Council in Brief – February

Strategic Community Plan 2018 – 2028

Following extensive community consultation last year, the 2018-2028 Strategic Community Plan was adopted by Council at its meeting on February 28. The plan focused on five key areas which will guide decision making in the years to come. The key areas were leadership, community, economic, environment and infrastructure. The plan is available on the Shire’s website, in the Shire office and at the Shire’s libraries.

Local Government Act 1995 Review – Phase 1

Council endorsed the ‘Shire of Capel Submission to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries on Local Government Act 1995 Review Phase 1: Consultation Paper’ and will be forwarded to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Western Australian Local Government Association and Local Government Professionals Australia WA.

Waste Transfer Station New Access Road

Council resolved not to proceed with the access road to the Capel Waste Transfer Station via the light industrial area, due to concerns to increased traffic in existing roads, the lack of support for a crossing over the existing railway reserve and the need to upgrade the LIA roads at an estimated cost of $1 million.

Program of Works – Roads (2018 – 2025)

Council endorsed the seven-year program of works – roads (2018-2025) and agreed to allocate $1.7 million in the draft 2018-2019 budget for the first year of the road program. The program is focussed upon the preservation of the asset now, and development of the road network for the future. The Council has indicated a desire to improve the way it manages the road asset portfolio and this program is consistent with the objectives of the Strategic Community Plan (2013 – 2031) and the Asset Management Strategy (Dec 2015).

Bussell Highway Shared Use Path – Land Tenure

The Shire of Capel has received funding from the Department of Transport to construct the Bussell Highway Shared Use path on the western side of the highway from the existing path south of Norton Promenade to Hasties Road, in two stages, over two years. Council endorsed the agreement with the landowners to allow for the completion of construction of the shared use path at its February meeting.

Long-Term Financial Plan 2017 – 2032

Council adopted the updated 15-year financial plan (2017 – 2032) which identified key infrastructure and major projects that will be delivered over the next 15 years. All local governments in Western Australia are required to produce a ‘Plan for the Future’ for their district under S5.56(1) of the Local Government Act 1995. Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996 now prescribe the requirement to prepare a Strategic Community Plan and Corporate Business Plan as part of the ‘Plan for the Future’.

Mid Year Budget Review

Council endorsed the annual mid-year budget review undertaken by staff, which has resulted in adjustments to the expected end of financial year outcome for various income and expenditure items. With the review estimating a surplus of $4,683.

Age Friendly Communities Strategy – Draft

Council adopted the Age Friendly Communities Strategy 2018-2022, including the Strategies and Implementation Plan as a guide for future age-friendly planning for undertaking advertising to seek public and relevant government agency comment. The Age Friendly Communities Strategy was originally conducted in partnership with the Department for Local Government and Communities and South West Development Commission. The Project was developed to identify how age-friendly the Shire is, what barriers to ageing exist and how these can be addressed. The strategy is now available for public comment via the Shire’s website, Shire office and Shire libraries.

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan – Draft

Council adopted the Draft Disability Access and Inclusion Plan, which is now open for public comment. At the Council meeting held 31 May 2012, Council resolved to adopt the Shire of Capel Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2012 – 2017. This Plan expired in December 2017 and the Disability Services Commission requires local governments to review and adopt a new Plan every five years. The plan suggests recommendations for improving mobility in the community through the design, management and improvement of the built and landscaped environments. The plan contains recommendations for improving people with disabilities’ participation in social activities and community affairs/events. The plan provides recommendations for improving people with disabilities’ participation in voluntary or paid employment.