COVID-19

What is the Shire of Dandaragan doing?

The Shire is in daily contact with the Department of Health and we are basing our advice and decisions on their advice.

Our greatest concern is for the health and safety of our community, so please follow the guidelines released by the various authorities listed under ‘Reliable sources of Information’. For Coronavirus (COVID-19) information in languages other than English, please visit the FREE COVID-19 Multilingual Resource Library

We have activated our business continuity plan to maximise the Shire's ability to continue to deliver its services and to serve our customers. If we need to make changes to these services or our events (some events have been cancelled/ postponed), we will put notices on this website, post on Facebook, put signs or posters up at relevant Council sites, and email relevant people where we have their contact details.

The Shire has formed a COVID-19 Incident Management team and allocated specific roles to members.

The Shire has also increased its cleaning regimes at its facilities.

COVID-19 coronavirus - how to avoid infection

Infographic courtesy of healthdirect.

 

Event Cancellations

To find out if Shire-run or community events have been cancelled, postponed or are going ahead, please visit our eopens in a new windowvents page or go to the event coordinator's social media feeds. Some of the community events that have been cancelled include the following:

  • Spray the Grey Youth Festival
  • Opera at the Pinnacles (Western Australian Opera)

Many more Shire-run events have been cancelled, postponed or rescheduled, so please check the events web page to keep up to date. 

For enquiries about small community-run events, get in contact with the Shire's Community Development Officer on cdo@dandaragan.wa.gov.au.

If your organisation is experiencing financial hardship as a result of cancelled event/s due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Western Australian Government through Lotterywest, have an Event Cancellation Relief for Arts, Sports and Community Groups Grant.  Further information is available at the Lotterywest grant page.

Shire-Managed Buildings and Facilities

All Shire-managed facilities and buildings are now open.

Shire Administration Centre

Our Administration Centre is currently operating 9am - 4pm Monday to Friday.  Some of our customer service team will still be working from home and are available via email or phone from 8am - 5pm, however appointments can be made. We encourage customers to contact us via:

Shire Depot and Waste Facilities

The Shire depot and waste facilities remain OPEN to the public, with hygiene control measures in place.

Jurien Bay Town Hall

We have been advised that Jurien Bay Youth Group at the town hall are closed until further notice.

Other Public Facilities

Sandy Cape Recreation Reserve campgrounds, north of Jurien Bay, is now reopened to campers.

Pioneer Park Transit Park in Dandaragan is open for camping and overflow camping areas in Cervantes and Jurien Bay are open.

Public toilets still remain open to the public at this time however please ensure you maintain social distancing and good hygiene practices.

COVID-19 is rapidly changing and this position may change at any moment. The Shire will continue to take guidance from the Department of Health in relation to the reopening of any Shire-managed facilities.

Council Meetings

At this time, Council Meetings are scheduled to continue. We will update the website and our other communication channels in the event that they are cancelled.

At each Council meeting, 15 minutes is made available for public question time.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, amendments to the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996 were passed by Parliament on 25 March 2020 and came into effect on 26 March 2020. The amendments mean local governments can hold electronic Council and Committee meetings during a public health emergency, and the public can be requested to submit their questions and statements prior to the meeting.

Public question time will still occur during these. Questions must be provided on the online form prior to the commencement of the meeting.

Support for Local Business

The Shire of Dandaragan and its various business partners are working together to offer support to its business community on how to access the various state and federal COVID-19 support measures, as well offering complimentary access to additional information and support:

For more information or to get in contact with the Shire’s Manager Economic Development, email edm@dandaragan.wa.gov.au or call (08) 9652 0800.

Community Engagement - Have your say

Current engagements are proceeding, with most offering online forums at https://www.dandaragan.wa.gov.au/consultations/

Your Rates

If you are experiencing difficulties paying your rates, get in contact with the Shire's Rates Officer, email council@dandaragan.wa.gov.au or call (08) 9652 0800.

Social Assistance Available

COVID Neighbourhood Heart initiative

We are providing assistance to members of the community facing challenges and increasing social isolation due to COVID-19.

The COVID Neighbourhood Heart Initiative aims to support those in our community at high risk of being impacted by the threats of COVID-19, including seniors, people with a disability or underlying health issue, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, and Indigenous people.

Through the COVID Neighbourhood Heart Initiative, we can all look out for each other and show a little kindness and care.

To find out more, ask for assistance and offer help, go to our COVID Neighbourhood Heart page.

Community Resource Centres

Shire of Dandaragan residents and visitors can access assistance from Community Resource Centres (CRCs) in Jurien Bay and Dandaragan CRC.

Helplines

Lifeline

13 11 14

Lifeline has a national number who can help put you in contact with a crisis service in your State.  Anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide can call.

Kids Helpline

1800 55 1800

Free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25 in Australia. Call for help.

Beyond Blue

1300 22 3646

The Beyond Blue Support Service offers short term counselling and referrals by phone and webchat.

Mensline Australia

1300 78 99 78 

A telephone and online support, information and referral service, helping men to deal with relationship problems in a practical and effective way. 

Suicide Call Back Service

1300 659 467

Free counselling 24/7, whether you’re feeling suicidal, are worried about someone else, or have lost someone to suicide.  Call for help.

1800RESPECT

1800 737 732

24 hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

Aboriginal Family Domestic Violence Hotline

1800 019 123

Victims Services has a dedicated contact line for Aboriginal victims of crime who would like information on victims rights, how to access counselling and financial assistance.

Consumer Information for Service Cancellations

Find the latest information from Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on consumer rights for travel, service and event cancellations in relation to COVID-19. This will be updated regularly as new guidance is available.

Many businesses are struggling to manage cancellations at this time.  We would encourage consumers to remain patient, and where possible to contact the business by email or website, rather than by phone. These are very complex issues and may take smaller businesses more time to respond.

The ACCC is alerted to any instances of unfair or unconscionable conduct on the part of businesses in dealing with consumers during the current crisis.  Visit their website at https://www.accc.gov.au/consumers/consumer-rights-guarantees/covid-19-coronavirus-information-for-consumers

Information is available for:

FAQs and Reliable Sources of Information

We know you may have a lot of questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19), including:

To find out the latest information and advice on COVID-19 (Coronavirus), visit the following websites and Facebook pages:  

We encourage you to keep up-to-date as these websites and Facebook pages are updated regularly.