Last updated 10 May 2020
The McGowan Government has released a roadmap to ease COVID-19 restrictions which comes into effect from Monday, May 18 (or 11.59pm on Sunday, May 17), giving businesses and families time to plan accordingly, and includes:
- indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings lifted to 20 people;
- people are encouraged to return to work, unless they are unwell or vulnerable;
- cafés and restaurants can reopen with meal service (including within pubs, bars, clubs, hotels and casino), limited to 20 patrons and the four square metre rule applied;
- weddings and funerals, limited to up to 20 attendees (30 for outdoor);
- places of worship, community facilities and libraries to re-open, limited to 20 patrons;
- community sports (non-contact) limited to 20 people;
- outdoor or indoor fitness classes (minimal shared equipment) limited to 20 participants;
- public swimming pools can open under strict rules (one indoor pool and one outdoor pool), limited to 20 patrons per pool.
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KOJONUP LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
It is reassuring to know that the lead hazard management agencies within the Community operate within established structures and protocols to address the uncertain times we currently face. These agencies also make up the Shire of Kojonup Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC)
Established for over 20 years, the LEMC is comprised of representatives from:
- Shire of Kojonup
- Bush Fire Brigades
- WA Police
- Kojonup Bush Fire Association
- St John Ambulance
- WA Country Health Services
- WA Volunteer Fire & Rescue
- Kojonup District High School
- Department of Communities
The Shire of Kojonup LEMC falls within a structural hierarchy which also includes a District Emergency Management Committee (DEMC) and State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC). These three groups are enshrined in legislation and play an important role during emergencies and the subsequent community recovery period, including for a pandemic such as COVID-19.
The Shire of Kojonup LEMC is currently meeting weekly to assist in the management of the current pandemic, share information and ensure all community issues are considered.
The spread of COVID-19 will have an impact on our community which will be constantly evolving over the coming weeks and months.
Precautionary social distancing measures have now been implemented to protect the health and wellbeing of our community, staff and their families. Community members are encouraged to undertake their Shire business either online, via phone or by emailing email@example.com.
Some useful links for the community:
Community members are encouraged to use the online resources listed below for up to date, factual information:
- HealthyWA website – this should be the main page to refer people to as it has information on COVID clinics and current advice.
- Commonwealth Department of Health – contains a number of fact sheets to answer the many questions that are currently being asked by the broader community and different industries including advice for employers,
- State Government Coronavirus Page – includes the WA Government Pandemic Plan
- Monitor and share any HealthyWA Facebook posts about Coronavirus information which is updated daily.
These arrangements will be constantly re-evaluated as more information comes to hand. You can keep in touch via our Facebook page for regular updates.
Social Distancing at the Shire of Kojonup
Community members can be assured that the Shire of Kojonup are enhancing our social distancing procedures to reduce the risk to both staff and community members.
Much of the business you conduct with the Shire can be undertaken online. Information about how you can pay your accounts can be found on your rate notice or at the bottom of your invoice. For more information please see: https://www.kojonup.wa.gov.au/doing-business/rates-information/
Department of Transport payments such as vehicle and drivers licenses, can also be conducted online at: https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/licensing/licensing.asp
In addition, the Library and The Kodja Place have been closed to the public in accordance with Government directives.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a whole of community issue which requires a community solution and the Shire of Kojonup thanks you for your assistance.
This will be reviewed on Monday 11 May 2020.
Springhaven Lodge now operates as a controlled access facility with visitation being restricted to only absolutely necessary visits. Residents have one visit per day consisting of no more than two people. No children will be allowed within Springhaven.
The Library is now closed to the public however a modified “self-service” is now available. Please contact the Library between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm by phone or email.
The Kodja Place is now closed to the public however staff are currently still working behind the scenes. Contact can be made via:
• Phone 9831 0500 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday
• Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Kojonup Visitor Centre Facebook page
All non-essential events, meetings and gatherings have been cancelled which includes the following measures:
- The Sporting Complex facilities including the squash courts and swimming pool are now closed and the Western Australian Football Commission (WAFC) has advised that no games or training are permitted from 24 March 2020.
- The Works and Services depot now has restricted entry for controlled visitations. Access may not be granted if non-essential.
Other Measures Being Undertaken
Residents are advised that the front doors of the Administration Office is now closed to customers.
ESSENTIAL business only, can be conducted via appointment, for example:
- Transport licensing that cannot be done on-line – e.g. photo for driver’s license and registration of new vehicles;
- Purchase of water standpipe fobs; and
- Appointments made in advance with individual Officer’s
To arrange an appointment, please contact Stacey on 9831 2400 or by emailing email@example.com. Appointments will be limited to one person at a time. Upon arriving at the Shire Administration Centre, customers will need to ring 9831 2400 to be let inside the door.
Council Meetings will proceed as planned although social distancing measures will be taken. Briefing Sessions will be conducted via written information to Councillors on a weekly basis.
Public Toilets have been closed to ensure a frequent cleaning regime can be maintained.
- Apex Park & Sporting Complex now cleaned twice daily
- The Spring, Harrison Place & Netball Courts closed to general use.
- The Kodja Place now closed
A call for the registration of vulnerable community members has been issued. A list is currently being compiled by Community Development Officer in conjunction with “look after your neighbour” advertising message