Travel Restrictions in WA
Non-essential travel between WA regions will be restricted from midnight on Tuesday 31 March 2020. Western Australians will not be permitted to leave their regional boundary of the Perth-Peel, Kimberly, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Mid-West, Goldfields-Esperance, Wheatbelt, Great Southern and South West.
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
– compassionate grounds.
For Further information on restrictions visit WA Government website
Information and guidance is available from the World Health Organisation.
The Australian Department of Health and the Western Australian Department of Health are the leading agencies for information about COVID-19 in WA.
You can also call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
The WA Government website is also a good source of information.
Shire of Merredin
Continues 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.
Following advice from the Federal Government against holding non-essential, organised public gatherings of more than 500 people, the Shire has cancelled a number of events and is currently in the process of reviewing all other events regardless of participant numbers. For more information of cancelled events as well as those under review click here.
The Shire regrets any disappointment or inconvenience, but its highest priority is the health and wellbeing of the community and visitors to the Shire.
As a matter of priority, our staff are working with community service providers that operate within the Shire to ensure support is available for vulnerable members of the community at this time, particularly the aged and those that live alone.
In line with advice from the State Department of Communities, the Shire will be acting as a conduit for information and assist where appropriate.
Due to Government regulations, the following Shire facilities will be CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE from Monday 23 March, 2020;
– Merredin Library
– Cummins Theatre
– Central Wheatbelt Visitors Centre
– Merredin Regional Community Recreation Centre
– Shire Administration Building
TransWA services will continue online and over the phone. Should you not be able to make EFTPOS payments over the phone, please contact the Visitors Centre on 9041 1666 and they will make alternative arrangements.
Signage has been installed at various Shire facilities to remind members of the public not to enter if they have recently returned from overseas, are felling unwell, or have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Essential services such as bin collections will continue as normal, at this stage.
The Shire is working to ensure the safety of our community members and staff and has advised employees not to attend work if they have cold or flu symptoms, or fit any of the self-isolation criteria outlined by the DoH.
The Federal Government advises that social distancing measures are best introduced at the earliest stages of community transmission and the Shire encourages all residents to exercise personal responsibility for these precautionary measures.
To assist our small team of staff, responsible for ensuring many essential services to our community, we also strongly encourage the use of EFTPOS and online payment facilities where possible and also the electronic submission of paper documentation.