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The below information was published at 7.07am Firday 3 April 2020.
The State Government has declared a State of Emergency for Western Australia. For updated information, including State of Emergency Declarations and Directions see further COVID-19 State of Emergency details.
The Shire would like to assure residents and visitors that the health and wellbeing of our community is Council’s highest priority. We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and closely following advice provided daily by the Department of Health.
The Shire’s COVID-19 Community Care Package aims to ease the social and financial burdens on local community members, groups and businesses that are being experienced as part of the global pandemic.
Please read our FAQs below for more details on the Community Care Package and information concerning residents, community groups, business owners and travellers.
The Shire will update details on this page frequently as new COVID-19 information arises.
If you have a particular question or concern relating to a Shire service or facility please email COVID19@amrshire.wa.gov.au.
The Shire's Community Care Package has been initiated in response to the escalating coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, which is having a considerable and serious economic and social impact on the community.
The package aims to support the existing Federal and State Government measures that have been put in place to support people in the community, particularly those most vulnerable and local businesses. The package includes:
Rates, Fees and Charges
In Kind Support
Community Care and Business Support Funding
This fund is open from the 26 March 2020, with assessments to be completed on a rolling basis. The fund can be used to support projects or services that:
Community Group Newsletters
Funding recipients annoucements
Following State and Federal Government advice, the Shire has moved to implement public closures for the following:
Full details of alternative service delivery models are currently being investigated. We hope to continue as many community services as possible via telephone and online means. Exact details will be posted to this page and announced via the Shire's Facebook page as soon as practically possible.
The Shire is not permitting in-person attendance at public meetings. Web links will be promoted in advance of any Council meeting held during the COVID-19 emergency to enable people to watch via a livestream video.
Meetings will still include public question time and provide for deputations. These must be received in writing prior to the meeting and will be read out by a present officer during the meeting. Please email email@example.com for more information.
Details to watch the upcoming Council meeting are advertised on the Council Meeting minutes and agenda page.
Augusta and Margaret River Recreation Centres
HEART Margaret River
Holiday Parks - (Turner Holiday Park, Flinders Holiday Park, Alexandra Bridge Campground)
Margaret River Youth Precinct (Skate Park)
Public Playgrounds & BBQs
The only exemptions to the public facilities shut down are services deemed as essential. The Shire will continue to operate the following as long as it is legally possible:
Kids Club - Childcare Outside School Hours Care
The Australian Government has announced new social distancing measures to protect the Australian community from the spread of the coronavirus. Restrictions have been placed on a number of non-essential services.
These measures also apply to outdoor spaces associated with the above venues.
Read more about restrictions on non-essential services.
The Federal Government has ordered the closure of cafes, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, cinemas and other businesses likely to serve food and beverages.
For businesses still operating a takeaway service, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 the Shire encourages the community to:
State of Emergency occasional liquor licence
Occasional liquor licences may be granted to existing licensed venues for up to 6 months to allow the sale of liquor with a takeaway or delivered meal.
Licensees with permanent licences of the following types will be able to apply:
Packaged liquor will be limited to one bottle of wine and one 6 pack (beer, cider or pre-mixed spirits) per order (the 6 pack can be in any combination) between the permitted hours of 12 noon and 12 midnight.
The WA Government has also moved to support local wine producers with an amendment to the current liquor restrictions to allow cellar-door sales of up to nine litres of wine (12 bottles) per customer per week in Western Australia.
Social distancing means less contact between you and other people. It helps stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases.
Social distancing is important because COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:
Public gatherings have been restricted to two people by the Federal Government.
Everyone is required to stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to go outside. You are permitted to leave home for the essentials, such as:
Read more on social distancing guidance.
For the most current information and restrictions, please visit the Federal Government Coronavirus website.
Who must self-isolate
Self-isolation means staying at home or in your hotel room for 14 days. This is to prevent the possible spread of the virus to other people.
You must self-isolate or quarantine if any of the following applies to you:
All travellers returning home from overseas will be quarantined in a hotel or designated facility for 14 days. This will take effect from 11.59pm Saturday 28 March.
This means you:
Advice for Senior Australians including those with existing health conditions
The health and wellbeing of senior Australians remains a primary concern in this uncertain time. COVID-19 has more serious impacts on older Australians, those over 70 years of age and Australians with existing health conditions or comorbidities.
The Federal Government strongly advises self-isolation at home to the maximum extent practicable for Australians:
These groups should limit contact with others as much as possible when they travel outside.
Both the Federal and State Governments are assisting businesses to manage cash flow challenges and retain employees.
State Government funding info at www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au
Other assistance from the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC)
To help businesses continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, the SBDC have created the following free online workshops and webinars:
Contact the SBDC on 133 140 should you require over-the-phone business advisory services.
The Shire supports My Community Directory which lists key information and contacts for local groups and services. Be sure to register your community group or service and use this to inform fellow community members about changes to your regular activities. The Shire routinely provides hardcopy directories at the Augusta Community Resource Centre and Margaret River Community Centre. Resources include:
Intrastate travel restrictions
The WA Government has implemented new intrastate travel restrictions effective from midnight, Tuesday, March 31 2020. Restrictions placed on travel in the entire state includes movement through the boundaries of the following regions:
Source: Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Western Australians will not be permitted to leave their regional boundary. Police have the power to enforce these restrictions and fines of up to $50,000 can be issued.
Exemptions will apply for:
Read more on Western Australia's Prohibiton on Regional Travel Directions.
Accommodation options for stranded or displaced travellers
Stranded or displaced travellers, including those sleeping in vehicles are advised to contact Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association who are coordinating provision of longer-term emergency self-contained accommodation.
International travellers who wish to return home are being advised to contact their Embassy or Consulate immediately to assist with repatriation options.
The UN Migration Agency is also offering support to travellers who do not have adequate finances to return home. Funding is available to cover the cost of a plane ticket home, bus fare to Perth and assistance getting a passport. This includes people whose visas have expired - noting there will be no negative immigration record for using this service.
Accommodation providers who have guests who are self-isolating
It is important that people who are required to self-isolate in accordance with government protocols, be provided with support and care. Some people in Western Australia will require alternative accommodation to comply with self-isolation protocols. Should your accommodation business be in this situation, the WA Department of Health has issued advice to assist you manage the matter.
Disability support information
Mental Health support
The Shire recognises the COVID-19 situation may see community members experiencing social isolation, economic uncertainty and emotional distress. If you are concerned about yourself or others we encourage you to:
For financial support and assistance, the following support is available:
Community members needing emergency relief assistance can contact the Margaret River Community Centre Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm to access urgent support for food, fuel or pharmacy.
St Vincent de Paul also offer emergency relief across WA and can be contacted on 1300 794 054.
Red Cross can provide you with a daily telephone call to check on your wellbeing at home, through a service known as Telecross. This provides peace of mind for isolated community members are at risk of an accident, illness, or health deterioration that may go unnoticed and leave you being unable to call for help. The volunteer will check to see that you are well and provide a friendly voice to wake up to each morning.
Just Home provides support and guidance for those experiencing housing stress.
Printable COVID-19 resources
Environmental cleaning factsheet (workplaces)
Other general hygiene promotion posters
Media releases & statements
PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285
41 Wallcliffe Road
Monday to Friday
Ph 08 9780 5255
Fax 08 9757 2512
66 Allnut Terrace
Monday to Friday
Ph 08 9780 5255
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