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


From The President

The Valley is looking a picture! 

CEO Maurice and I travelled to freezing Canberra with a contingent of regional and State Councillors and Staff to attend the National Local Government Convention. This was brought about by the Federal Government freezing the direct grants that come to local government at 13/14 levels for the next three years with no indication of restitution, the direct effect will be increase of rates and or reduced services to Community. Our concerns were also directed to W.A Federal Politicians.

COMMUNICATION TOWERS -While in Canberra we spoke to relevant Federal Departments putting our argument for more  towers in the Shire, there is some Federal and State money available and with our own pledges hope to convince the powers that be that we should have a decent service.

SHIRE BUDGET will hopefully be completed this month with a satisfactory level of road works and Community demands with not too much of an increase in rates.

SHIPPING CONTAINERS – Please make your selves aware of Shire Policy (see below for more info) before siting one on your place as they can be a problem.


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Chapman Valley Menshed

The Chapman Valley Menshed group are getting closer to their target of installing a new shed with the Shire of Chapman Valley recently receiving the good news from Lotterywest.  Big thanks to Lotterywest for supporting our local groups and projects.  The proactive Menshed have also launched their new website, check it out!


Chapman Valley Show - Rural Ambassador

The Chapman Valley Agricultural Society are thrilled to announce Jeremy Brooks has won the 2014 Mid West Rural Ambassador Award.  We wish Jeremy all the best as the next step is the State Judging which will take place in Perth on Saturday 23rd August 2014.
Chapman Valley Show busy bee's coming up: Saturday 30th August 2014 - General Big Clean Up Day from 8am to 6pm, Friday 5th September 2014, Sunday 7th September 2014 - General clean up.  Meetings: 7th July, 4th August, 26th August.  

Banners In The Terrace

Yuna Primary School has participated in this years Banners In The Terrace Competition for local government week.  It is designed around the Chapman Valley Show and looks fantastic!  Thankyou to the students for their inspiration and design, as well as Vi Farrell and Lorraine Jones for their tireless effort in making the banner possible.  The Shire of Chapman Valley thanks Yuna Primary School for showcasing Chapman Valley.

Tourism Boost Workshop

Tourism is a dynamic, competitive and a rewarding industry to be in. Tourism BOOST will give your business a competitive edge in this growing marketplace. The workshop is designed as an introduction and refresher course on the tourism industry and is complemented by Tourism Council WA’s eTourism Workshops.
7th July 2014, Register here 

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Temporary Storage of Sea Containers

The Shire reminds landowners in the Rural-Residential and Rural-Smallholding zones that the siting of sea containers within these areas requires the approval of the Shire and is only permitted where the structure is being used for the temporary storage of building equipment and where a current building permit has been issued for a residence or outbuilding.
Temporary approval, where granted by the Shire is for a maximum period of 12 months where a building permit is issued for a residence, and for a maximum period of 6 months where a building permit has been issued for an outbuilding, after which time the sea container must be removed from the property.
Following a series of complaints concerning the siting of sea containers an audit was conducted for the Waggrakine and White Peak localities and compliance action is currently being undertaken by the Shire.
Should you have a sea container upon your property, or be considering the possibility of siting a sea container upon your property you will need to contact the Shire’s Planning Department on 9920 5011 or email,  to discuss the requirements in relation to sea containers.

Farm Business Assessment Scheme
The State Government has announced a $500,000 Farm Business Assessment Scheme to assist elgible farm businesses to access professional advice in relation to their business management and financial situation.

Should the farm business assessment and financial plan determine that additional consultancy is required to implement the plan, a further reimbursement grant of up to $5,000 may be claimed.  The total grant funding available under this scheme is up to $10,000 per farm business.

The scheme is voluntary with no obligation to implement recommendations.  It is designed to provide bsuiiness assessment advice and options. Go to these links for more infoapplication and FAQ

Camping Grounds Legislation

New caravan parks and camping grounds legislation is being developed with the aim to provide a legislative framework which better meets the needs of consumers, operators and regulating authorities, reduces red tape and safeguards the health and safety of everyone.

A consultation paper has been released to invite public comment on how the new act could operate. This consultation paper is an initiative of the Western Australia Caravan and Camping Action Plan, which is supported by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.

The consultation period is from 30 May until 1 September 2014. Go to the website for more information, Consultation feedback form and Legslation information.

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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:

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.



Now open for applications, the program will provide $1 million in grants to assist private owners of State Registered places to undertake urgent conservation works.  Grants of up to $100,000 are available through a competitive application process, with owners required to match funds on the projects. 
Private owners of State Registered places have been advised in writing of the Program which closes on Friday 18 July 2014.   
Queries can be directed to the Senior Grants Administrator on P: 6552 4000.  More information available through the
State Heritage Office


Seeds of Renewal is a grants program, supported by ANZ, which aims to contribute to building thriving communities in regional Australia.  Grants of up to $10,000 are available to community organisations for projects focused on creating education and employment opportunities. Preference is given to applications that help to advance education and employment opportunities in regional communities.

Deadline for applications close on 1 August, 2014 and more information is available here.



The latest round of funding for small grants and forward planning grants have been announced for the 2015/16 financial year.  For more details go to the CSRFF link
Remember that CSRFF grants require 30% contribution from your club or organisation as well as 30% from local government.  All applications must be received by the Shire of Chapman Valley by 31st July 2014.  For assistance with project development and ideas, contact the Shire's Community Development Officer.



Up to $10,000 is available for projects that; Build community awareness about suicide prevention, services and support; Strengthen resilience to respond to the risks, signs and impacts of suicide; Involve suicide prevention activities that are sustainable by utilising local initiatives, local resources and local people.

Deadline for applications is 31st July and more info is available here.


The REAPing Rewards small grant program is a national program targeting education. It supports locally-driven projects and programs that directly benefit children and youth (0-18 years) and their educators in rural and remote communities. Grants are up to $10,000.

REAPing Rewards supports not-for-profit groups, such as community preschools, playgroups, community based Day Care, Primary and Secondary schools, community support committees (eg Parents & Friends Committees), and staff in delivering quality, positive educational experiences in the early childhood, primary and secondary years.
Deadline for application is the 25th August and more information is available here.


Grants of up to $2,500 are offered to support WA schools to develop projects that promote the health of their students. Schools are encouraged to undertake activities that promote the priority health areas of mental health, nutrition and/or physical activity.

Applications must be received by Healthway a minimum of three calendar months prior to the commencement of the project.
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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

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