MEDIA RELEASE: Shire prioritizes health and safety of staff and residents

Published on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 at 4:35:30 PM

As of 18 March 2020 at 2.00pm

Shire President Brian Piesse has urged residents to follow guidelines placed by the Federal Health Department and to prioritise their health and safety as the Shire continues to deal with the issues faced by COVID-19.

Shire President Brian Piesse said “while we are in uncertain times, it is important that we maintain business as normal for as long as possible. At this point in time all our facilities will remain open for as long as possible and we will continue to assess the situation as and when further updates are received from the Federal Department of Health. The Shire are liaising with staff, the Local Emergency Management Committee and working on protocols and responses to address issues relating to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The health and safety of our staff, patrons and community members is the main priority.”

Council Meetings (including Agenda Briefing Sessions) will continue and will remain open to the public (limiting attendance to less than 100 people).

Tuia Lodge continues to follow the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) guidelines as issued by the Federal Health Department and is maintaining communications with its residents and families over restrictions on entry to aged care facilities.

The Shire’s library and recreational facilities will continue to operate in accordance with the guidelines from the Federal Department of Health, increased cleaning procedures have been implemented and the sites will remain open for as long as possible.

Restrictions placed by the Federal Government on large public gatherings have led to the cancellation of several major events such as the Donnybrook Apple Festival, Balingup Farm Field Day and the Shire’s Free Family Concert which were all scheduled for the coming months. Brian Piesse said, “whilst the cancellation of these events is a major blow, I encourage our residents to support local businesses where possible.”

In the interest of our staff and public safety, notices have been placed on site at the Shire’s Administration, Recreation and Library facilities asking that members of the public do not enter if they are required to self-isolate or experiencing any of the symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus.

Chief Executive Officer Ben Rose said “we encourage customers to phone or email where possible. Contact details for the website can be found on our website”

A COVID-19 Health Information line has been established on 1800 020 080 for members of the public to obtain advice and information. Locations of specific clinics can be found by visiting                        


For further information please contact Karis Aplin, Communications Officer, Shire of Donnybrook Balingup, 9780 4210,

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