Shire of Chapman Valley September E Newsletter
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A note from our President

The Shire is looking its best with good rainfall keeping everything growing, which will add to fuel load and potential fire problems so plan ahead and be prepared.  Please take time to read the Shire Fire Break notice.

Very busy month for events starting with the Show this weekend, their Committee has been very busy planning for what should be a massive event.  Congratulations to Miss Jessica Warr winner of the Regions Rural Ambassador and now State winner with hopefully national title next year. Jess will represent the region with great aplomb.

OFFICIAL OPENINGS -  Newly completed upgrade of East Bowes Rd on the 11 September, in conjunction with the Yuna Multi-Purpose Centre this been a great example of community, Shire and grant funding bodies working together to achieve very positive result. The same enthusiasm will see Nanson Museums new shed opened on October 10 and the Men’s Shed at Nabawa in December.

Ongoing Projects are the Bill Helmsley Park in Parkfalls and the four mobile communication towers.
Shire Elections - Nominations open 3rd and close on the 10th September if you would like to be part of the future of the Shire make certain you nominate.

Local Government Elections

Nominations are NOW opening for candidates for Local Government elections.  Nominations close on the 10th September with Local Government election day 17th October 2015.  Information on prospective candidates can be found on the WALGA website.

Nominations are called for the South West Ward - 1 Councillor, 4 Year Term and North East Ward - 3 Councillors, 4 Year Term.  More information on the nomination requirements are available through the Shire website.

Cleaner Position

Expressions of Interest are invited in the contract cleaning of Yuna Hall & Toilets, Yuna Tennis Court & Community BBQ area.  Interested parties should contact Mrs Dianne Raymond  99205011 or contact Dianne Raymond.

Chapman Valley Community Growth Fund

The Shire of Chapman Valley are once again offering the Community Growth Fund for projects and activities that benefit the area of Chapman Valley.  Application forms and Guidelines are now available. Applications need to be submitted by the 9th October while projects need to be completed prior to 30th June 2016.  Please contact Community Development Officer, Nicole Batten with any questions and to discuss your project.  99205011

Jess Warr wins WA Rural Ambassador 

Chapman Valley 2015 Rural Ambassador entrant, Jessica Warr will now represent Western Australia at the National Final in Launceston 2016. A well deserved winner and fantastic advocate for Chapman Valley.


From the 2nd of September Heather Legge will be looking after NRM within the Chapman Valley area.  Heather will be based at the NACC Office in Geraldton.  For all enquiries in regards to fencing of remnant vegetation, farm demonstration sites and/or any other NRM questions Heather can be contacted via email or on 9938 0103.

Microchip Your Dog

As of 1st November 2015 all dogs over three months of age must be microchipped.  When registering your dog with your local government, you must provide your microchip number.  Go to the Department of Local Government for more information on the Dog Act and microchipping.

Small to Medium Business Sector in the Mid West

The Mid West Development Commission wants ideas and feedback from the small to medium sized business sector and the wider community on a long term strategy for boosting business capability and providing economic growth for the region. A DRAFT Mid West Business Development Strategy has been released, to stimulate discussion and feedback. Click here for more information about providing feedback into the strategy.

North West Investment Portfolio

Regional Development Australia in partnership with Development Commissions and the WA branch of the Australia China Business Council are developing an Investment Portfolio. This will be a unique document that will be used to inform and attract investment from key stakeholders in the public and private sectors across Australia and potentially from overseas. To facilitate this process, the Mid West Development Commission is seeking key information on projects that would be suitable for inclusion in the Portfolio. Projects must be at least in the concept/pre-feasibility phase to be eligible for consideration. Project templates are due COB Tue 15 September.

50 women from around the region gathered for the first Women's Economic Independence Event in Yuna.  Yuna Farm Improvement Group and Shire of Chapman Valley worked together to secure funding from the Department of Local Government & Communities.  Thanks to the many supporters and sponsors who assisted to bring this event together.  For further information or make contact with event presenters, contact Nicole Batten.

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Midwest Academy of Sport

A great opportunity exists for young Mid West athletes to experience a  lot of fun and some high class coaching at a camp weekend on 10th - 11th October. Interested young athletes can find more information on the web page  
Renowned WA Athletics coach Lyn Foreman is running a course that provides accreditation at Level 1 for Athletics Australia and the IAAF "Kids Athletics" qualification. This is a golden opportunity for local coaches/parents to improve their understanding of athletics and their ability to enjoy the coaching of the young athletes. Again details can be found on the web page

Chapman Valley Menshed Update

The Men's Shed have been very busy renovating a caravan to be converted into smoothie van ready to serve thirsty customers throughout the Midwest.  Click here for an update.

Chapman Valley Show

The 66th Annual Chapman Valley Agricultural Show will be held on Saturday 5th September 2015.  Lots to see and do; rides, exhibits and competitions.  For more information on how you can help, become a sponsor or book a bay click here, or go to the brand new website.

Chapman Valley Harvest Ball

Have you purchased your Harvest Ball ticket yet?  Ball tickets are available at the Shire Office, Bendigo Bank or online.  You can also win a beautiful pendant through the harvest ball raffle.  For more information click here.

Borrow Box

BorrowBox is revolutionising the way your community thinks about and experiences books.  Whether readers live in remote country areas, coastal areas or in the midst of a crowded city, the mobility, ease of access and lack of expense means great stories, ideas and knowledge are available at all times.  Read the Launch Kit for more information.

Nabawa Library patrons need to contact the Shire office for their log in details and the Yuna Library Patrons need to contact the Yuna Library for log in details. This link will provide more information.
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Council Meeting Dates for 2015

The Shire of Chapman Valley hereby gives public notice of its Ordinary Council meeting for 2015

16 September 2015
14 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.


Entry is open to not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, who are seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community.  The community group or organisation should have a specific project in mind for how the grant will be used to benefit their local community. Grants available 1st Oct – 31st Dec 2015. Click here for more information.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities  in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer. Grants close 5th October. FRRR Website provides further information.

The CBH Group's Grass Roots Fund provides financial assistance to grain growing communities to conduct events and projects which contribute to the health and vitality of their community.  Applications close 30 September at 5 pm.  All applicants will be notified by email approximately 4 weeks from the closing date of the success of their application.

The Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund is part of The Nationals WA $300 million Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture policy, which is fully funded by Royalties for Regions.  Grants between $20,000 and $500,000 will generally support grower group and industry partners to improve agricultural competitiveness as the State strives to double our agricultural value by 2025. Click here for more information.

NACC is funding community groups, local government or other eligible groups to deliver projects that protect the environmental values and natural assets in the coastal zone.
Examples: Localised site assessment and rehabilitation planning, Weed control and revegetation works, Formalising beach access, coastal education-related event, Construction and installation boardwalks and/or signage.  Applications close Friday the 11th of September 2015. Click here for guidelines. 

The State NRM Program is a WA Government initiative that provides funding for activities that protect and enhance WA's environment and natural resources. Grants for up to $50,000 are available for community groups, incorporated not-for-profit organisations, LCDCs, Farming Groups, Schools and others are eligible to apply.
The Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund is part of The Nationals WA $300 million Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture policy, which is fully funded by Royalties for Regions
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