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

From our President

Hi everyone, things are getting back into full swing after the holiday period.

Council Meeting - First for the year this month, the community always welcome to sit in and have the ability to ask questions in question time.

Australia Day celebrations attracted local community for breakfast.  The highlights were; Citizenship Ceremony for Mrs Susan Forrester, congratulations to her on becoming an Australian.  Congratulations also to the Nanson Museum Committee, winners of the Community Group Award as well as Mrs Nicole Batten the Citizen of the Year winner.  The selection committee were very impressed with the quality and involvement of candidates they had to choose from, they could not all win, but the community is far richer because of the many dedicated people who give many hours to their Community. Many thanks to the people who worked hard to put the event together.

Electors Meeting - Recently held, another forum for electors to put their views to Council.  Main concerns were from the Park Falls community seeking information on potential bike and foot paths also concerns connected to safety on estate roads and around school bus stops.  Council will have to look at speed limits and bus stop protocol so we appreciate feedback from community.

Turf Wicket - Council, as part of their forward planning, have been looking at the logistics and viability of maintaining the wicket so we appreciate community feedback on that issue.
A positive is the combined Chapman Valley and Northampton cricket associations which is developing and promoting Cricket in the shires, and a positive in greater use of the pitch.

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Australia Day Awards

Around 40 people attended this years Australia Day breakfast with many local helpers arriving to lend a hand early in the morning!  Fantastic cooked breakfast by Tony Fry and his assistant chefs!
A special Australian Citizenship ceremony took place for Susan Forrester, followed by the Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award going to Nicole Batten and the Chapman Valley Historical Society winning the Community Group of the Year. Congratulations to all nominees, Pauline Forrester, Alicia Pawelski and Jason Bradley.  These wonderful local people put many hours of work into our communities. 
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New Smartphone Emergency App

It is quite often that an emergency caller is unsure of their exact location, this App helps determining a caller’s location which is the most critical piece of information DFES ComCen staff require.  Read more...


Thanks to the quick response from local bush fire volunteers, a disaster was prevented in Nanson recently due to a fire being deliberately lit in the river bank.  It is understood those responsible for lighting the fire also broke into the Nanson Museum. 
Arson is a serious crime and can be reported using Crimestoppers 1800 333 000

Monsignor Hawes Trail

Monsignor Hawes designed distinctive and beautiful churches throughout the Midwest, one being the Our Lady of Fatima Church in Nanson.  Recently, some funding has allowed the Monsignor Hawes Trails group to install pedestals of information describing the history of each building.  Next time you are driving along Chapman Valley road, stop in and have a look.  These pedestals are now located at Perenjori, Morawa, Mullewa, Geraldton, Yalgoo, Northampton, Carnarvon.
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Red Card For Red Fox

It’s on again! To register click here
Foxes and rabbits will be on the run in the Chapman Valley, Northampton and Greater Geraldton areas on Friday and Saturday night the 21st and 22nd of February 2014.

Local teams need to register to go shooting for the “Red Card for Foxes and Rabbits” campaign.  This is a Statewide event that operates across the agricultural regions of WA.  Each year local community groups, sporting clubs, local governments and individual landholders come together to run a coordinated control program across their local patch in late summer, autumn and spring. 
Coordinator for the Shire of Chapman Valley, Nicole Siemon said "The impact of these invasive species on farm profitability and local biodiversity across the region is significant." 
Chapman Valley LCDC Secretary Forbes Spillman said “we are hoping to have lots of participation in the events in February and March to keep pest animal numbers under control.”

The Stockbrands Company has been a long-time supporter of the program and will donate $5 per fox/cat shot at any Red Card for Foxes and Rabbits event across the State towards the Royal Flying Doctors Services.  

Local residents invited to join forces to control pest animals

The Shire is also helping farmers to achieve their 1080 and Pindone baiting programs, where baits will be laid by accredited landholders throughout the months of February to May.  
For further information please contact the Shire of Chapman Valley on 9920 5011
Also, please contact Nicole Seimon for FERAL ANIMAL CONTROL FUNDING.  Dollar for dollar is now available. 


Rabbit Baiting in Parkfalls

Oats are on the menu for the rabbits around Park Falls and Moresby area.  All landholders in Parkfalls Estate and surrounding properties are invited to be involved in a comprehensive baiting program to reduce rabbit populations.  The program will run over the next three months.  Rabbits are a priority issue, particularly in areas adjoining bushland containing threatened flora. Read more...

For more information on this program please contact the Shire’s Project Coordinator or the Shire office 9920 5011.
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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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Community Honour Boards

If your club or organisation needs to update the gold leafing on existing honour boards, the CVFC are getting the ball rolling with an annual visit in May 2014.  If you have honour boards which require updating, contact Nicole Batten with the details.
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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.  


To provide funding for public schools to implement environmental projects to enhance their long-term sustainability.  This is your school's chance to receive a grant, up to $2,000 and bring an eco-project to life.  Past recipients have used the grants to plant sustainable gardens, hold an ECO day, build indigenous creeks and worm farms. They provide a great opportunity for teachers to embed sustainability into their students thinking as well as have some fun along the way. 

Applications close 11th April 2014. Click here for more information.


The Small Grants Program provides seed funding and prioritises those activities and projects which focus on addressing disadvantage in regards to women and children.
The types of project areas that may be funded include: poverty, domestic violence, women’s groups and activities, activities that focus on assisting children, women and/or children with disability, mental health and addictions. However, the Small Grants Program are not limited to these areas and these are only provided as a guide. 

Applications close on 31st March 2014.  Click here for more information. 
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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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