COVID-19

The Shire of Plantagenet is focusing on protecting our community and employees from the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are continuing to monitor and respond to the latest advice and information from the WA Department of Health.

We are implementing measures to respond to the virus for the safety and health of our community, our customers and our employees.

We are taking advice from the recommendations issued by the Department of Health. We are also planning for the continuation of our core services.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued a statement regarding closure of pubs, hotels, clubs, gymnasiums and entertainment venues and for cafes and restaurants to only sell takeaways or home deliveries.

On 24 March 2020, the Prime Minister issued a media release which clarified current measures and imposed new measures, including extended business closures. These additional prohibited activities and venues apply from 11:59pm (local time) 25 March 2020.

Latest News - Cautious Easing of Restrictions

On 30 April 2020, the State Government Health Department of WA issued Frequently asked Questions about the easing of restrictions. Click here to go to the website.

State Government 13-COVID Hotline

The State Government has established a Hotline to help answer questions Western Australians have on the current COVID-19 state of emergency.

The hotline is now operational, the number is 13 26 843 or 13-COVID.

The hotline will operate from 7am in the morning until 10pm at night, 7 days a week.  It includes pre-recorded information, direction to appropriate websites, as well as direction to call centres for specific information.

Impact on Shire Services

Shire Administration Office

As from Monday 4 May 2020, the Shire is again open for business from 9.00am to 4.15pm. However, we still encourage people to conduct their business over the phone or online, if possible. Payments for Shire related matters can be done over the phone via credit card and Department of Transport related payments via the Department of Transport website www.transport.wa.gov.au.

If you need to visit the Shire Office, you will be asked to practice social distancing and you will be required to use hand sanitiser before conducting business.

Please stand on the crosses or take a seat to maintain a safe distance of 2 metres from others. Please also wait outside if there are no spare seats or crosses. The maximum capacity in the foyer 12 standing and 5 seated.

We also encourage you to pay by eftpos rather than cash. There is a drop off box between the first and second doors for customers wishing to drop off applications and forms.
A number of administration staff have relocated to other locations to minimise the risk of spreading the virus widely, so contact with some staff will not be as straightforward as normal.

These arrangements may change at any time depending on the emergence of Covid-19 cases in the district or region.

Mount Barker Recreation Centre

Please Note: Update on Re-Opening and Restrictions in place due to COVID-19

The Mount Barker Rec. Centre will re-open as of 21 May, in a limited capacity for the time being. We will be working on a gradual return to normal services and hours as soon as restrictions change. At the moment there are still social distancing measures needed to be adhered to.  As the centre is a shared facility with the Mount Barker Community College we need to work with them at this time.

The centre will be open for Group Fitness Classes only, as follows:

The classes will take place on the centre court with a restriction on numbers. To be a maximum of 1 instructor and up to 19 participants.

8.15am - Monday  to Friday

5.30pm - Monday to Thursday

Guidelines require that this will ensure sufficient time for cleaning and sanitisation must occur following every class.

There will be no charge for the Group Fitness classes at this time.

For members who have paid in advance, we will ensure that no member will be financially disadvantaged. Direct debits have been cancelled.

The Gym and Crèche remain CLOSED.

Showers and changing of clothes in the centre will not be permitted.

Mount Barker Library

As part of phase 2, the library will re-open to the public every Tuesday to Friday, 2.00pm to 4.30pm from Thursday 28 May 2020.

Restrictions will be in place.

We will not be opening to the public on Saturday mornings during this phase.

Select and Collect is still available.

Mount Barker Memorial Swimming Pool

This directive also requires the Mount Barker Memorial Swimming Pool to be closed. As at 25 March 2020, the pool has been closed.

Skateparks and Playgrounds

In line with a directive issued by the Prime Minister on 29 March 2020, skateparks and playgrounds have been closed to the public.

Mount Barker Regional Saleyards

The Saleyards will be restricted to only essential personnel, these being:

Agents and their staff;
Registered, genuine buyers;
Transporters;
Shire Staff.

We apologise for the inconvenience these arrangements are causing. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Shire on telephone 9892 1111 or email info@sop.wa.gov.au The Shire will continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation and will provide further updates as soon as they are available. 

COVIDSafe phone application

The COVIDSafe app is a key part of the Australian Government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Having the confidence to find and contain outbreaks quickly will mean governments can ease restrictions while still keeping Australians safe.

The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary. Downloading the app is something residents can do to protect their family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians that connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus and take all necessary actions to contain an outbreak.

Everyone who downloads the COVIDSafe app can be assured their privacy is protected by law.

The Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, has issued a Determination under the Biosecurity Act which protects privacy. It restricts access to app data to state and territory health authorities who will notify people exposed to COVID-19. It will be a criminal offence to use app data in any other way.

For more information about the app’s privacy, please visit the website.

For further information and FAQ please see the following: