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

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From our President

Well another year is coming to a close, Shire has had a very productive one, summarised:
Roads crew very busy with the construction of the East Bowes road and maintaining our many km of gravel roads, Roadwork’s around the Shire are complicated by Telstra Fibre Optic cables as the cost of moving them is generally prohibitive so changing alignments or widening sections is complicated by this.

Planning Department has also been very effective in progressing the subdivisions in the growing western portion of the Shire which keeps the population steadily growing.

Grants- Are a very effective way of progressing projects in a financially stressed environment.
Nicole Batten- Shires Community Development Officer has been very effective in obtaining Grants for the community, recent success was $200,000 for Yuna Community Centre.

Nicole Siemon as Landcare and Environmental Consultant has also been very effective in attracting large grants for many environmental projects. Article elsewhere, but landowners need to get in touch with Shire consultant to commit to vermin control program as soon as possible.

Maurice Battilana our CEO with the balance of Staff keeps the administration and projects happening. It’s a very effective team effort, everyone with a different mix of skills
Volunteers are the life blood of any great Community and have been very effective in, Valley Vibes, Museum, Show, P&Cs, Sporting, Fire Brigades’ and other community projects. Many farmers contribute gravel and help the Shire in many ways, so thank you.

Last of all I wish to thank past and present Councillors for their dedication and interest in furthering their Communities.
Merry Christmas to you all

John Collingwood
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Australia Day Awards

We are pleased to announce the recent nominees for the 2014 Australia Day Awards have been received and winners will be announced at the AUSTRALIA DAY AUSSIE BREAKFAST on the 26th January 2014. To attend the event,  RSVP to us by the 20th January 2014.
Chapman Valley Citizen of the Year Nominee
Pauline Forrester
Pauline lives in Yuna and is nominated for her dedication to supporting and transporting her Grandson to Perth for regular cancer treatment , as well as Chapman Valley Ambulance Officer duties, volunteer swimming teacher at Yuna Primary School since 1978, qualified Justice of Peace, annual donations toward the Sportsperson Award at the end of year Yuna Primary School Presentation Night, as well as voluntary roles in various community organisations in the region beyond Chapman Valley.
Chapman Valley Citizen of the Year Nominee
Alicia Pawelski
Alicia lives in Yuna and is nominated for her dedication as a volunteer to the Valley Vibes Community Newspaper, Chapman Valley Football Club and Chapman Valley Agricultural Society.  In addition to using her skills as a photographer and media writing skills for the benefit of community organisations and passionately promoting Chapman Valley.
Chapman Valley Citizen of the Year Nominee
Jason Bradley
Jason lives in Parkfalls and has volunteered his time at regional, state, national and international levels in officiating and promoting ITF Taekwon-Do. Jason has taken lead roles in Chief Umpiring and Tornament Director in Midwest events. 
Chapman Valley Citizen of the Year Nominee
Nicole Batten

Nicole lives in Yuna and has been nominated for her contribution to many Chapman Valley groups such as the Valley Vibes, Yuna Tennis Club, Golf Club, CWA, P&C as well as an Ag Society Steward at the Chapman Valley Show.  Nicole also volunteers as the State Chairperson for Partners In Grain who brings information and workshops to farmers across WA.
Chapman Valley Community Group of the Year
Chapman Valley Historical Society
The Historical Society (aka Nanson Museum) is nominated for their tireless work in saving and promoting history, education, tourism and heritage through the most recent Road Board Building project.  The Road Board Building 100 year celebration, display material and DVD of local government history is evidence of how one group can bring people from both inside and outside our district to showcase Chapman Valley.  Their dedication boosts the sense of pride within our communities.
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Shire of Chapman Valley Wins Award

The Shire of Chapman Valley recently won the WA Rural Award for the Children’s Environment and Health Local Government. The awards were focusing on Shire Planning Strategies (Annual Report, Chapman Valley Community Cultural Plan, Corporate Business Plan, Strategic Community Plan and Plan for The Future) and implementation.
Shire of Chapman Valley also won an award for Stimulating Learning Environments.  This award was based on the work Shire has performed with the Museum and engaging schools in a stimulating learning environment. 
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Road Updates

East Bowes Road will remain closed until the 23rd December.

Local Traffic: Please transmit on UHF channel 11 before entering the closed section of East Bowes Road.  For more information please contact the Shire Office on 9920 5011.  Your co-operation with regards to this matter is appreciated.

The Nabawa Yetna Road Black Spot project is now complete.

Maurice Battilana
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Join Our Declared Species Group

$ 50 000 matching funds available

The Shire’s Declared Species Group will be undertaking rabbit, fox and feral pig control from now until June 2014.  The Shire can offer dollar for dollar matching funding towards control of your invasive animals.  CONTACT US NOW AS IT IS FIRST IN, FIRST SERVED! 

For 1080 users, if you have an existing DAFWA licence, then please let us know how many kilometres of rabbit baiting or number of fox baits required.  Pre-feed your pigs now so bait quantities can be determined. 

The Department of Parks and Wildlife are baiting in most of their conservation reserves this season, so it is the best opportunity yet to reduce feral animal numbers. 
Email Marieke or Nicole for more information, or phone Nicole on 0438 397 787.

Being A Better Boss Workshop

Partners in Grain are hosting a one day interactive workshop helping growers manage a key component of their farm business – their team.
This is Part 1 in a two part series of Being A Better Boss workshops being held throughout WA grain growing areas.  The Managing People workshop will be coming to Chapman Valley on the 10th Feburary 2014 and held in Yuna from 8.45am - 3pm.
Places are limited so register early. You can also go to the Partners in Grain website to find out more about other workshops offered throughout 2014.
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Grant Application Writing Training Workshop

A free one day event to help upscale individual skills and knowledge in writing quality grant applications to attract more funding into our region.  Designed for anyone who are involved in NRM and agriculture including NRM officers, Landcare/Coastcare volunteers, Grower groups representatives, relevant state and local government representatives, agribusiness personnel, other NRM professionals, teachers (who will be checking small grant for their school environmental projects), and other interested individuals within region.
The event is scheduled for 20th Feb 2014 and will be at Master Builders in 4 Walton Close in Geraldton @ 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Stanley Yokwe to register for the workshop.

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Chapman Valley Community Directory

The Shire of Chapman Valley recently assisted the Chapman Valley and Yuna Primary Schools in printing the new Chapman Valley Community Directory.  A fantastic community initiative which will become extremely useful in connecting our communities and local businesses.

You can buy your copy from both the Yuna and Chapman Valley Primary School's.

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Chapman Valley Mensed are raising money to build a shed in Nabawa.  They are an enthusiastic bunch with great project ideas, they just need a shed!
They are taking grain donations under Chapman Valley Mensed In CBH # 20245338 
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Council Meeting Dates for 2013

The Shire of Chapman Valley hereby gives public notice of its Ordinary Council meeting for 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.
Click here for 2014 Council meeting dates.

Closing at 4.30pm on Tuesday 24 December 2013, and re-opening at 8.30am on             Thursday 2 January 2014.
Public Holidays are as follows:
Christmas Day Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th December 2013.  New Year’s Day, Wednesday 1st January 2014. 
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The Community Participation Funding scheme is open year round, supporting grants between $1000 - $5000. Funding is available for projects that target low participation groups. 
Projects should either:
·         Increase participation in sport and recreation AND/OR
·         Increase the skills of people delivering sport and recreation
Click Here for funding guidelines and application form.

The SITA Community Grants Program aims to encourage community involvement and improve the quality of the local environment; develop environmental awareness and inspire participation in sustainable activities through education; contribute to improved human health and wellbeing; and/or support and encourage recreation and community building.
Funding is between $500 to $5000 and closes on 30th Jan 2014.

Click Here for more information. 

Regional Events Scheme
The scheme offers funding for eligible regional events held between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 that have the ability or potential to attract visitors to the region, achieve media attention, create vibrancy for the region and involve the community.
Event holders can apply for funding between $5,000 and $50,000. Total funding of $750,000 has been allocated for the 2014-15 RES round.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday, January 20, 2014.
Click here for more information or email Regional Event WA.


For expressions of interest in forming a working group for a community garden project, contact the Shire of Chapman Valley.

Learn new skills and share physical, social and nutritional benefits.  Community gardens provide the opportunity for greater understanding to develop between neighbours, parents, young people and people from other cultures.
Funding of up to $20,000 for new gardens and up  to $10,000 for existing gardens is available for each project.

Application close on Thursday 27 February 2014. 

Click Here for more information on the Community Gardens Grants Program.  
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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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