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Welcome to the Shire of MERREDIN

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

This page was last updated on September 14, 2020 at 3.15pm

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.

Business Information for Residents

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Department of Communities Information

Community News and Information

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🔔 NEW INFORMATION

29 August 2020

The new tentative start date for Phase 5 will now be Saturday, 24 October. A final decision on whether Phase 5 can proceed on this date, or if it can be brought forward, will be decided in October.

Phase 5 would see remaining restrictions removed, except WA’s hard border and access to remote Aboriginal communities.

It would also see the removal of WA’s 2 square metre rule and the 50 per cent capacity for our major venues

7 August 2020

Phase 5 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap has been further pushed back by 2 weeks, with the new tentative date to be Saturday, 29 August 2020.

18 July 2020

Based on the latest health advice, Phase 5 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap, due to be implemented on Saturday, 18 July, has been pushed back.

Phase 5 would see remaining restrictions removed, except WA’s hard border and access to remote Aboriginal communities.

It would also see the removal of WA’s 2 square metre rule and the 50 per cent capacity for our major venues.

The new tentative date for Phase 5 will now be Saturday, 1 August. A final decision on whether Phase 5 can proceed on this date will be decided in about 2 weeks’ time.

22 June 2020

Due to the world-leading response to COVID in WA, Phase 4 will start on Saturday, June 27 (11.59pm Friday, June 26) and will result in: 

  • All existing gathering limits and the 100/300 rule removed;
  • Gathering limits now only determined by WA's reduced 2sqm rule;
  • The 2sqm rule will include staff only at venues that hold more than 500 patrons;
  • Removal of seated service requirements at food businesses and licensed premises;
  • No requirement to maintain patron register at food businesses and licensed premises;
  • Alcohol can be served as part of unseated service arrangements;
  • All events permitted except for large scale, multi-stage music festivals;
  • Unseated performances permitted at venues such as concert halls, live music venues, bars, pubs and nightclubs;
  • Gyms operating unstaffed, but regular cleaning must be maintained; and
  • The casino gaming floor reopening under agreed temporary restrictions.

For WA's major sport and entertainment venues, a 50 per cent capacity rule will apply. Therefore, under Phase 4 the temporary capacity of Optus Stadium will be 30,633 for sport events (35,000 for concerts), HBF Park can hold 10,150 (16,500 for concerts) and RAC Arena can hold 7,150 (8,250 for concerts).

Media Statement - Premier Mark McGowan

8 June 2020

As part of the Phase 3 operating guidelines - which are in line with the latest health advice - restrictions have been lifted to allow parents, carers and visitors inside schools for meetings and to drop off and pick up students, subject to physical distancing and hygiene measures.

Events and activities such as assemblies, excursions, interschool activities, school choirs and examinations can now resume providing schools abide by a limit of 100 people in indoor settings and 300 people in outdoor areas.

Media Statement - Premier Mark McGowan.

1 June 2020

Phase 3 will come into effect from Saturday, June 6 (11.59pm Friday, June 5). It includes:

  • non-work indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people at any one time, per single undivided space, up to 300 people in total per venue (100/300 rule);
  • food businesses and licensed premises may operate with seated service;
  • alcohol may be served without a meal at licensed premises (patrons must be seated);
  • food courts can reopen with a seated service;
  • beauty therapy and personal care services to reopen;
  • saunas, bath houses, float centres, massage and wellness centres to reopen (100/300 rule);
  • galleries, museums, theatres, auditoriums, cinemas and concert venues can reopen (during any performance, the patrons must be seated. (100/300 rule));
  • Rottnest Island to reopen to the WA general public;
  • Perth Zoo to open with no patron limit for the whole venue (the 100/300 rule applies to indoor spaces and cafés/restaurants);
  • wildlife and amusement parks can reopen (100/300 rule);
  • arcades (including pool/snooker, ten pin bowling, Timezone), skate rinks and indoor play centres to reopen (100/300 rule);
  • auction houses and real estate auctions can reopen;
  • TAB and other gaming venues (other than the Casino which is being considered separately) are permitted to reopen;
  • full contact sport and training is now permitted;
  • playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment are permitted to be used;
  • parents/guardians will be able to enter school grounds to drop off or pick up their children;
  • gyms, health clubs and indoor sports centres will be able to offer the normal range of activities, including the use of all gym equipment (gyms must be staffed at all times and undertake regular cleaning). 

Large community sporting facilities or wildlife parks that can accommodate more than 300 patrons, while allowing for two square metres per patron, may be able to apply for an exemption to the 300 patron limit through wa.gov.au for a decision by the Chief Health Officer.

Media statement - Premier Mark McGowan.

25 May 2020

Western Australia's remaining regional travel boundaries will be reduced further, as part of the State Government's gradual and safe easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

From this Friday, May 29 (or 11.59pm on Thursday, May 28), the regional boundaries will be lifted except for regions that are bound by the Commonwealth's designated biosecurity determination and 274 remote Aboriginal communities.

Media Statement - Premier Mark McGowan


OUR FACILITIES

Administration

The Shire of Merredin is pleased to welcome members of the public back to the Administration building, as of Wednesday 13 May, 2020.

Physical distancing rules continue to apply.

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

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

The Central Wheatbelt Visitors Centre is open to the public for visitor servicing, travel advice, and TransWA bookings.

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, and the Library will be operating under reduced hours for the time being.

The reduced opening hours are as follows:
Monday – 10.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday – 10.00am – 2.00pm
Wednesday – 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Thursday – 10.00am – 2.00pm
Friday – 10.00am – 2.00pm
Saturday – 10.00am – 12.00pm (noon)

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

The Shire of Merredin is pleased to welcome members of the public back to the Administration building, as of Wednesday 13 May, 2020.

All DoT services are now proceeding business as usual.

To ensure that we can attend to you efficiently and without delay we recommend that you call and make an appointment for all Department of Transport Services

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

TransWA

The Central Wheatbelt Visitors Centre is now open to the public for TransWA bookings.

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

You can also book online at www.transwa.wa.gov.au

You will require a valid Concession Card to travel on a Concession Fare, it must have an expiry date in advance of your travel date. 

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.

  

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

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.

BOOT CAMPS

Non-work indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people at any one time are now permitted. 

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

Social 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.

      

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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