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Last updated: 16 November, 2020 03:58 pm

As this is an emerging situation, the following information is accurate at the time of publication and may change without further notice.

This page has been established to provide relevant information regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) for the Shire of Esperance Community.

The Shire of Esperance is committed to the health, wellbeing and safety of our staff and community. COVID-19 is a growing concern so we are following the advice of the Australian and WA State Government and Western Australia Department of Health to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and community.

It’s important we all continue to look out for and support each other and continue to keep our community safe.

Staying Informed
The best place to stay informed on COVID-19 pandemic, including updates, alerts and resources, is to visit the Australian Government's Department of Health and the Healthy WA website.
If you are concerned about COVID-19, call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 for advice. The line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For the latest updates, directive and decisions around the WA Roadmap, community, travel and business and industry advise please visit wa.gov.au.

Disclaimer — read before continuing

The information contained on this site is provided in good faith. It is to the best of our knowledge, reliable and accurate at the time of publication. The reader is solely responsible for assessing the veracity, usefulness and application of this information as it applies to them. 

FAQs

What is the Shire doing in response to the situation?

The Shire is responding to the situaton according to the Australian and Western Australian Government’s direction.

With the changes to the Controlled Border and the situation that has evolved, the Shire of Esperance is working with Esperance Police (WA Police lead agency) to establish a COVID-19 Isolation Site at the Newtown Football Oval.

This site is CLOSED to the general public until further notice.

Esperance Police are on site to facilitate the settling in of travellers and to gather information.

Further information will be available on the Shire's Facebook page as it comes to hand.

What changes are being made to Shire of Esperance services and facilities?

The Shire of Esperance is operating with COVID Safe Plans in place. Physical distancing, good hygiene and the 2 square metre rule applies in all facilities.

Facilities OPEN:
Shire Administration Building, Windich Street
Esperance Visitor Centre
Esperance Home Care
Esperance Public Library
Esperance Airport
Wylie Bay Waste Facility
Shire Depot and Pound, Brazier Street
Bay of Isles Leisure Centre
Esperance Civic Centre
Esperance Volunteer Resource Centre
Esperance Museum

Facilities CLOSED till further notice:
 

Information for Travellers

Returning to WA from international travel

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident arriving back in Australia, you’ll be subject to the Australian Government’s mandatory quarantine period of 14 days at your first Australian destination.

You will be provided with suitable accommodation to stay in during this period.

However, you will not be permitted to travel domestically (including to your home) or continue on any domestic connections until you have completed the 14 day mandatory quarantine period.

For more information visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Smart Traveller.

Returning to WA from domestic travel

If you are a Western Australian wishing to return home from domestic travel, before travelling, you will need to apply for an exemption to enter the State.

You can apply for an exemption to enter WA by applying for a G2G PASS.

If your application is accepted, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days once back in Western Australia. Authorised officers will tell you where and how to self-isolate.

If you have returned from domestic travel and are returning via a flight to a regional area, you may be directed to commence mandatory quarantine in Perth for 14 days, prior to returning to your regional destination.

You need to comply with any other terms and conditions they impose.

If you are not an exempt traveller, you may commit an offence and be directed to leave Western Australia immediately, at your own expense.

It is highly recommended that you read the information on travel restrictions to determine if you meet the exempt traveller criteria.

Information from the WA State Government

WA Controlled State Border 

The WA Chief Health Officer has consulted with SA Health and reviewed the details of new community cases reported on Sunday, 15 November and the current situation in South Australia.

As a result, based on the latest health advice, the following changes to WA’s controlled interstate border will come into effect immediately:

Anyone arriving from South Australia at Perth Airport will now be tested for COVID-19 on arrival (or within 24 hours of arrival at another COVID clinic) and given a Direction to self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premises
These arrivals will also be required to be tested for COVID-19 on Day 11
Anyone arriving via road from South Australia will be given a Direction to self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premises and required to take a COVID-19 test on Day 2 and on Day 11
Anyone who arrived from SA on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November 2020, via road or air, will be contacted by WA officials and will be required to be tested for COVID-19 within 48 hours of their arrival and will be directed to self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premises.

These are initial steps the WA Government is taking to protect all Western Australians, and this arrangement will be reviewed regularly. The situation in South Australia will be monitored very closely and measures will be strengthened further if required.

The WA Government understands these changes will cause frustration for many people, but these steps are being taken on the best health advice to protect everyone. All arrivals are thanked for their patience and understanding during this difficult time.

For all information on entering WA visit the WA Government website. This is acurate and timely information.

 

Gathering Restrictions

Current restrictions

  • 2 square metre rule (except for seated and ticketed performances at seated entertainment spaces within selected venues)
  • Capacity limits for WA’s major venues – Optus Stadium, HBF Park, HBF Stadium – Main Arena, and RAC Arena
  • Restricted access to remote Aboriginal communities
  • Restricted access to residential aged care facilities
  • WA’s controlled interstate border.
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Western Australians must continue to keep up physical distancing where possible and use good personal hygiene to better protect themselves and the general health of our community. 

WA businesses are expected to ensure their COVID Safety Plans are updated and continue to be implemented. 

WA businesses will be expected to ensure their COVID Safety Plans are updated and continue to be implemented. 

More Information

For more information about WA’s Controlled interstate border measures please read our frequently asked questions.

For more information on Phase 4 easing of restrictions and what they mean for community and business, please read our frequently asked questions.

For more information about the Phase 4 exemptions for seated performances, please read our Phase 4 exemption – Easing restrictions for seated performances - frequently asked questions.

WA remains in a State of Emergency, and various restrictions are enforceable by fines of up to $50,000 for individuals and $250,000 for businesses. Police officers also have the power to issue $1000 on-the-spot fines.

Physical Distancing and Hygiene

Every Western Australian needs to play their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means following good hygiene habits and physical distancing.

  • Stay home if you're sick. Do not go to work or school.
  • Keep 1.5 metres away from others.
  • Don't make unnecessary physical contact with others. Avoid physical greetings, such as handshakes, hugs and kisses.
  • Use tap and pay instead of cash.
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitiser.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a flexed elbow or a tissue; if you use a tissue, dispose of it immediately and appropriately.

For more information see Australian Government advice for physical distancing.

WA remains in a State of Emergency, and various restrictions are enforceable by fines of up to $50,000 for individuals and $250,000 for businesses. Police officers also have the power to issue $1000 on-the-spot fines.

What support is available for the local community?

At the 28 April, 2020 Ordinary Council Meeting The Esperance Shire Council resolved to adopt a range of community and business relief initiatives to help with the COVID-19 recovery effort. The measures taken on by Council include:

  • 1. Adopt the COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy.
  • 2. Remove outstanding rates penalty interest from 1 April till 30 June 2020.
  • 3. Waive commercial lease fees and traders permits for 6 months from 1 April 2020 for lessees who apply to the Shire and who meet the JobKeeper criteria as outlined by the Federal Government.
  • 4. Waive community lease fees for 6 months for lessees who apply to the Shire and can demonstrate that they have been significantly impacted by the effects of COVID-19.
  • 5. Waive community fees and charges for 6 months from 1 April 2020 to those groups who apply to the Shire and can demonstrate that they have been significantly impacted by the effects of COVID-19.
  • 6. Relax the requirement on Policy COR 007: Procurement for 6 months to require one written quote when there is only one local supplier for purchases under $75,000.
  • 7. Amend the Policy COR 007: Procurement to increase the tender threshold to $250,000 in line with recently amended Local Government (Functions and General) Regulations. 8. Conduct a one off residential bulk verge waste collection.
  • 9. Request the CEO prepare the draft 2020/2021 budget with a 0% rates and fees increase.
  • 10. Request the CEO develop a COVID-19 Recovery Plan for the Esperance community in consultation with the Esperance Incident Support Group.

Further details around each item will be available on the Shire website.
 


  • Lifeline – 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
  • Beyondblue – 1300 22 4636
Assistance with paying your rates

Property owners having difficulty paying their rates are encouraged to contact the Shire Rates Officers on (08) 9071 0657 to discuss payment arrangements.

These can be paid in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments and are set up using a direct debit system.

What support is available to the Business Community?

The Australian Federal Government and Western Australian Government have announced measures to support small business during this challenging time.

For details on these measures please visit the Small Business Development Corporation website.

Food Businesses

A priority of the Shire of Esperance is to ensure that safe food is sold from local businesses. The Environmental Health Officers monitors all food business and has visited businesses recently offering suggestions to create a safer workplace in this current environment. A new Food Safety Tips for Take Away and Food Delivery information flyer has been developed to help during this time.

Accommodation providers

We will have visitors to the region who will need to self-isolate in accordance with government protocols. These people will need support and care. Should your business be in the situation of accommodating these guests, the WA Department of Health has issued an advisory flyer to assist in managing the matter.

What can I do to support my community?

At this time we are strongly recommending people to reconsider all non-essential travel.
If you don’t need to be out and about, please stay at home.
If you are away from home please adhere to the social distancing rules.

It’s important we all continue to look out for each other. Check in on others and reach out to those most at risk: neighbours living alone, the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions. Confirm their telephone number so you can contact them during periods of isolation. They may also need your help to replenish essential items and fill prescriptions for essential medicines.

Small business needs your business

Small businesses across Western Australia are the lifeblood of our communities, and right now they need your business to keep them going during this difficult time.

Look local

Look for shops that are still open in your local area, and consider how you can change your shopping habits to help them out. For example, could you do your regular shopping with a small business? Take a look around your neighbourhood you may just find your new favourite local shop, café or grocery store.

Dine in, order in or take away a meal

Some cafés, restaurants and pubs are open for limited dine-in services. Call ahead to make a booking, as there are limits to how many people can be in cafés and restaurants at a time. Alternatively, continue to support those still offering takeaway foods or delivery services. Check with your favourite restaurant, café or pub to see what they might have available, and order a great night in.

Ask “Do you do deliver?”

A number of businesses are now offering delivery or pick-up services. If you are looking to buy something from a small business, contact them to see if they can bring it to you, or offer a contactless pick-up or drop-off. And remember to keep 1.5m from other people where it is practical.

Try exercising online, or in small groups

Many gyms, yoga and dance studios are offering online video sessions. Contact your local studio or gym to see what they may be offering. Outdoor and indoor fitness classes following the 100/300 rule are permitted. For more details, see current restrictions.

Get creative

Many of us have more time on our hands, and it could be a time to pick up a new hobby or get working on a creative project. There may be local craft suppliers that can help you get started and give you the inspiration to get going. Some online stores may be closer than you think.

Keep an eye out for the arts

A number of artists and musicians are using creative ways to bring their art to you, such as through online concerts and gallery showings, as well as new collaborations with other businesses. Look out for ways that you might be able to buy tickets to an online show, purchase their merchandise or pick up a new work to help support the arts industry. 

Car or bike due for a tune-up?

For many of us that are working from home, it may be an ideal time to get your car serviced. Some local mechanics and service centres are offering to pick up and drop off your car and will wipe down the key surfaces before they return it to you. If you don’t have a car, consider if it is time to get your bicycle serviced to keep it in top condition.

Call in the trades

As we are spending more time at home, you may have noticed that there is more that needs to be done around the house. It is still possible to get a plumber, carpenter, handyman or other tradie to do jobs around your house, just make sure that you adhere to the physical distancing rules. They will be thankful for your business.

Catch up with a good book, puzzle or game

Now might be the ideal time to make it through that book that you’ve always wanted to read, pick up a puzzle or get some new board games to help the hours inside pass quicker. You may even get a new recommendation for a book or game that becomes your new favourite.

Time to hit the road

Take this time to explore WA, booking local accommodation and supporting our local and regional small businesses. If you are still unable to attend the tours or other activities you had booked, do those operators a favour and postpone rather than cancel your booking. A number of small businesses will be able to hold your payments as a credit to book at a later time.

Tech support

If you are now working from home and having computer troubles, your nearest technical support for your computer may be closer than you think. Look local and see if there is a small computer shop or technician that may be able to help fix your issues fast.

Haircuts and beauty services are OK

Hairdressers, barbers and beauty services are operating, provided they maintain 2 square metres between clients and keep personal contact to a minimum. Be aware that some salons may require you to make a booking, so best to give them a call before you visit their shop.

Show your support on social media

Another way you can help local businesses is to follow, like and share their Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or other social media posts. This helps let others know that they are still operating, and you just might come across some great offers or discover new products. Best of all, it doesn’t cost you a thing!

Are Council Meetings still proceeding?

The Shire of Esperance is committed to delivering for our community during these unprecedented times.

Ordinary Council Meetings will be held in the Council Chambers and in accordance with the Shires COVID Safety Plan and social distancing protocols, public seating is limited.
If you have a question to ask Council, regarding anything in this months agenda, you can email your question and this will be asked on your behalf. Please email your question before 2pm, Tuesday 23 June, to shire@esperance.wa.gov.au Attention: CEO - Question for Council Agendas for the meetings are available on the Shire’s website.

Should I see a doctor for a non-coronavirus issue or put it off?

If you are unwell, please call your doctor. Each clinic will have protocols in place and can advise you.

Stay Informed - COVID-19 information

The best place to stay informed on COVID-19, including updates, alerts and resources, is to visit the Department of Health website and the Healthy WA Website.

If you are concerned about COVID-19, you can call the WA COVID-19 Hotline on 132 68 43 or the national Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 for advice. 

How do I contact the Shire of Esperance?

You can contact the Shire Administration via: