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Welcome to the Shire of MERREDIN

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

This page was last updated on April 27, 2021 at 1.30pm

The Shire of Merredin 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.

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.

The Shire will take all appropriate action in assessment of public safety in line with its normal planning process.

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🔔 NEW INFORMATION

27 April 2021

The Perth and Peel lockdown will end as planned from 12.01am, Tuesday 27 April.

A post-lockdown transition will be in place until 12.01am, Saturday 1 May.

The following measures will be in place:

  • Continue wearing a mask in public, while at work and on public transport unless exemptions apply e.g. vigorous outdoor exercise
  • 20-person limit for private indoor and outdoor gatherings
  • 20-patron capacity limit and 4sqm rule for:
    • cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs for seated food and drink service only
    • beauty salons, hairdressers and barbers
    • public venues such as recreation centres, outdoor playgrounds, museums and swimming pools
    • places of worship
    • entertainment venues
  • No visitors to aged and disability care facilities and hospitals, except for compassionate reasons and advocacy
  • Weddings and funerals can proceed with up to 100 guests, but require an exemption
  • Professional and community sports, including training, permitted but without spectators
  • Elective surgery can proceed for category 1 and urgent category 2 surgeries only
  • Schools, childcare centres and TAFEs open - mask-wearing requirements apply for all school staff and secondary students, but not primary school students or staff when teaching
  • Universities open for online learning only
  • Fitness clubs, gyms, casinos and nightclubs remain closed

Regional travel restrictions will be removed, but restrictions on travel to remote Aboriginal communities remain in place.

Anyone in an unaffected region who has been in Perth or Peel since 17 April must comply with mask-wearing requirements.

31 January 2021

WA Health today confirmed that a security guard who works at a State Supervised Quarantine Facility (hotel) has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The guard, a man in his 20’s, worked at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel on Tuesday 26 January, Wednesday 27 January, when he could have acquired the infection, and was diagnosed with COVID-19 overnight.

This indicates that the guard likely acquired the infection while at the hotel. Exactly how the infection was acquired remains under investigation.

He developed symptoms on Thursday 28 January and phoned in sick and did not go to work at the quarantine facility.

COVID-19 was detected following the man’s mandatory day seven swab.

He had tested negative for COVID-19 on January Friday 15, January Sunday 17 and Saturday January 23.

There is a known case of UK B.1.1.7 variant strain in quarantine at the hotel.

The man’s immediate household contacts have been contacted, tested and placed in isolation at State managed quarantine facilities to complete a 14-day quarantine period in a quarantine facility. All three have tested negative this morning.

The man was believed to be infectious at the following locations:

https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus/Locations-visited-by-confirmed-cases

Anyone who was at the above locations during the specified times is urged to attend a COVID-19 clinic for testing and remain in quarantine while awaiting the test result.

Close contacts will be contacted by public health officials and asked to quarantine for 14 days.

Read more here.


OUR FACILITIES

Administration

The building will be open from Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm.

Physical distancing rules continue to apply.

Please refrain from attending the Administration Building if you are feeling unwell.

You can contact Shire staff via any of the following:
📞 (08) 9041 1611 
🌐 admin@merredin.wa.gov.au
✉️ Facebook Page

Central Wheatbelt Visitors Centre

Opening hours for the CWVC will be Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4.00pm.

Physical distancing measures will continue to be in place until further notice, and all visitors are kindly asked to sanitise their hands upon entry into the building.

You can contact Visitor Centre Staff via any of the following;
📞 (08) 9041 1666 
🌐 visitor@merredin.wa.gov.au
✉️ Facebook Page

Cummins Theatre

Cummins Theatre is open to the public under normal operating hours.

You can contact Theatre Staff via any of the following;
📞 (08) 9041 3295
🌐 cumminstheatre@merredin.wa.gov.au
✉️ Facebook Page

Merredin Library

The Merredin Library is open to the public.

Physical distancing measures are still in place.

Monday – 10.00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday – 10.00am – 5.00pm
Wednesday – 10.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday – 10.00am – 6.00pm
Friday – 10.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday – 10.00am – 12.00pm (noon)
Sunday - CLOSED

The Call and Collect service is still available, simply contact the Library to place your book order.

📞 (08) 9041 1222
🌐 library@merredin.wa.gov.au

OUR SERVICES

Bin Collection

Essential services such as bin collections will continue as normal.

Department of Transport

All DoT services are now proceeding business as usual.

Please note: we are currently only accepting Practical Driving Assessments from Wheatbelt clients

CLOSURES

Playground Closures

As part of Phase 3, the following playgrounds are now OPEN to the public:
  • Apex Park playground and skatepark
  • MRCLC Playground
  • French Ave Playgrounds
  • South Ave Playground

Road Closures

There are currently no road closures in place within the Shire of Merredin.

 SHIRE COVID-19 INITIATIVES

FAVOUR FOR YOUR NEIGHBOUR

The COVID-19 epidemic has brought about a lot of change for everybody. It is important during these times that we stay connected and take the time to check in with our fellow community members to make sure that they are okay.

Here are some ways that you can check in with your friends and neighbours (while still practising safe social distancing!):

💌 Put a letter in your neighbours’ letter box
⚠️ Give your neighbour your contact details in case of an emergency
📞 Make regular phone or video calls to people you know and ask if they are okay
📱 Arrange virtual ‘playdates’ for your children, or yourself

If you know your neighbour will require extra help during this time, call Wendy at the Library on 9041 1222 and she will add them to the Vulnerable Persons List.

Alternatively, you can sign up for help by clicking here.

Red and Green Signs

The red and green signs you have received in the mail can be used to communicate to the community if you require assistance of any kind. They can be placed inside your window in a visible place, easily seen from the road.

The GREEN sign indicates that you are okay and do not require any assistance.

The RED sign indicates that you may need assistance during COVID-19.

If you see a person with a red sign in their window, and are in a position to check on this person, please do so. If you have any questions, please phone the Shire of Merredin on 9041 1611.

Download the signs below.

I don't need help  red sign

Please note, these signs are to be used only if you are unable to register for help via phone or the website. 

VOLUNTEER TO HELP

Thank you to all the COVID-19 volunteers who have assisted the Vulnerable in our community during the pandemic. 

We no longer require new volunteers for COVID-19, however there are plenty of other Volunteer opportunities to get involved with.

If you would like to sign up as a volunteer with the Merredin CRC, contact them via the following:

📞 9041 1041
📧 merredin@crc.net.a
📍 110 Barrack St Merredin
🕑 Open 9.00am - 5.00pm

COMMUNITY SAFETY

Signage has been installed at the Shire Administration building 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.

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.

GOVERNMENT INFORMATION & RESTRICTIONS

Asymptomatic Testing of COVID-19

Free asymptomatic testing of COVID-19 is now available at selected locations until Wednesday 10th June 2020.

Those eligible to participate in the DETECT Snapshot program include those over the age of 18 years who have NO symptoms and are:
- Healthcare Workers
- WA Police Staff Members
- Meat Workers
- Retail Employees
- Hospitality Workers

To book your COVID-19 test in the Wheatbelt, please call 9888 2288.

For more information, head to the Healthy WA website here: https://bit.ly/2TKEgek

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ALCOHOL

Takeaway alcohol restrictions that were temporarily implemented as part of the State Government's response to COVID-19 have now been LIFTED as of Monday 20 April, 2020. 

Read the Media Statement by Premier Mark McGowan.

APP - COVIDSAFE

The COVIDSafe app is part of our work to slow the spread of COVID-19. Having confidence we can find and contain outbreaks quickly will mean governments can ease restrictions while still keeping Australians safe.

The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary. Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus.

 

COMMERCIAL TENANCIES

The State Government has passed new laws to help businesses get through the pandemic.

Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020
➡️ Implementing a moratorium on evictions for small commercial tenancies
➡️ Introducing a code of conduct for landlords and tenants
➡️ Providing a range of additional measures to support tenants

FUNERALS

No limit on funerals, social distancing measures applicable of 1 person per 2 square metres. 

PUBLIC GATHERINGS

No limit on public gatherings, social distancing measures applicable of 1 person per 2 square metres. 

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN WA

The regional boundaries have now been lifted except for regions that are bound by the Commonwealth's designated biosecurity determination and 274 remote Aboriginal communities.

See the interactive map here.

WEDDINGS

No limit on weddings, social distancing measures applicable of 1 person per 2 square metres. 

HEALTH INFORMATION

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Coronavirus can cause a range of symptoms. Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Affected people may experience:

  • fever
  • flu like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and headaches
  • difficulty breathing.

Information sourced from Healthy WA

Physical Distancing

Everyone should continue to practise appropriate social distancing and stay home except for:

- shopping for what you need, such as food or other necessary supplies;
- medical or health care needs, including compassionate requirements;
- exercise, including outdoor personal training without shared equipment;
- training or university study, where remote learning is unavailable;
- childcare or school;
- work;
- non-contact recreational activities such as private picnics in the park, fishing, boating, hiking and camping - all in compliance with travel restrictions and the 10-person rule;
- home opens and display village openings, with appropriate record keeping and hygiene practices in place, and in compliance with the 10-person rule.

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.

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

INFORMATIONAL POSTERS

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

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MENTAL HEALTH CONTACTS

LIFELINE
📱 13 11 14
🌐 https://bit.ly/LifeLineCOVID-19

BEYONDBLUE
📱 1800 512 348
🌐 https://bit.ly/3fj3qtp

OPENARMS (VETERANS + FAMILIES)
📱 1800 011 046
🌐 https://www.openarms.gov.au/

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HOTLINE
📱 1800 020 080
🌐 https://headtohealth.gov.au/search-resources

 THINK MENTAL HEALTH 
📱1800 552 002 (Rural)
🌐 https://www.thinkmentalhealthwa.com.au/mental-health-and-covid-19/

STOP THE SPREAD

1. Cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue
2. Bin the tissue
3. Wash your hands with soap and water
4. If you have a fever or are sick, seek medical advice

**All advice is subject to daily review, based on the available advice from the Federal and State Government**

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