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

Welcome to the first ENews for 2014 where we aim to keep you updated and provide links to helpful information.

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From our President

I hope everyone had a relaxing and happy Christmas break and ready to meet the new Year’s challenges?
In December the Yuna and Chapman Valley Schools held their end of year’s concerts and awards for individual student’s endeavours throughout the year, as always fantastic entertainment from the students. The support family and community give to both the schools is massive.

Shire meeting is in February and Councillors and Staff are looking forward to a positive year with plenty of achievements.

Australia Day awards nominations attracted a number of very worthy candidates, the Community relies on people stepping up and contributing to the betterment of their Community, they have certainly made their mark. Residents are invited to attend the award Ceremony and breakfast. For details please read below.

Landcare, please get involved in any grants that may be available, for more information  please contact Shire.
OIL COLLECTION, Shire apologises for any inconvenience in not accepting used oil, please refer to item in newsletter.

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Australia Day Awards

Come an help celebrate Australia Day and recognise our local people and groups who received nominations for Australian Citizen of the Year.  

FREE for everyone to attend, so please RSVP if you would like to start Australia Day with an Aussie BBQ Breakfast!
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Closure of Waste Oil Facilities 

Council has resolved to close the Waste Oil Facilities at both the Nabawa & Yuna Refuse Sites due to the state of disrepair of the bund around the Nabawa Waste Oil Facilities and the inappropriate use of both these waste oil facilities.
It is obvious residents  using these facilities are not doing the right thing and are simply using this as a dumping point by:
  • dumping contaminated (watery) oil;
  • only placing 200ltr containers in the bunded area (i.e. not various other sizes);
  • not removing the same number of empty 200ltr contains as the number of full containers placed in the bunded area;
  • dumping full containers outside the bunded area
  • leaving full small containers outside the covered hopper, rather than emptying these into the hopper and removing the small container from the site;
  • leaving oily rags, solvents, grease, filters etc.
The contractor who removes the waste oil charges Council significantly higher prices for contaminated oil in comparison to straight waste oil (approximately 200%) which is a cost Council simply cannot continue to pay.
The Waste Oil Facilities are now closed until further investigation can be undertaken to determine if this service is to be continued or removed permanently. Therefore, residents are formally advised they can no longer use the Waste Oil Facilities at both the Nabawa & Yuna Refuse sites.
Residents are encouraged to contact the Meru Refuse Site for the disposal of their waste oil or seek alternative environmentally friendly methods of disposing of their waste oil.
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Join Our Declared Species Group

Last chance to get matching funding for feral animal control
$ 50 000 matching funds available

The Shire’s Declared Species Group will be undertaking rabbit, fox and feral pig control from now until June 2014.  The Shire can offer dollar for dollar matching funding towards control of your invasive animals.  CONTACT US NOW AS IT IS FIRST IN, FIRST SERVED! 

For 1080 users, if you have an existing DAFWA licence, then please let us know how many kilometres of rabbit baiting or number of fox baits required.  Pre-feed your pigs now so bait quantities can be determined. 

The Department of Parks and Wildlife are baiting in most of their conservation reserves this season, so it is the best opportunity yet to reduce feral animal numbers. 

Email Marieke or Nicole for more information, or phone Nicole on 0438 397 787.
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Book Swap

The Shire Library in Nabawa now offers a book swap service.  Opening hours are 8.30am - 4pm Monday - Friday.

Free VHS movies also available at the Library and more audio books will become available during seeding and harvest months.
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Being A Better Boss Workshop

Partners in Grain are hosting a one day interactive workshop helping growers manage a key component of their farm business – their team.
This is Part 1 in a two part series of Being A Better Boss workshops being held throughout WA grain growing areas.  The Managing People workshop will be coming to Chapman Valley on the 10th Feburary 2014 and held in Yuna from 8.45am - 3pm.
Places are limited so register early. You can also go to the Partners in Grain website to find out more about other workshops offered throughout 2014.
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Grant Application Writing Training Workshop

A free one day event to help upscale individual skills and knowledge in writing quality grant applications to attract more funding into our region.  Designed for anyone who are involved in NRM and agriculture including NRM officers, Landcare/Coastcare volunteers, Grower groups representatives, relevant state and local government representatives, agribusiness personnel, other NRM professionals, teachers (who will be checking small grant for their school environmental projects), and other interested individuals within region.
The event is scheduled for 20th Feb 2014 and will be at Master Builders in 4 Walton Close in Geraldton @ 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Stanley Yokwe to register for the workshop.

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Regional Boarding School Survey

Isolated Children's Progress Association are working hard to ensure adequate boarding places are available for our rural children.  If you are a parent and are, or intend to, send your children to board in Geraldton to access secondary school, please complete this survey. 
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Chapman Valley Community Directory

The Shire of Chapman Valley recently assisted the Chapman Valley and Yuna Primary Schools in printing the new Chapman Valley Community Directory.  A fantastic community initiative which will become extremely useful in connecting our communities and local businesses.

You can buy your copy from both the Yuna and Chapman Valley Primary School's.

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Council Meeting Dates for 2014

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

19 February 2014
19 March 2014
16 April 2014
21 May 2014
18 June 2014
16 July 2014
20 August 2014
17 September 2014
15 October 2014
19 November 2014
10 December 2014

Council will meet at 9.00am in the Council Chambers at Nabawa (3270 Chapman Valley Road) on each ordinary meeting date.
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The Community Participation Funding scheme is open year round, supporting grants between $1000 - $5000. Funding is available for projects that target low participation groups. 
Projects should either: Increase participation in sport and recreation AND/OR Increase the skills of people delivering sport and recreation
Click Here for funding guidelines and application form.

For expressions of interest in forming a working group for a community garden project, contact the Shire of Chapman Valley.

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.

Application close on Thursday 27 February 2014. 

Click Here for more information on the Community Gardens Grants Program.  
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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.

Grant Links

Assistance for small businesses -

Grants Directory -

Grants Link -

Our Community -

Healthways -

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