Shire to update residents

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Shire president Ian Earl.
Camera IconShire president Ian Earl.

The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River is due to release a statement this morning updating residents about the closure of public amenities and other actions taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shire president Ian Earl told the Times this morning he agreed with Premier Mark McGowan’s call that “We are at war.”

“The word ‘unprecedented’ gets thrown about a lot these days,” he said.

The Shire statement would include details of further actions relevant for residents within the Augusta-Margaret River shire.

Cr Earl said a lot of ordinary council business was now on hold, and Wednesday night’s planned ordinary council meeting would go ahead without members of the public due to health precautions.

The agenda would include further actions taken by the Shire in response to COVID-19.

Cr Earl anticipated WA’s Local Government Minister David Templeman would rush legislation through Parliament this week allowing future council meetings to occur via telephone.

Last week, the council voted to form a Pandemic Response Liaison Group to co-ordinate the region’s COVID-19 crisis response.

The Times understands the group was meeting regularly with three councillors on board.

Cr Earl said residents were dealing with unprecedented uncertainty, but community members should work together to practise social distancing as outlined by the State Government.

“The WA Government is showing they are very agile at the moment,” the Shire president said.

In comments last week, Cr Earl reiterated the need for residents to practise thorough hygiene, including washing hands, and for residents in self-isolation to remain indoors.

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