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


State Election

West Australians will go back to the polls on Saturday, April 5, to re-elect six Senate positionsThe Nabawa Community Centre will be open as a polling booth.

Yuna Community Centre

The Shire of Chapman Valley have finally been notified that ALL funding applications have now been successful to update the communities aging infrastructure.  After 3 years of community planning, the Yuna Community Centre project can now progress.  Shire wish to thank CABY (Creating A Better Yuna) as well as the Yuna Farm Improvement Group for committing many hours of time as well as financing a substantial portion of the project, as well as Lotterywest, Department of Sport and Recreation and the Midwest Development Commission.   Well done to everyone involved.   
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After two very successful “Red Card for the Red Fox” hunts last year and summer baiting efforts by local farmers, the Chapman Valley Landcare District Committee and the Shire of Chapman Valley organised another night time shooting event from the 22-23 February 2014.  Participants met at the Nabawa Footy oval in the early hours of Sunday morning to count their shooting results
Forbes Spillman, Secretary of the Chapman Valley LCDC said that “There are still plenty of pest animals out there that are damaging our natural environment and agricultural production”.  Click Here to read more.

Red Card for Foxes and Rabbits


It’s on again!

A night time shooting event will be held over the 28th & 29th of March 2014!

For more information please click here and to register your team please contact the Shire on (08) 9920 5011.

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Natural Resource Management

Due to a restructure within the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) the Shire of Chapman Valley no longer hosts a Natural Resource Management Officer, however, the Shire still considers land care to be an important activity and continues to implement projects and strategies across our region through the support of local participants and various funding bodies. You can contact the Shire office register your interest to be involved in future natural resource management projects.

NACC (Northern Agricultural Catchments Council) has a number of grants available, contact the NACC office for more information.


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.


Feral Animal Control Funding

The Shire has an opportunity to assist farmers to achieve their 1080 and Pindone baiting programs. Where baits can be laid by accredited landholders throughout the months of March to May, dollar for dollar funding is available. Please contact the Shire’s Project Coordinator Nicole Siemon on 0438 397 787 for more information.
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Technology Workshop

Online registrations are now open for Partners in Grain’s “Technology, Tablets & Tips” workshop in Geraldton.  An event to help farmers manage their business on the go and better utilise their tablet technology.

Click here to register is on the WA Events page of the PinG website.

The maximum capacity at each workshop is 15 people. There has been a lot of interest, so please register now to avoid disappointment.

The Black Dog Ride

The Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer is a nationwide motorcycle event to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention. You can make a difference by joining us on your local ride! 

The ride will be coming through the Geraldton region and Chapman Valley on the 23rd March. Click here to view the itinerary, flyers, coordinator contacts and registration links for the WA legs of the Black Dog Ride. 

Agricultural Competitiveness

It’s time to think big about Australian agriculture

Now is the time for those interested in agriculture to have their say on how Australia can build a sector that grows and delivers a greater return to our nation and the farm gate.

“Whether you’re drenching sheep, mustering cattle or sitting on a tractor, you always had in the back of your mind what you would do to make the show work better – well this is your opportunity to do precisely that.” Minister Joyce said.

Minister Joyce’s’ taskforce will be visiting Geraldton on the 21 March to hear Submissions, people will need to make an appointment.  Or written submissions are due by 5pm EST 17 April 2014.  The towns and regional centres the taskforce will visit are available on the website.

If you would like to meet with the Taskforce to represent Chapman Valley, email the Shire as a joint meeting may be organised.
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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 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 2014 Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program is now open for applications. Funding of one-off payments of up to $10,000 will be available to community organisations with projects that will help to build healthier, more vibrant and more inclusive communities across Australia.

Applications will close Friday, 4 April 2014 (5pm AWST).
Click Here for more information, or How To Apply.


Grants will be made in amounts up to $5,000 to provide grants to benefit people in rural and remote communities.  Projects and activities will be supported that offer clear public benefit for communities in small rural, regional and remote locations in Australia, contributing to their social and community welfare, economic, environmental, health, education or cultural development. 

Applications close 28th March 2014. 
Click Here for more information, or contact FRRR.


Grants up to $5000 available for projects that encourage safe driving, less emissions or public transport.  Any small projects that empower and strengthen local communities. Application under $5000 will be accepted all year round.  If between $5000 and $20 000, the next grants round closes 20th June 2014.

Click Here for more information.



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. 


Rural Education Australia Program is a national program targeting education.  It supports locally driven projects and programs that directly benefit children and youth (0-18) and their educators in rural and remote communities.  Grants are up to $10 000.

Application close on 21st March 2014.  Click Here for more information, or phone 1800 170 020.


Applications for the National Library of Australia's Community Heritage Grants are now open. Up to $15,000 is offered to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefact's, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.

Application close on 2nd May 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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