Last updated: 28 June, 2021 8:49 am
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.
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.
- What is the Shire doing in response to the situation?
- What changes are being made to Shire of Esperance services and facilities?
From December 5 2020, the below Shire of Esperance facilities will be maintaining contact registers for WA Health Department. Physical distancing, good hygiene and the 2 square metre rule applies in all facilities.
If COVID-19 is detected in the WA community, contact registers help to protect us all by enabling the WA Health Contact Team to quickly identify and assist anyone that may have been exposed to COVID-19.
To help, the WA Government has developed a free app, SafeWA, which provides businesses with a digital contact register system.
SafeWA is an efficient and safe way to record patron and visitor contact details where community members can check-in, using the app by scanning the venue or businesses QR Code.
The Shire of Eseprance has implemented a QR code tracing process at the below Shire owned facilities to make it easier for community members to record their details:
- Bay of Isles Leisure Centre
- Esperance Indoor Sports Stadium
- Graham McKenzie Sports Stadium
- Noel White Pavilion
- Overflow Camp Grounds, Greater Sports Ground, Black Street
- Esperance Public Library
- Esperance Museum
- Esperance Home Care – Activities
- Council Chambers
- Esperance Civic Centre
For those who don't have a mobile phone, a paper-based register is available.
You can download the SafeWA app from Google Play or Apple’s App Store and follow the three step process to register as an individual. You then use this app and scan the QR code prior to entering a Shire facility.
Further information about the SafeWA app can be found here.
All Shire facilities and services are operating with COVID Safe Plans.
- Information for Travellers
Effective 12pm, Sunday 27 June, restrictions will be introduced for Perth and Peel for a minimum 3 days. This follows a community case of COVID-19 being detected overnight in WA, relating to NSW travel.
People are encouraged to check the locations in WA visited by confirmed cases.
- Public transport
- Outdoor public areas where physical distancing is not possible.
Mask-wearing mandatory except for primary school students and those who are exempt.
- Limit of 30 visitors to the home.
- Events that cannot be restricted to 150 people will be cancelled or played without spectators today.
- West Coast Eagles vs Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium will go ahead without spectators.
- Chicken and Beer Festival will be cancelled.
Business and venues
150 patron limit and 2sqm rule for:
- Public venues (swimming pools, recreation centres)
- Fitness venues (gyms, Pilates, yoga, dance studios)
- Places of worship.
- Permitted to go ahead.
- Mask-wearing mandatory except for primary school students
Weddings and funerals
- Limited to 150 attendees.
Hospitals, aged and disability care
- Maximum of 4 personal visitors per patient per day
- Travel should be minimised out of Perth and Peel
- Anyone who travels outside Perth and Peel required to wear a mask
- Travel to remote Aboriginal communities remains restricted.
Returning to WA from International Travel
For more information visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Smart Traveller.
Returning to WA from Domestic Travel
All travellers returning to WA, or arriving into WA, must complete a G2G PASS.
Find out more about G2G NOW.
To find out about current border restrictions, visit the WA Government website.
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
For acurate and timely information visit the WA Government website.
- 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.
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.
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?
From 5 December 2020, particular businesses must maintain contact registers for WA Health Department COVID-19 contact tracing, if required. If COVID-19 is detected in the WA community, contact registers help to protect us all by enabling the WA Health Contact Team to quickly identify and assist anyone that may have been exposed to COVID-19. To help, the WA Government has developed a free app, SafeWA, which will provide businesses with a digital contact register system.
SafeWA is an efficient and safe way to record patron and visitor contact details where they can check-in using the app.
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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Attention: CEO - Question for Council Agendas for the meetings are available on the Shire’s website.
Members of the community will need to register when entering the Council Chambers.
Please scan the QR code or write your details on the register provided.
This is mandatory contact registering for WA Health Department. More informtion can be found here.
- 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
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: