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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 to 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.


Calming the Anxious Mind Workshop

Overcoming anxiety disorders, depression,  and stress can sometimes feel like we are in a war without hope or help at hand. As a community we are not immune to the effects that these conditions can have on our lives and the lives of those around us.

Join Donelle McInerney for an evening of personal transformation and holistic healing to help you learn how to better manage these afflictions on Wednesday, 20 March from 6pm to 7pm at the Dalyellup Community Centre.

You should attend if you answer ”yes” to any of the following:

  • Stress and anxiety is impacting your physical and emotional health
  • You feel stressed all the time and find it hard to ‘switch off’ and relax
  • You feel tired and constantly depleted of energy
  • Your thoughts keep you up at night, you struggle to get good quality sleep or suffer insomnia
  • You suffer panic attacks
  • You struggle to overcome negative thought patterns
  • You have tried traditional therapies and are interested in a more holistic approach
  • You live or support someone who suffers stress, anxiety or depression and would like to learn how to better support them.

Donelle McInerney is a Mental Health & Trauma Informed Practice Trainer, Yoga Therapy for Healing Teacher and a Health & Physical Education Teacher.  Donelle has personally suffered from anxiety disorders for 45 years and is now in recover.

Please RSVP to Donna on 9727 0222 or


Dalyellup Waste Residue Facility Reporting

In response to a community request at the 2018 Annual Electors’ Meeting, annual reports related to the former Dalyellup waste residue facility have been placed on the Shire of Capel website. The Shire of Capel is pleased to be able to respond to this request which presented some technical challenges due to the size of the reports.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) is the regulator for this contaminated site and the landowner is Cristal Pigment Australia Ltd. The purpose of the annual reports is to provide review of a site management plan for the site. The site management plan addresses the identification of potential risks to human and ecological health, the management of those risks and the rehabilitation of the site to endemic vegetation.

The Shire of Capel receives these reports as the local government responsible for planning and land management in the district – it is not a regulator of the site management plan, that is the sole responsibility of DWER and the Department of Health. The reports may be viewed via the Shire of Capel website by navigating to ‘Health and Environment’ and then ‘Environmental Reports’ where links to individual documents can be accessed.


Annual Electors’ Meeting Minutes Published

The minutes from the Annual Electors’ Meeting held on 19 December 2018 are now available.

You can view the Electors’ Meeting Minutes here.

Have you seen any foxes lately?

Have you seen any foxes in your area lately? It is that time of year again when we ask residents to report fox sightings in the Shire.

Please email or call 9727 0222 to report fox sightings.