CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Published: Tuesday, 14 April 2020 at 11:00:00 AM

The Shire of Westonia will continue to be guided by the Federal Government and Department of Health WA (DoH) in relation to appropriate responses relating to the COVID-19 Coronavirus issue.

Please note this information is current as of 11am, Tuesday 14th April, 2020. We will provide regular updates to our community as the situation changes and Government and health advice comes through. 

West Australians can contact the COVID-19 Hotline with any questions on the COVID-19 State of Emergency: 13 26 843.

For all advice and information in regards to COVID-19 please continue to visit the following websites.


NEW INFORMATION

Strict temporary border controls are now in place for Western Australia. As of Sunday 5 March 2020, you are no longer able to enter the state unless an exemption has granted.

Exemptions apply for the following:
- Health services
- Emergency services
- Transport, freight and logistics
- Specialists skills, not available in WA, for industry or business continuity;
- National or State security and governance; and
- Courts and judicial services.

If you would like to apply for an exemption, please visit WA Government.

PM Scott Morrison announced on 29 March 2020 that further restrictions would come into place to contain the spread of COVID-19, including;

  • DO NOT GO OUTSIDE unless it is essential - such as for shopping and medical care, exercise and education if this can't be done from home
  • No more than TWO people per gathering in public unless from the same family / household
  • Public playgrounds, outside gyms, and skate parks will close 30 March 2020 (Boot camps restricted to 2 people)
  • People 70+ should stay home, self-isolate, and limit contact with others. This also applies to people over 60 with chronic illness and Indigenous Australians over 50
  • Moratorium on evictions for SIX months if tenants are unable to pay rent 
  • Commercial tenants and landlords should negotiate to maintain business viability

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Social distancing limits the contact you have with other people, and can be any of the following:

  • Stay home unless absolutely necessary
  • Avoid hand shaking, hugs, or kisses
  • Use EFTPOS instead of cash
  • Practice good hand hygiene
  • Travel at quiet times and avoid crowds
  • Keep a distance of 1.5m
  • Avoid all public gatherings and high risk groups

View the DoH information pamphlet.


CHANGES TO COUNCIL MEETING PLACE AND PUBLIC QUESTION TIME COVID-19

New Local Government Regulations have come into effect which enable local governments to host and attend Council and Committee meetings electronically in a public health emergency, which has been declared by the Federal and State Governments with respect to COVID-19.

In order to adhere to the social distancing and self-isolation rules that have been put into place, Council will be holding future Ordinary Council Meetings electronically, commencing from 16 April 2020. 

This format will continue until the public health emergency has passed.

Elected Members will attend the meetings electronically via a video conferencing platform and from a suitable place, which have both been determined by the Council .

The Regulations provide that the meeting(s) will be deemed to be open to the public if the Minutes are available for public inspection within 10 working days after the meeting.

Public Question Time will still remain an item on the Agenda however the format will change. Questions and comments need to be submitted to the Shire by 4.00pm on the Tuesday prior to the meeting.  The comments and questions need to relate to items that are on the Agenda, which is available for inspection the Friday prior to the meeting. Council and Officers will endeavour to answer any questions at the meeting.  A summary of both the question and the response will be recorded in the Minutes.

Regrettably, the COVID-19 public health emergency has meant that Council business needs to be conducted in a slightly different way. This notwithstanding, the Shire is committed to continuing to be open, transparent and accountable to the community and there are many other ways that people can make contact with the Shire, other than attendance at monthly Council meetings.

Elected Members are available to contact individually, should you wish to discuss any Shire or Council related matters.  Councillor contact details can be found on the Shire’s website at https://www.westonia.wa.gov.au/councillors.

Shire Officers can also be contacted by email, telephone or via the Shire website’s ‘Contact Us’ page. 

For further information please contact Jasmine Geier, Manager of Corporate Services on telephone 90467063 or email admin@westonia.wa.gov.au

 


PLAYGROUND CLOSURES

In accordance with Federal and State advice to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Shire has closed the following playground:
 
  • Cyril Perrin playground and skatepark

For more information or to apply for an exemption, please visit WA State Government.


BUILDING CLOSURES & SHIRE SERVICES

Due to Government regulations, the following Shire facilities will be CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE from Monday 23 March, 2020;

  • Westonia Public Library
  • Westonia Gym
  • Westonia Recreation Centre
  • Westonia Miners Hall Cinema
  • Hood-Penn Museum.
  • Westonia Memorial Swimming Pool

ADMIN SERVICES: Shire Administration Office will remain open at this stage to take your calls or answer any questions between 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Residents are requested to communicate with the Shire by telephone on (08) 9046 7063 or via email on admin@westonia.wa.gov.au

Services provided over the phone include; Rates, 

BIN COLLECTIONS: Essential services such as bin collections will continue as normal, at this stage.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT: Staff are able to process any DOT transaction at present , Please contact our Admin office for an appointment on (08) 90467063 or Alternatively Please call DOT on 13 11 56, or sign up for an online account, should you need to make a payment.

 


WESTONIA CARAVAN PARK / CAMPING IN THE SHIRE OF WESTONIA

In line with the National Cabinet advice on non-essential travel, Shire of Westonia have made the decision to close Westonia Caravan Park and Westonia RV 48hr Stopover area until further notice.

No new customers will be permitted to park in these facilities, or overflow facilities at Westonia Recreation Centre until further notice.

 Current visitors have to Sunday 29th March 2020 to vacate.

There will also be NO CAMPING facilities within the Shire of Westonia over Easter and the upcoming school holidays including ELACHBUTTING AND BALADJIE ROCKS. This decision takes into account the best available information available to us to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 in our community.

 


TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN WA

The WA Government has introduced further restrictions on travel within Western Australia regions from midnight Tuesday 31 March 2020 (12.00am AWST Wednesday morning 1 April 2020). Western Australians are not permitted to leave their regional boundary. These regions include;

  • Perth and Peel (due to their close proximity, the Perth and Peel regions will combine into one region)
  • South West
  • Great Southern
  • Goldfields-Esperance
  • Mid-West
  • Wheatbelt
  • Gascoyne
  • Pilbara
  • Kimberley

Police have the power to enforce these restrictions and fines of up to $50,000 can be issued. 

Exemptions will apply for the following circumstances:

  • employment purposes
  • medical reasons
  • health & emergency services
  • people living in ‘border communities’, who may not have access to groceries or supplies within their region
  • freight
  • compassionate grounds

The Commonwealth Government has also implemented a ‘do not travel’ ban on Australians travelling overseas under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

For more information or to apply for an exemption, please visit WA State Government.


INFORMATIONAL POSTERS 

To the view downloadable promotional posters, please click the images below.

        


USEFUL RESOURCES

To stay informed of updates and essential information we recommend you download the Federal Government's 'Coronavirus Australia' app in the Apple App Store or Google Play (for Androids).

 

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