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Welcome to the Shire of MERREDIN

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

This page was last updated on January 18, 2022 at 4.00pm

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.

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.

Business Information for Residents

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WA Government


NEW INFORMATION

Thursday, 20 January 2022

MERREDIN LOCATION VISITIED BY A CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASE

Please be advised that a COVID-19 positive case visited Subway Merredin, which has now been listed as a LOW-RISK exposure site.

If you attended Subway Merredin on Tuesday, 18 January 2022 between 3.45pm and 4.30pm, please refer to directions on the Healthy WA Website (bit.ly/HealthyWAExposureLocations) and monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, please contact the Merredin Hospital on 9081 3222 to organise a test and isolate until a negative result is received.

We are encouraging everyone in the community to check in regularly with the WA Government and Healthy WA websites and monitor exposure sites and health advice.

WA Government

Healthy WA

Information Booklet - Owners and Operators of an Identified Exposure Site

Information Booklet - Infection prevention and Control Advice for Environmental Cleaning of a Site following COVID-19 Exposure

Thursday, 13 January 2022

From Monday 31 January, proof of vaccination requirements will expand to apply to venues and events state-wide.


SERVICEWA APP

The ServiceWA app is a mobile application provided by the WA Government to help connect with WA State Government services. Initially the ServiceWA app aims to assist the community during the COVID-19 transition, and aims to expand to include other services into the future. It is designed for Australian residents or citizens who live in WA or are regularly visiting WA.

The ServiceWA app allows you to activate and access the following WA Government services in one place:

  • SafeWA –for individuals checking in at WA businesses, venues and events.
  • Import COVID-19 digital certificate – for secure presentation of your proof of vaccination or exemption on demand.
  • G2G Pass – to access your travel passes when you travel into WA.

Privacy and security are our priority. The ServiceWA app uses Digital Identity for an individual’s verification, meaning only you can access the app and its services.  You will need to set up your Digital Identity before you can use the ServiceWA app.

The ServiceWA app is available to download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

You must be at least 16 years old to use the ServiceWA app.

Click here for more information


OUR FACILITIES

Administration

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

Please use the QR code or contact registry to sign in when attending the venue. 

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.

All visitors are kindly asked to sanitise their hands upon entry into the building.

Please use the QR code or contact registry to sign in when attending the venue. 

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

Cummins Theatre

PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIRED TO ATTEND
Based on the latest health advice from the WA State Government, from January 31 2022 onward, proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirements for people aged 16 years and over will apply to the Cummins Theatre. Please have your proof of vaccination certificate ready to show when requested by venue staff.  

Please use the QR code or contact registry to sign in when attending the venue. 

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 and hand sanitising stations are still in place.

Please use the QR code or contact registry to sign in when attending the venue. 

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


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.

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.

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**