Disclaimer: The Shire is in daily contact with the Department of Health and we are basing our decisions on their advice. For the latest health information, visit the Department of Health website or HealthyWA Facebook page. The status of our services is available on our Service Updates page. Please check the page regularly as service statuses may change quickly.

Published: Thursday, 26 March 2020 at 5:30:00 PM

Service Update

Thursday, 26 March 2020

The Shire is monitoring developments in relation to the COVID-19 situation very closely. We are proactively working on a range of items that relate to our services to the community, and the way we may be impacted, to ensure we can continue to function during this time. We will be guided by directions made by the State and Federal Governments, and the situation locally. 

The safety and wellbeing of the community is our priority in this fast moving environment. We will provide updates as new information specific to the Shire of Pingelly community becomes available.

The Shire Administration building remains open at this point with strict hygiene and social distancing measures in place. This may change as further directives are received from the State and Federal Governments.

We would like to thank everyone for limiting contact to essential transactions during this time, and using phone and email as the primary method of contact.

Any community members or businesses that need support over this period are encouraged to contact us for assistance.

Shire of Pingelly website

https://www.pingelly.wa.gov.au/covid-19.aspx

Department of Health website

https://www.health.gov.au

HealthyWA Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/HealthyWA/

Prime Minister Scott Morrison 

https://www.pm.gov.au/media

Office of the Hon. Mark McGowan

https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Ministers/Mark-McGowan.aspx?fbclid=IwAR03bOmWbuffdOgwCdxpoJbhi4wxP_hW4O1Rx8_bOrv5XxUZAKaxs1FEi7E

A Message from the Shire President

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, I would like to reassure our community about what the Shire of Pingelly is doing to support you. Our priority is the health and safety of our community – particularly those at higher risk, and we are actively seeking updates on this rapidly changing situation and will keep you informed of any new developments. Our team are closely following and reviewing our activities based on the daily advice of the Department of Health and other Federal and State Government agencies that are leading Australia’s response to COVID-19.

Minimising disruption to our community is a high priority. Currently there is no change to operating hours of the Shire of Pingelly Administration, however, we are encouraging residents to only conduct business with the Shire that is absolutely necessary. Online services continue to operate as normal, and service requests can be lodged directly through the Shire of Pingelly website ‘report it’ function.

Our communications will continue uninterrupted, with the Shire News being published in the Pingelly Times and available electronically, and the Shire’s Facebook and website being updated regularly.

Decisions around non-essential services have been made to minimise the risk of COVID-19 spread in the coming weeks. The Pingelly Swimming Pool is now closed for the season. Public events organised by the Shire will be postponed until at least 31 May 2020. The Tip Shop is temporarily closed until further notice, with minor procedural changes implemented at the Pingelly Waste Management Facility to minimise exposure to both the public and staff.  

We are well prepared for this situation to ensure our ability to deliver essential services. Actions to date have included increasing our messaging around good hygiene, cancelling all unnecessary meetings, increasing frequency of cleaning activities, and putting in place measures where employees can work from home or an alternative facility if the need arises to self-isolate.

Currently, there are no known COVID-19 cases in the Shire of Pingelly, and as a community we need to take all necessary precautions to maintain that status. This means practicing a high level of personal hygiene and re-considering all non-essential travel, contact and activities.

I would like to request your assistance at this time. Please shop for your current needs only and do not hoard essential supplies, as this will directly affect other residents of the Shire. Where possible, use online services or phone communication to request assistance or report service faults, and utilise electronic payment methods rather than cash. Above all, I ask the community to look out for each other and support local businesses as we respond to the situation at hand.

The Shire of Pingelly is committed to supporting residents and businesses in need during this period. Please contact the Shire Administration on 9887 1066 or admin@pingelly.wa.gov.au to seek assistance. Updates in relation to the Shire’s operations will be announced via the Shire’s Facebook page and listed in further detail on the Shire’s website www.pingelly.wa.gov.au

W.V. (Bill) Mulroney ESM

Shire President