MEDIA RELEASE - Message on behalf of Council

Published: Saturday, 28 March 2020 at 8:26:41 AM

Hello Everyone,

The landscape in which we live, work and play is changing on a daily basis, and on behalf of Council I thank you for your patience and understanding. It is Council’s intent to regularly update you about Council business and the changing world we are now living in. 

I just wanted to reassure you all that the Shire is working with several stakeholders on how we can best support you all through this global crisis. Our focus is on managing the situation that is happening now, whilst having an eye on the recovery period that will come and take several months.

As your Council, our priority is the wellbeing of our community, whether you are a resident, ratepayer, local business, or employee, this is an extremely challenging time.  We are receiving regular updates and our decisions are based on the latest advice from the Federal and State Governments and the WA Department of Health.

We encourage you all to keep up to date through the WA Department of Health’s healthywa.wa.gov.au with regard to precautions for COVID-19.

The impact on our community services, facilities and activities:

The Pavilion (including the Gym and Playground) is now closed, as is the Town Hall, The Brookton Country Club, the Swimming Pool, the Kweda Hall, the Brookton Museum and Heritage Centre, the Library, Memorial Park Playground as well as the Aldersyde Hall. 

What hasn’t closed is the Council Office and the rubbish tip, and your waste collection all of which will continue to operate at full capacity at this time.  The Council office may very well go to a skeleton staffing as Shire employees may need to work from home once the school is closed. We ask for your patience when this occurs.  The Council has activated its Business Continuity Plan which allows us to put certain things in place to ensure services can continue where possible.

What can you do:

  • Please limit all unnecessary travel around our community and outside our community. The best defence our community has against COVID-19 is to stay at home.
  • Follow the WA Health Department advice:
  • If you experience flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, seek immediate medical advice and stay at home.
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water, front, back and between the fingers, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Always cover your sneeze or cough and wash your hands immediately afterwards.
  • Practice social distancing by maintaining at least 1.5m of distance between yourself and other people.
  • For more information and regular updates, visit wa.gov.au.

Remember that our Community, our State, our Nation and indeed the World are all going through this together, and together we will come out the other side the strong and resilient community we are.

Please look after yourself, your family and your neighbours, if you or someone you know is finding it difficult please contact the Shire as we are putting things in place to assist those most at risk in our community.

Kind regards

Cr Katrina Crute

27 March 2020

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