Shire of Chapman Valley September E Newsletter
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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 14 September while projects need to be completed prior to 30th June 2017.  Please contact the Community Development Officer, Nicole Batten with any questions and to discuss your project.  

Chapman Valley Tourism Map

A brand new tourist map/brochure is almost ready to print and circulate.  Local tourism businesses have been contacted with the opportunity to advertise at a cost of $150.  If you haven’t yet been contacted to advertise and would like to enquire, please contact Community Development Officer by 2nd September. 

Australia Day Awards

If you know someone who goes above and beyond in your community then why not nominate them for an Australia Day Award?The Shire of Chapman Valley are now calling for nominations for the following categories:
Citizen of the Year
Young Achiever of the Year
Community Group of the Year
Find more information on criteria and grab your Nomination Form now as nominations close on the 18th November.

Police News

A recent arrest for burglary and stealing in Chapman Valley was as a result of vigilance on the part of several members of the community who reported his suspicious behaviour.  This highlights the importance of reporting even the slightest piece of information to Police, either directly or by Crimestoppers, as it may be a significant part of a puzzle we have being trying to put together for some time.  Read More….

Crime SMS System

The Shire of Chapman Valley now has a new SMS system for residents to report crime.  The mobile number for residents to report events is 0429 688 503.  When a resident sends an SMS to this number they will receive the following response:
"Thx 4 using SMS Report CV-NR, making it #tougherforcrooks. If in danger dial 000. If urgent Ph 131444." 
Your SMS message will be forwarded directly to the Northampton Police Station.

Bushfire Awareness Day

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count will run for 7 days from MONDAY 17 OCTOBER - SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 2016.  Read More..
Use the Aussie Backyard Bird Count app, or the form on our website to record the types of birds you see 
If you would like to be a part of the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, please contact our local NRM Officer Marieke Jansen

National Motorhome Rally

Around 200 motorhomes will gather in Geraldton over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd October.  Some 400 visitors from across Australia are eager to be engaged with the surrounding areas pre and post this weekend as they travel throughout the Midwest.  Chapman Valley has the opportunity to be promoted in a number of ways.  Campers will be stationed at Geraldton Grammar School and invite artists, local produce, gifts and products to display and sell wares on Saturday 1st October from 1-4pm.  Any promotional material or opportunities for visitors to explore our magnificent Chapman Valley can contact ‘The Batavians’ Motorhome Rally coordinator John Rogers 0427261277, alternatively Nicole Batten 0447389851.

Backpacker Tax

Have your say on the Backpacker Tax - The Australian Government have announced it will commence a review of the broad range of issues affecting the supply and taxation of labour performed by working holiday maker visa holders. Public consultation on the backpacker tax is now open and interested parties are encouraged to participate by making a submission no later than September 2, 2016. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu has been appointed to conduct the independent stakeholder engagement and outcomes of the review will be announced before any changes come into effect on January 1, 2017. Click here

First Aid Course

Two day First Aid course at Chapman Valley Sub Centre 8-9th September. More info..
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More Grants

This fund focuses on skills development for young people and can include music workshops, script writing and production, skills development in graffiti art, writing and illustration, dance residencies, new media.  Up to $4000 is available to cover project costs such as artist fees, artist travel, materials, promotional costs, documentation or venue hire. Closes 23rd December 2016, more info through Country Arts WA.
Beyond Bank Australia is rewarding entrepreneurs with grants of up to $50,000 and access to support networks in order to assist and realise their dreams that promote local economic development within the Canberra, Hunter Valley, Riverina, SA and WA regions. 
We are seeking businesses that support people and are looking to create good outcomes that benefit the local community by offering employment opportunities.
Applications close 30th September and for more information click here


  1. Retain and build the benefits of regional communities.
  2. Support improved, relevant and accessible local services.
  3. Enable communities to deliver a sustainable economic and social future.
  4. Assist regional communities to prosper through increased employment, business and industry development opportunities.
  5. Increase capacity for local strategic planning and decision-making

Regional Grants Scheme funds between $50,000 - $300,000 and Community Chest funds for up to $50,000

Create is for community arts projects that express local culture and identity.  Applicants can apply for up to $15,000.
Innovate is for innovative community arts projects that express local culture and identity. Projects funded in this category must demonstrate new and innovative community arts practices, new ways of working in a community arts setting or new art forms within a community arts project. Applicants can apply for up to $15,000.
Develop is for professional development for community artists and community cultural development workers. This is a grant for research and/or development in areas that will benefit community and the arts industry in the long term. Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 Closing dates for each grant is 30th September. Click here 

Funding of up to $20,000 for new gardens and up to $10,000 for existing gardens is available for local governments and community groups. The grants program aims to encourage community members to participate more fully in community life; connect with the environment and other people; and use their skills to give back to the community. Grants may be used for the planning and work involved in establishing or maintaining a community garden.  Closing date is 20th October - Click here

Our kids are the future of the bush. Whites Rural Community Grants are designed to make a difference to kids in regional, rural, and remote areas.  Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to at least 10 applicants - designed to help kids in rural communities through art, music, sport, sustainability, or social well-being. We are committed to regional Australia and the communities that make it great. 
Applications open on the 1st September and finish on 31st October. Click here


Council Meeting Dates for 2016

The Shire of Chapman Valley hereby gives public notice of its Ordinary Council meeting for 2016.

21 September 2016
19 October 2016
16 November 2016
14 December 2016

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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