MEDIA RELEASE - 12 May 2020

Published: Tuesday, 12 May 2020 at 10:25:14 AM

To the Community: 

On behalf of Council, I would like to sincerely thank Brookton residents for taking all the necessary steps to help the community stay safe under the current COVID-19 State of Emergency.

What we know:

  • There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Shire of Brookton.
  • On Monday 18th May several restrictions will be eased, which will see many of our Community Facilities reopen, however, with the restriction of no more than 20 people inside or gathering outside.
  • The Shire of Brookton Gym will remain closed for the foreseeable future, while the Shire Library will re-open on the 18th May 2020.
  • Travel restrictions will be relaxed somewhat as of the 18th May, with the Wheatbelt now able to travel into the Metropolitan, Peel, Great Southern & Southwest areas, travelling north into the Midwest or east into the Goldfields Esperance areas remains restricted and as such not accessible without permission.

 What we don’t know:

  • What Phase 3 will look like or mean to our community. We acknowledge that for many of our Not-For-Profit Organisations, sports in particular, this is frustrating as planning for future fixtured events is limited without knowing what we might or might not be able to do. Please be patient with those organisations, they are doing the very best they can do with the information available to them.

 What we are going to do:

  • Council and the administration are committed to working with our community as we move through the early stages of recovery and then beyond. We know many organisations face an uncertain future, so please, if you need assistance reach out to us, we will assist you where we can.
  • The Shire of Brookton will continue to deliver services and programs to the community and have currently commenced work on a new Pump (BMX bike) Track up at the WB Eva Pavilion and Oval, which will provide a much needed outlet for our youth when restrictions are lifted in the coming months.
  • You will also see Brookton’s new Men’s Shed and Community Garden facility start to take shape over the coming months. This too will provide a much-needed boost to the Community, fostering connection and engagement across all demographics. Community Gardens have a proven history of bringing communities together and improving mental and physical health. We encourage you to get involved in this great new initiative.

What we need you to do:

Whilst the urge to get out of town is going to be strong over the coming weeks, please remember that we are still being asked to “flatten the curve”, so if you are going to travel do so safely to protect not only the Brookton community but those that you visit.

Finally, I respectfully ask that you continue to look out for your neighbours, family and friends, just because restrictions are starting to ease doesn’t mean the risk to our health has passed. 

Katrina Crute – Shire President on behalf of the Shire of Brookton Councillors.

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