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Welcome to the Shire of MERREDIN

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

This page was last updated on April 6, 2020

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.

Following advice from the Federal Government against holding non-essential, organised public gatherings of more than 2 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.

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

🏤 View the list of businesses operating in Merredin during COVID-19


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


ROAD CLOSURES

Please be advised that Barrack St will be closed from Wednesday 1st April 2020. The closure will be from Bates St to Queen St and will include both directions of traffic.

This is to allow for orderly queuing outside IGA at busy times as they reduce the number of people allowed in the store at any one time in order to maintain acceptable social distancing. This arrangement will be kept under review.


RED AND GREEN SIGNS 🔴🟢

The red and green signs you have received in the mail today 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. 


PLAYGROUND CLOSURES

In accordance with Federal and State advice to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Shire is closing the following playgrounds:
 
  • Apex Park playground and skatepark
  • MRCLC Playground
  • French Ave Playgrounds
  • South Ave Playground

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.


BUILDING CLOSURES & SHIRE SERVICES

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

ADMIN SERVICES:Shire Administration Staff will remain contactable to take your calls or answer any questions between 8.30am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. Residents are requested to communicate with the Shire by telephone on (08) 9041 1611 or via email on admin@merredin.wa.gov.au. 

Services provided over the phone include; Rates, 

TRANSWA and Visitor Information services will continue online and over the phone. Should you not be able to make EFTPOS payments, please contact the Visitors Centre on 9041 1666 and they will make alternative arrangements.

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

LIBRARY: E-Memberships are still available, sign up here.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT: Staff are unable to process any DOT transaction at present due to the temporary Admin office closure. Please call DOT on 13 11 56, or sign up for an online account, should you need to make a payment. 


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.


A 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 database.

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


VOLUNTEER TO HELP

Don't need assistance during COVID-19 but would still like to help others?

We are calling out for volunteers to help members of the community in a range of activities including;
➡️ Delivering groceries and medication
➡️ Walking dogs
➡️ Picking up and posting mail
➡️ Checking in with a phone call
➡️ Other general tasks


INFORMATIONAL POSTERS 

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

   


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