Shire of Chapman Valley December E Newsletter
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2014 is coming to a close, both Shire and Community have been very active, I thank all our staff for their dedication to their job and community. Our crew has done a sterling job on road construction and improved a number of roads used for heavy haulage making our roads a lot safer for everyone.
I also congratulate our Communities who in conjunction with Shire Staff and the many Grant agencies are working on an impressive list of new infrastructure, they are the Yuna Community building which has started construction.2015 will see Men’s Shed, Nanson Museums new shed and the Bill Hemsley Park in Parkfalls Estate get close to fruition.
Council has developed a Community Fund which gives small grants for deserving projects. Please contact Nicole Batten for details of the 2015-16 criteria.
COMMUNICATIONS- We are looking forward to next year and hopefully an improvement in communications with new towers applied for, Council has been very proactive but there is always a long process before things are built but it has the support of agencies and politicians who are well aware of our chronic lack of services.  Click here for more information.
I am looking forward to the Schools windups and concerts which are always fantastic and well supported by family and community and a great opportunity to understand why we all get so involved in what we do.
On behalf of Council have a happy Christmas and look forward to a positive 2015.

Chapman Valley Citizen of the Year Nominations

The Shire of Chapman Valley Citizen Awards pay tribute to local individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the community. The Australia Day community event will be held on Chapman Valley on the 26th January 2015 with more information to follow.
The nominees for Chapman Valley Citizen of the Year are:
Brenda Williamson
Brenda is a reliable and thoughtful community member who is involved in many local, regional and state organisations.  Currently the Yuna Country Women’s Association President, Nagle Boarding Parents Association President, Yuna Tennis Club Secretary (outgoing 2014), Rural and Remote Education Advisory Council Board Member, Midwest Tigers Netball Academy Manager, Yuna Yahoo’s Netball Team Captain.  Brenda is also a teacher at Yuna Primary School and contributes many volunteer hours in events, activities and projects that benefit the school and community.
Kelly Williamson
Kelly is a tireless community volunteer and contributor to the community.  Currently the Yuna Primary School P&C Secretary, Yuna School Council Chairperson, Yuna Tennis Club Co Captain, Valley Vibes Community Newspaper President and Advertising Coordinator.  Kelly is learning first aid to become an ambulance officer.
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Community Growth Fund

The Shire of Chapman Valley recently called for applications for the new Community Growth Fund.  The Shire of Chapman Valley CGF is to provide funds to not for profit community based organisations, event organisers and individuals to support the promotion and development of social, economic, recreational, art and cultural projects for the benefit of residents of the Shire of Chapman Valley.  The successful local organisations and projects are:
Yuna CWA - $1,000 The Windmill Project
The project is an arts based project that involves brining together women within the community through a series of workshops to recreate old windmill blades using a professional artist.  The painted blades will be  painted by locals and exhibited at the opening of the Yuna Community Centre as well as  the Chapman Valley show.
Chapman Valley Community Newspaper - $4,290 Chapman Valley Community Online Hub
This project is to prepare a needs analysis for a Chapman Valley Community Online Hub (website).  This will be an online portal for community groups/businesses/people in the Shire of Chapman Valley to connect with one another and those outside the Shire to promote themselves and their events/activities/news. 
Chapman Valley Agricultural Society - $1,110 Promotion package for the Chapman Valley Show.
CVAS will develop a new logo and promotional material as a more social identifiable feature, an objective of the project is to enable the community to readily recognize the CVAS thereby maximising awareness of the society’s voluntary efforts.
Chapman Valley P&C - $400 Nabawa Christmas event bouncy castle
This will be a community event to bring the people of Nabawa and surrounding areas together for a Christmas party with the addition of a bouncy castle for the children.
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Rabbit and Pig Baiting 50% Subsidy 

The Shire is looking to partner with enthusiastic community members who would like to undertake the baiting of rabbits and pigs in February 2015.

You are able to be subsidised a massive 50% of the cost of baits and for those baiting rabbits the Shire will loan you the drum baiting stations for free! For those on larger land holdings and needing larger quantities a mixing day can be organised at a central point.

There is a limit to the funding so first in first served! If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Kathryn Jackson at the Shire of Chapman Valley on (08) 9920 5011.

Local Projects Update

Chapman Valley Menshed - Construction of the new Men's Shed will now commence in January.  The site has been cleared ready for the shed which is adjacent to the tennis courts in Nabawa.
Yuna Community Centre - The Yuna community have cleared the site, demolished old infrastructure as well as carted and graded the sand for the pad.  The Shire have contracted Geraldton Building Services and Cabinets who will commence construction in mid January 2015.

East Bowes Road -  Work has begun on the resealing project beginning with the base, followed by the 12km bitumen seal scheduled for January 2015.
Richards Road and Dolby Road are also scheduled for a 600m seal in the New Year.

Residents, be ready...


The swimming pool fencing around private pools is scheduled for inspection during January 2015.  All pools throughout  the Shire must be compliant.
Dog licenses are another item for renewal and the advantages of having your dog licensed  is if your dog wanders, or is handed in to the Ranger, it is easy to identify from the tag. The dog is then returned instead of possibly being rehomed, or worse case scenario being put down.
It is also recommended some tanks on farms be left full for fire fighting purposes.

Farm Businesses

RBDC Farm Business Assessment Scheme
The Rural Business Assessment Scheme has been extended to June 30 2015.  Grants up to $5000 are available along with other programs.  RBDC (Rural Business Development Council) travelled through Chapman Valley recently and are very approachable and encourage anyone with questions to pick up the phone and call them.  James Hamersley can be contacted on 1800 198 231 
Farm Income Support for Farmers
The Australian government recognises that many farmers cannot always access household assistance.  The Department of Human Services delivers the Farm Household Allowance, along with the Rural Financial Counselling Service to assist.  Click here for more information.
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KidSport enables Western Australian children to participate in community sport and recreation, no matter their financial circumstances. Eligible youth aged 5–18 years can apply for financial assistance to contribute towards club fees. The fees will go directly to the registered KidSport clubs through their participating local government.  Go to the DSR website for application forms and to find registered clubs.
Access DoT direct and register to receive a free personalised account where you can manage all information relating to your personal vehicle licence and drivers licence, as well as pay all bills associated with these licences.  There is also temporary movement of vehicle permits available.

Australia Post Parcel Collect

Register for our Parcel Collect service to pick up your parcels at an Australia Post location that suits you.  How does it work? When you register online, Aust Post assign you a unique Australia Post Customer Number. You will then need to select the Parcel Collect location most convenient to you. Australia Post send you an SMS or email when it arrives so you can collect it straight away.


Have your say on The Panel!

The Department of Local Government and Communities has developed The Panel - an exciting way for you to get involved and have your say on the issues that matter to you the most.

Members of The Panel may be contacted and asked to get involved in a range of activities including online discussions, email surveys and targeted focus groups.

Registration is entirely voluntary and you only provide your views if you wish. Topics range from climate change to body image and everything in between.  

Free Online Agricultural Courses in 2015

Students around the world will be able to enrol for a free six-week online course on agriculture, economics and nature at the University of Western Australia.
Yara Pilbara is funding the development of the Massive Open Online Course, in a landmark collaboration between industry and UWA with the aim of sharing WA's advanced agricultural knowledge and expertise with people across Australia and around the globe.
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Council Meeting Dates for 2015

The Shire of Chapman Valley hereby gives public notice of its Ordinary Council meeting for 2014:

18 February 2015
18 March 2015
16 April 2015
20 May 2015
17 June 2015
15 July 2015
19 August 2015
16 September 2015
21 October 2015
18 November 2015
16 December 2015
Council will meet at 9.00am in the Council Chambers at Nabawa (3270 Chapman Valley Road) on each ordinary meeting date.
Christmas closure - 4.30pm Wednesday 24 December to 8.30am Monday 5 January 2015



Funding is offered for eligible regional events held between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 that have the ability or potential to attract visitors to the region, achieve media attention and involve and inspire the local community.  Event holders can apply for funding between $5,000 and $50,000.  The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday, January 12, 2015.  Visit Tourism WA for more information.

When people come together through community gardening they improve community connections, learn new skills and share physical, social and nutritional benefits.  Community gardens provide the opportunity for greater understanding to develop between neighbours, parents, young people and people from other cultures,  Funding of up to $20,000 for new gardens and up  to $10,000 for existing gardens is available for each project.  Applications for 2014/15 are currently open and will close at 5pm on Friday 12 December 2014.


Jetstar is now calling for charities, community groups and social enterprises based in Western Australia to apply for a $30,000 grant, made up of $15,000 cash and $15,000 worth of Jetstar flights.
The initiative is designed to help not-for-profit organisations fund projects that make a positive impact in their community.  Applications close on the 31st December 2014.  Read more...


NACC is keen to work directly with the community to establish sites that represent a range of innovative practices located across different landscapes, soils and farming systems within the region. Projects can demonstrate innovative practices that address any or a combination of issues.  Applications can be for up to $30,000 per demonstration, and multiple applications are encouraged.  Expressions of Interest must be received by 5pm Thursday 15 January 2015.  Go to the NACC website for more information.


The Department of Transport is once again making available a grants program to encourage and support local governments, cycling groups, community organisations, educational institutions and workplaces to get involved and put on events as part of Bikeweek 2015.  Grants close on the 17th December 2014.
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