget to sustainability and climate change projects and initiatives, it is no longer specifically identified, in the annual budget, that one percent of rates will be allocated to climate change.

Markyt Community Scorecard

As a result of the community survey being completed in September/October 2017, council agreed to focus on four key priorities and consider these as part of the Strategic Community Plan and Corporate Business Plan in early 2018. The priorities include improved footpaths and cycleways and a stronger police and CCTV presence to deal with anti-social behaviour and drugs. It also identified a need for better mosquito control and improved value for money from Council rates.

Dalyellup Green Patch Local Structure Plan

The modified Local Structure Plan, known as ‘Greenpatch’, Dalyellup will be formally advertised for public comment in mid-January 2018, following a number of resident concerns. When the proposed plan for Lots 9105, 9076 and 8019 Dalyellup Estate was initially advertised in February/March 2017, the Capel Shire Council received more than 120 individual submissions from local residents and a 727-signature petition objecting to the proposal. In response to resident concerns, the density of housing has been reduced and to minimise bushfire risk, a new road from Hutt Drive has been identified. Council is proposing to advertise the modified structure plan to give the community a chance to comment further. Following the proposed advertising, Council will assess the proposal and make a recommendation on its acceptability to the Western Australian Planning Commission in the New Year.

Capel Civic Precinct 

The Capel Shire Council awarded Perkins (WA) Pty Ltd the tender for the Capel Civic Precinct Stage 3 Development works at its December council meeting. The $2.7 million project works include a formal amphitheatre, relocation of the existing playground with inclusion of a new all abilities playground and nature play space, which will start early 2018.  There will be a new skateable link between the existing skate park and Forrest Road, along with shelters, BBQs, seating and landscaping. The space will be further activated by a youth recreation space, including a basketball half court and town square precinct.