Advice of Works - April 2024

Published on Thursday, 14 March 2024 at 1:00:00 PM

  • Bitumen resealing. Works are to scheduled to be completed mid-April.
  • Bitumen resealing. Works are to scheduled to be completed mid-April.
  • Bitumen resealing. Works are to scheduled to be completed end of April.


  • Drainage works to commence mid-April.


  • Road upgrade works on a section of Southampton Road at the intersection with Spring Gully Road.
  • Works will be ongoing throughout April.


    • Construction works for a new footpath along the Preston River to commence early April and continue through to mid-May.
    • View the Concept Map
    UPPER CAPEL ROAD BRIDGE (ongoing since November 2023)
    • Replacement of Bridge 3275 on Upper Capel Road began as proposed in November 2023.
    • Demolition of existing single lane timber bridge plus the construction of a new dual lane concrete bridge, with roadworks, are included in the proposed works.
    • Road closures will be in place at the Upper Capel Rd Bridge for a period of up to six (6) months from November 2023 (May 2024).
      View the full notice + plans here


    • Gravel road grading will continue throughout April.
    • Preparations underway for the Balingup Small Farm Field Day.
    • Post-event clean-up works from Donnybrook Apple Festival. 
    • Check out the Events Calendar


      Hours of operation are typically between 7:00am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Works will be clearly signed, and we request tat you exercise due care when travelling near or through the designated areas. Delays are expected to be minimal. 

      Should you have any enquiries or require further information, please contact the Shire Works & Services Department during Office Hours (Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 4:00pm). Alternatively, you can submit your enquiry online:

      Contact Us

      - Dr Garry Hunt PSM, Chief Executive Officer

      The Restricted Burning Period is here (1 - 26 April annually).

      As we are in the Restricted Burning Period, you are not permitted to burn without a Fire Permit.

      Permits can be obtained through your local Fire Control Officer listed in the Fire Break Order sent with your Rates notices, or alternatively it can be found on the Shire website. If the FCO is unavailable, please reach out to the Shire and ask to speak to the Community Emergency Services Manager or the Ranger.

      Fire prevention measures must be completed, and all properties cleared of fire hazards before 1 December each year to reduce the risk of fires during the bushfire season. Shire Rangers commence annual property inspections on 1 December to ensure they comply with Council’s Fire Break Order. Fire breaks shall be 2m wide constructed to a mineral earth standard free of all flammable material and maintained throughout the entire compliance period.

      Please be aware that, due to the impact of smoke, burning is still prohibited on land under 2000 m2.

      Remember - lighting a fire is prohibited on any day where the Fire Danger Forecast is High or above, or if a Total Fire Ban has been declared. As these dates are subject to change, please check with the Shire prior to lighting any fires. 


      You can’t get back what you’ve lost. 

      We want everyone to be prepared for an emergency, whether it’s a fire, flood or other crisis. Too many conversations after an emergency begin with “I wish I had…” People wish they’d taken the kids’ baby photographs, kept their passports safe, upped their insurance, or checked in with their neighbours. It’s these conversations that drive us to empower everyone in our community to prepare.

      Emergency Preparation Resources

      Australian Red Cross → visit this website to download the Get Prepared app, download your RediPlan, or build your survival kit. 

      DFES → visit this website to access resources from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, with information covering fires to floods.

      Being Bushfire Ready

      • Call 000 to report a life-threatening emergency, and/or to request police, ambulance and/or fire services.
      • To stay informed during an emergency, visit:
      • View a live map on that updates regularly and contains key information such as where you can evacuate to or what roads are closed
      • Listen to the ABC Radio to hear live updates
      • Develop and practice a bushfire survival plan (create an easy to print plan for leaving early or staying and defending your property)
      • Prepare an emergency kit for yourself and your pets - use this checklist to make sure you have everything you need
        Emergency Survival Kit Checklist
      • Research on what do with animals in an emergency (local procedures), starting here:
        DFES website (Pets and Livestock)

      Other Key Resources

      Here are some resources that you can use to stay safe:

      DFES Publications Property Preparation Checklist Bushfire Survival Plan – Leaving for a safer place Bushfire Survival Plan – Planning to actively defend Bushfire – Homeowners Survival Manual Bushfire – Bushfire Ready Groups Winter Burning Guide DMIRS - Building for Better Protection in a Bushfire Area


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