Shire of Chapman Valley August E Newsletter
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Welcome to our August Issue of E News 

The biggest Chapman Valley community event of the year is on again soon and you can access all the details via the Chapman Valley Shire website.  You can also find a Calendar of Events,  and if you would like to register an event on the calendar, email us.

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From our President

Local Government held its State Conference last week, one of the major highlight for us was recognition of two of our Councilors, Peter Batten and Bev Davidson for their service to the community.
The Shire was also presented with an award recognising our biodiversity strategy in planning. The following is a report compiled by our consultant Nicole Siemon who has done extremely valuable work in the Shire towards land care and conservation,
The Shire of Chapman Valley has been working with WALGA and the City of Geraldton on the Local Biodiversity Strategy that identifies areas of bio diverse significance and makes recommendation on means to conserve them.
However, as with any Strategy its recommendations can only be realised through commitment to their implementation, and the Shire has provided leadership through its partnerships with NACC, state and federal agencies, Aboriginal claimant groups, and more than 150 private landholders to achieve in the last 5 years:
  • 38 kilometres of rabbit proof fencing to protect threatened flora;
  • Rabbit, pig and fox baiting across 32,000 hectares of conservation reserves and private land;
  • 85 hectares of weed control;
  • Planting over 130,000 plants;
  • 10 hectares of direct seeding;
  • 90 kilometres of stock fencing to protect more than 1800 hectares of high conservation value bushland;
  • 15 kilometres of surface water management;
  • Seed collection to establish a seed bank for use in direct seeding projects; and
  • Invasive species management including removal of 4500 African boxthorns out of the dune system.
Whilst, the production of the Local Biodiversity Strategy has benefited the Shire, it must be recognised that this is a milestone award and the path forward involves considerable on-ground works and increasing community engagement to achieve the Strategy’s outcomes.
A lot of angst among Perth Councils as split ups of existing areas is not easy, and the added problem of the Premier perceived to be going back on an election promise. Country Councils will no doubt be on the list in five years’ time.
Unfortunately a large part of the region is having a very difficult time with well below required rainfall, hopefully things will improve but not looking good.
John  Collingwood
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Chapman Valley Show

CV Show
Page 21 - Information on bay bookings (close 23rd August)
Page 34 - Information for stock owners
Page 62 - Exhibition Hall entries on show day close at 9am SHARP.  See our drop off points for early entries.
Page 79 - Poster Competition for Primary School students.  Close date, 16th August.
Page 85 & 86 - One Life and community support services

Click here to download your Entry Form for exhibits
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Local Government Elections

You may be elgible to be eroled to vote in the local government elections on the 19th October 2013 if you live or are an owner or occupier of of rateable property in the Shire of Chapman Valley.  Click here to find more information.

You may need to compete the Enrolment Eligibility Claim (Form 2) prior to the close of roll.  The form must be returned to the Shire office or Fax 99205155.

30th August            Close of Enrolment to Vote
5th September       Nominations open for Council candidates
12th September     Close of Nominations for Council candidates
15th October           Close of Postal Votes


Stand For Council

If you want to make a difference in your community and have a say in local decision-making, stand for election as a local government councilor.  Online training is available along with an elected member introductory course.

There are many reasons why people stand for council. The sense of satisfaction from serving the community, increased knowledge about the operation of government, improved confidence in public speaking and the chance to play an important role in the changes occurring within your community.
For more info click here
Why Be A Councillor?
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Ambulance Call Out Procedure


RING 000

1. You need to give your name and contact number.

2. You need to give the location of the casualty/accident (location needs to include the road number, road, nearest cross street, town/area and nearest ambulance centre, i.e. Chapman Valley Ambulance Sub-centre)

3. Number of casualties and type of injuries/problems

4. Follow the prompts and answer additional information as asked by the operator

If you live on a farm then additional information will help (farm name, name of the owner of the property or name of who lives at the property, approximately how many km's the farm is from the main road) and if possible it will also help if someone is available to to the main road to guide the ambulance into the property, especially at night.

Remember: The operators are based in Perth so additional information may be required to assist them in locating the nearest sub centre and getting you the help you need as soon as possible.
If you have any quires, please do not hesitate to contact the Chapman Valley Ambulance Sub-Centre Chairperson, Gerard Williamson, 99311018.
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Small Landholders Guide

Are you looking for information on small landholdings?
If yes, please download your free online copy by visiting NACC website.
This Small Landholder Guide has been compiled for managers and prospective managers of small holdings in the Northern Agricultural Region (NAR) of Western Australia. This practical Guide is intended to assist people who manage a block of land that is between 2.5 acres (1 ha) and 500 acres (200 ha) in area.

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Red Card for Red Fox

Baiting funds also available for a small membership fee to our Local Declared Species Group.  For more information contact Shire Landcare Officer.

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Nanson’s Old Roads Board Building Turns 100

This project is to commemorate 100 years of the original headquarters of local government in Chapman Valley, the Old Roads Board Building.  The building is now the focal point at the Chapman Valley Museum and the motivation behind the formation of the museum.

The building is undergoing conservation works to be able to install new display material and showcase the building as it was 100 years ago.  This project will be official reopening of the Old Roads Board building coinciding with its 100 year anniversary.

On Wednesday 11th September, the celebration will include a mock Council (or Chapman Valley Roads Board) meeting, Bush Poets, Market Stalls, local primary school children item as well as LIVE ABC RADIO BROADCAST!  Morning Tea and lunch will be provided.

Click here to RSVP to the event.

Thanks to Lotterywest and Federal Your Community Heritage Funding for providing grant assistance allowing this significant building to have a new lease of life.

Part of the celebration will be to showcase Chapman Valley local produce with local market stalls and homemade crafts. 
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Council Meeting Dates for 2013

The Shire of Chapman Valley hereby gives public notice of its Ordinary Council meeting for 2013:

21 August 2013
18 September 2013
16 October 2013
20 November 2013
11 December 2013

Council will meet at 10.00am in the Council Chambers at Nabawa (3270 Chapman Valley Road) on each ordinary meeting date.

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Chapman Valley Harvest Ball

Keep this date free in your calendar for a great night out in Chapman Valley.


You can win free tickets to the Chapman Valley Community Harvest Ball by sending in your favourite scenic Chapman Valley photo.

Get snapping and send through to the Valley Vibes.
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Wildflower Competition

Love your wildflowers? Enjoy taking photos? The Geraldton Visitor Centre is running a wildflower photo competition to see in the 2013 season, and here’s hoping it will be an outstanding season of colour and variety. The photos are to be taken of the first everlastings or wreath flowers located in the Midwest region. Photos with date display can be submitted by uploading to our Geraldton - Take a Fresh Look Facebook page. Please also include in your submission your full name and location of the wildflowers. The Geraldton Visitor Centre has five lots of double passes to the Queens Park Theatre on offer, so here is your chance to be one of the first to let everyone know its wildflower time!
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(CSRFF) Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund

The program aims to increase participation in sport and recreation, with an emphasis on physical activity, through rational development of sustainable, good quality, well-designed and well-utilised facilities.

The type of projects which will be considered for funding include:
  • Upgrade and additions to existing facilities where they will lead to an increase in physical activity or more rational use of facilities.
  • Construction of new facilities to meet sport and recreation needs.
  • New or replacement (not resurfacing) of synthetic surfaces. Where an application is made for a new or synthetic surface, evidence of long-term planning for all nearby facilities is required.
  • Floodlighting projects – where an application is made for floodlighting projects, evidence must be provided that demonstrates if a transformer upgrade is required.
All projects must liaise with your local Sport and Recreation Officer and Local Government.  For more information visit the Department of Sport and Recreation website.


Funding Available for Crime Fighting Communities

Funding Available: up to $200 000
Funding Closes: 13th September 2013

Criminal Property Confiscation Grant Program offers funds for anti-crime initiatives from assets seized under the States tough proceeds of crime laws.

For more information and guidelines click here.

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Grant Links

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Grants Directory -

Grants Link -

Our Community -

Healthways -

Lotterywest -

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