Bellevue Residents and Ratepayers Association chairman passion about helping suburb

Martin Chape
Martin Chape

IN Bellevue, Martin Chape has been an articulate leader for change in a community he has come to love, and he also supports others, with his website encouraging support for solar power and offering guidance on green issues and debates.

He is delighted to be in the area as part of the change he has campaigned for since he moved here in 1997.

Mr Chape is a former public servant who now also serves the local community as a Justice of the Peace, being called on to assist community members and the police, attending prisons and the Central Law Courts.

He studied engineering and he is a qualified PADI scuba instructor.

He has developed a passionate interest in marine life and recognises how “what we do on the land has a far greater impact upon the whole planet”.

A member of the Alternative Technology Association, as well as an active member of his local community, Mr Chape also has given his time to the remediation of large contaminated sites, working with the Department of Environment and Conservation.

As the chairman of the Bellevue Residents and Ratepayers Association, Mr Chape has a passionate interest in the environment around where he lives.

He writes magazine articles sharing his own experience of installing and using energy-saving devices.

As a member of a taskforce for the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, he is assisting with the planning for a large-scale waste recovery plant, and he has also assisted Boral in Midland to achieve ISO14001 environmental certification for a large industrial plant.

He works as a volunteer on several state and local government planning committees, as well as carrying out regular court duties in his role as a JP.

Mr Chape said he took great pleasure from setting himself green challenges and solving the technical problems they sometimes produced.

He has been a vocal campaigner for saving the old wheat silo in Midland, the passenger rail being extended to Bellevue and the new housing development in Bellevue around the old primary school, which closed in 2004.

Other local projects that have ignited his interest include Goodchild Oval, with developers keen to build new housing on the site to service the new hospital, and Curtin University’s proposed new campus at the Old Midland Railway Workshops, which is scheduled to open in 2016.

Mr Chape assisted Midland Brick to achieve ISO14001 environmental certification and is a member of the Air Quality Co-ordinating Committee helping to advise the Environment Minister on policy.

He is also a member of the Community Reference Group set up by Main Roads for the Lloyd Street Rail Grade Separation Project.