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Last updated 5 February, 10.30am

ALL SHIRE FACILITIES WILL RETURN TO 'NORMAL' SERVICE AS OF 6PM, FRIDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2021.

*Subject to no further cases of coronavirus being announced before 6pm.

PLEASE NOTE A MANDATORY CONTACT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AT A NUMBER OF SHIRE FACILITIES. DOWNLOAD THE SAFE WA APP OR USE THE PAPER CONTACT FORM PROVIDED


Last updated 2 February

Shire Managed Facilities

The following Shire-managed facilities have been closed (notices placed on site):

• Recreation Centre

• Libraries

• Apple Fun Park

• Playgrounds

• Skate park

A number of public toilets have now been closed, with the exception of the main public toilets in Donnybrook (at the main car park) and several toilets at the Village Green area in Balingup. The Transit Park toilets in Balingup are open for use only by people booked in to the Transit Park.

Tuia Lodge

The Manager Aged Care Services, Mr Bob Lowther, has made arrangements in relation to Tuia Lodge and confirmed details with residents, staff, visitors and families.

Shire Administration Office

The Shire Office will remain closed to the public for the remainder of the week. Our staff are still available to assist, please contact us on 9780 4200 or email shire@donnybrook.wa.gov.au 

Waste Management Facilities

The Donnybrook ‘Tip’ site is open as per usual days/hours, as is the Balingup Waste Transfer Station. Please ensure masks are worn and sanitising stations are used.

Transit Parks

The Donnybrook and Balingup Transit Parks are continuing with existing bookings, however, are not taking new bookings for the week.


WA GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT - 31 January

Effective from 6pm tonight until 6pm Friday, 5 February 2021, the Perth metropolitan area, Peel and South West regions will enter a lockdown.
The following restrictions apply for the lockdown period:
* People should not leave Perth, Peel or the South West during this period
*People can enter Perth, Peel or the South West only to access or deliver essential health and emergency services and other essential requirements
* Non-residents currently in Perth, Peel and the South West are required to remain until the end of the restriction period however if you must leave for serious reasons you are to then return home immediately, stay home and get tested if symptoms develop
*Restaurants and cafes to provide takeaway service only
*Elective surgery and procedures for categories 2 and 3 will be suspended from Tuesday, 2 February. Category 1 and urgent category 2 surgery will continue
*No visitors will be allowed in homes unless caring for a vulnerable person or in an emergency
*No visitors to hospitals or residential aged care and/or disability facilities
*No weddings permitted
*Funerals are limited to 10 people
*Travel remains prohibited within remote Aboriginal communities.
Masks are to be worn at all times when outside of your place of residence, this includes at workplaces and on public transport. For more information about masks, see the Healthy WA website.
Schools will be closed for this week. Term 1, 2021 was due to start from February 1 but that will be postponed by one week.
The following facilities in the Perth, Peel and South West regions will need to close:
* Schools, universities, TAFEs and education facilities
* Pubs, bars and clubs
* Gyms and indoor sporting venues
* Playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor recreational facilities
Cinemas, entertainment venues, and casinos
* Large religious gatherings and places of worship
* Libraries and cultural institutions
People will be required to stay at home unless they need to:
* work because they can’t work from home or remotely;
* shop for essentials like groceries, medicine and necessary supplies;
* medical or health care needs including compassionate requirements and looking after the vulnerable; and
* exercise within their neighbourhood, but only with one other person and only for one hour per day.

MESSAGE FROM THE SHIRE PRESIDENT CR BRIAN PIESSE
The Donnybrook Balingup community should be reassured the well-structured COVID pandemic response and recovery approach implemented by the Shire over the past 10-12 twelve months has enabled an even quicker response following the Government announcement today (31 January 2021) that the South West, along with the Peel and Perth regions was to go into lock down from 6pm this evening.
 
Within 1 hour of the announcement by the Government, Chief Executive Officer Ben Rose called together the Shire’s Covid Response/Recovery Team to implement the requirements of the lock down, which will necessitate the temporary closure (up to Friday this week at least) of several key public facilities, and yes, there will no doubt be some inconvenience to us all for the next few days.
 
We managed our way through the last lock down period and came out with flying colours, so let’s support the Government’s initiatives, look after each other and remain diligent in every way possible to minimise personal contact away from the home, whereby reducing the risk of community transmission.

Update 5 June 2020

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PHASE  - EASING OF RESTRICTIONS


VIEW THE COVID-19 SHIRE RECOVERY PLAN

STATE RECOVERY RESPONSE COVID-19 - GOVERNMENT SUPPORT MEASURES (Department of Fire and Emergency Services)

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATES FROM DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - WA

SHIRE OF DONNYBROOK BALINGUP COUNCIL APPROVES COVID19 FINANCIAL HARDSHIP POLICY

FEDERAL: ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA

STATE: ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE WEST AUSTRALIAN STATE GOVERNMENT

LOCAL: INFORMATION UPDATES AND NEWS FROM THE SHIRE OF DONNYBROOK BALINGUP


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WA BORDER CONTROL AND PROHIBITION OF REGIONAL TRAVEL
The WA Government will implement new restrictions and arrival requirements to travel to Western Australia from other Australian States and Territories — by road, rail, air and sea — in response to COVID-19.

VIEW THE LATEST UPDATES TO BORDER CONTROL.

Do you have questions about COVID-19 or regional travel restrictions?
Call 13 26843 (13 COVID) - 7am-10pm seven days a week (WA Police).

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ASSISTANCE

INFORMATION FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
Small business owners are encouraged to contact the Small Business Development Commission for practical information and guidance in relation to business disruption arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUALS AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS
Centrelink have provided information and services to help you if you’re affected by (COVID-19).

INFORMATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Resources are available if you are feeling distressed or concerned about your mental health.

INFORMATION FOR BACKPACKERS
Useful contact information and links from the South West Development Commission