Update from the Shire President regarding non-essential travel and visitors to the Shire

Published: Wednesday, 25 March 2020 at 10:47:10 AM

There has been a lot of community concern regarding the potential influx of visitors to the region in the coming weeks, and particularly in the upcoming Easter period.

The Shire is also concerned.

The Premier has urged people not to undertake non-essential travel and Council fully supports this stance.

The Shire has been instigating State and Federal restrictions as soon as they occur and in several cases, like for example the closure of Sandy Cape, we’ve acted ahead in the interests of our community. We do not have the power to compel hotels and accommodation to close but as always we work with them closely and have been in regular contact.

At this stage there appears to be a positive trend of cancellations or deferral of travel plans and many accommodation providers are no longer taking bookings for non-essential travel. We understand, and feel for those staff, who will be affected as a result of travel restrictions however the Shire supports the Federal and State Governments’ directive that now is not the time for non-essential travel and holidays.

We implore people to take the advice of their State and Federal Leaders and stay at home – do not undertake unnecessary travel. Do not come to the area expecting our usual level of amenity.

For the safety and well-being of our community, the Shire is imploring tourists and visitors planning to visit the Shire of Dandaragan to stay at home.

The Shire of Dandaragan is a beautiful and unique location and we will welcome you with open arms again once this is all over.

Cr Leslee Holmes
Shire President

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