Shire of Chapman Valley June E Newsletter
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Welcome to our June Issue of E NEws 

Winter is upon us and there is plenty happening in and around Chapman Valley, to find out go to our Calendar of Events, or if you want to register an event on our website, email us.

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From our President

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Foundation Day Holiday giving thanks for the wonderful state we live in.

Council are currently advertising for a new CEO as Stuart is moving on.  We will miss the Billingham family in the School and community.  Ken and Deb Barndon are also leaving our employment and we wish them all the best as well.
Volunteer Luncheon- Shire appreciates the Chapman Valley Football Club for hosting the event on Mothers Day during WA Volunteer Week. Volunteers are the life blood of communities which the club rely on greatly, as do the rest of our community to function.

Drug Arm have withdrawn the appeal to SAT which has taken the pressure off a lot of the community and Staff.     
John  Collingwood
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Local Government Elections

If you are a non resident ratepayer of the Shire of Chapman Valley and wish to appear on the above mentioned roll for the next Local Government elections to be held October 2013 you may need to compete the Enrolment Eligibility Claim (Form 2) prior to the close of roll.  The form must be returned to the Shire office or Fax 99205155.

30th August            Close of Enrolment to Vote
5th September       Nominations open for Council candidates
12th September    Close of Nominations for Council candidates
15th October          Close of Postal Votes


Stand For Council

If you want to make a difference in your community and have a say in local decision-making, stand for election as a local government councilor.

There are many reasons why people stand for council. The sense of satisfaction from serving the community, increased knowledge about the operation of government, improved confidence in public speaking and the chance to play an important role in the changes occurring within your community.
For more info click here
Why Be A Councillor?
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Cat Sterilisation

As of 1st November 2013 the WA Cat Act will require all domestic cats aged six months and over to be sterilised (unless owned by a registered breeder), registered with your  local council and wearing a tag in a public place.

The advantages in sterilising your cats are;-

Males - Reduces likelihood of them fighting with other cats which in turn lessens the risk of wounds, abscesses or contracting Feline Aids or Leukaemia.
Females - Eliminates them coming into season once every three weeks, for eight months of the year. In season, they actively seek males until they are mated. Owners can find keeping them inside for these periods quite traumatic as females will yowl constantly and will draw interested male cats to chase them.

The Shire of Chapman Valley would like to offer a discount to low income earners and pensioners for the sterilisation of your feline friend.  To be able to do this we need to find out how many people are interested and meet the criteria.

If you are interested in receiving this discount please register your interest by no later than 16th July with the Shire of Chapman Valley by phoning Robyne or Earl on 9920 5011 or alternatively email or

Have Your Say on the Management of Declared Plants and Animals in WA

The Auditor General is inviting landholders and organisations affected by and managing declared plant and animal pests in WA to participate in an online survey.

The survey aims to identify if:
  • there are clear legislative and regulatory powers to oversee the management of declared plants and animals
  • activities to identify threats and prevent incursions are effective
  • eradication, containment and protection activities are effective
All responses are anonymous and a report (including the findings of this survey) will be tabled in Parliament in the second half of this year.

The survey takes 10 -15 minutes to complete and closes Friday, 14 June.
To take the survey, please visit
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Withdrawal of Appeal for Proposed Therapeutic Rehabilitation Facility

The Shire advises that lawyers on behalf of DrugARM (WA) Inc. have withdrawn the appeal that had been lodged with the State Administrative Tribunal concerning the decision of Council at its 20 March 2013 meeting to refuse the application for a proposed Therapeutic Rehabilitation Facility upon Lot 11 (No.1) Nabawa-Yetna Road, Nabawa.
The Shire wishes to thank those parties who had agreed to act as representatives for the objecting landowners at the State Administrative Tribunal mediation session for their willingness to offer their time and services. The Shire also thanks all parties who have expressed an interest in this matter both for and against the proposal for their willingness to be involved in community debate and their input has been appreciated.
The Shire understands that many residents were keen to be updated on this matter and it is hoped that this information is of assistance, however, should you have any queries please contact the Shire’s Planning Department on 9920 5011.
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Thank you to those that enjoyed morning tea with staff for the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday 23rd May.  Over $120 was raised for the Cancer Council. 

Council Meeting Dates for 2013

The Shire of Chapman Valley hereby gives public notice of its Ordinary Council meeting for 2013:

19 June 2013
17 July 2013
21 August 2013
18 September 2013
October 2013
20 November 2013
11 December 2013

Council will meet at 10.00am in the Council Chambers at Nabawa (3270 Chapman Valley Road) on each ordinary meeting date.

Nanson’s Old Roads Board Building Turns 100

This project is to commemorate 100 years of the original headquarters of local government in Chapman Valley, the Old Roads Board Building.  The building is now the focal point at the Chapman Valley Museum and the motivation behind the formation of the museum.

The building is undergoing conservation works to be able to install new display material and showcase the building as it was 100 years ago.  This project will be official reopening of the Old Roads Board building coinciding with its 100 year anniversary.

On Wednesday 11th September, the celebration will include a mock Council (or Chapman Valley Roads Board) meeting, Bush Poets, Market Stalls and more.  Morning Tea and lunch will be provided.

Thanks to Lotterywest and Federal Your Community Heritage Funding for providing grant assistance allowing this significant building to have a new lease of life.

Part of the celebration will be to showcase Chapman Valley local produce with local market stalls and homemade crafts.  If you are interested in having a stall contact Kerry Kupsch  99205050.
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ASIST Suicide First Aid

The Shire of Chapman Valley have been working with One Life WA to help promote suicide awareness within our community.  There is a free workshop available to anyone within our community who wish to be trained in suicide prevention skills.

ASIST is a 2-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid.

Participants learn to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and respond in ways that help increase their immediate safety and link them to further help.

ASIST aims to enhance a caregiver’s abilities to help a person at risk avoid suicide.
Date                Friday 21st June and Saturday 22nd June 2013
Time:              9.00am-5.00pm
Venue:            St Johns Sub Centre - Northampton

For anyone wishing to know about other training opportunities, or simply would like to be part of a local group to help promote suicide prevention or awareness, contact the Shire's Community Development Officer, One Life WA Coordinator.

Chapman Valley Community Harvest Ball

Saturday 5th October

Keep this date free in your calendar for a great night out in Chapman Valle
Click HERE to contact the organising committee
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State NRM Community Grants

2013 Community Grants - Applications OPEN
The Western Australian Government is making available $3 million to fund community projects as part of the 2013 State NRM Program.

Grants of between $10 000 and $50 000 are available to eligible groups for any on-ground activity that will assist in the conservation, restoration, rehabilitation or enhancement of a local natural area, including land, water or marine areas, or the conservation of biodiversity.
Applications must be received by 5 pm Friday 5 July 2013.


Greater Geraldton Sporting Achievement Grants

The Mid West Sports Federation, in partnership with the City of Greater Geraldton is offering grants to assist athletes with travel expenses.
The Greater Geraldton Sporting Achievement Grants program aims to give a financial boost to individuals selected to compete at a high level in their chosen sport. Through this program, which is independent of the MWAS, the Mid West Sports Federation in partnership with the City of Greater Geraldton, seeks to support the development of Geraldton based athletes who are often burdened by many costs faced during the pursuit of their development.  $300 grants are offered per athlete from a total funding pool of $10,000.
For more details please contact Sue Patman at


Our Neighbourhood Community Grants

Australia Post is offering between $1000 and $25 000 to help build healthier, more vibrant and more inclusive communities across Australia.  For more information or obtain an application kit phone 1800 765 772 or go to or email the Australia Post Grants Manager  Applications Close 28th June
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