President's Report

COVID-19 Update 

The health and well-being of the Beverley Community is the focus of Council as the development of the COVID-19 continues to evolve. The Shire of Beverley is keeping up to date with the latest Department of Health information so that the services and advice provided to the community are up to date. This a rapidly changing situation.

The most current advice from the Department of Health and the Premier of WA is currently:

  • Effective midnight 31 March the State Government will be limiting both indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings to two persons only (exceptions include same households, funerals and weddings)
  • Travel restrictions within WA commence midnight 31 March (effectively 1 April). For more information: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-travel-and-transport-advice
  • Stay at home if you are unwell
  • Avoid gatherings in general
  • Practice social distancing, maintain distance between persons of 1.5m.
  • Practice good personal hygiene especially hand washing and sneeze/cough etiquette.
  • Minimising potential exposure to COVID-19 is important to protect those most vulnerable in our community.

As of 12.00am 16 March (AEST) all people returning from international travel must self-isolate for 14 days after the date of return to Australia. Self-isolation does not apply to other members of the household who have not travelled overseas.

If you are able, we ask that you contact the Shire by email or telephone to conduct business rather than direct, face to face contact. Drop-in requests for meetings will no longer be accepted, appointments must be made, and any meeting will be via phone unless absolutely necessary.

The Shire will continue to update the community as the COVID-19 issue unfolds and we will review our Incident Management & Business Continuity Response Plan to maintain business continuity. Through advice from the Department of Health and WALGA,  the Shire will continue to take direction on this constantly changing situation.

Council urges everyone to “BE Very Community Minded” and “BE Very Healthy” and continue to support our local Beverley businesses whilst practising social distancing and good hygiene.

Good News! Youth Activity Area

In the face of these uncertain times I am very pleased to advise the community that the Shire was successful in receiving Lotterywest grant funding to assist with the construction of the Beverley Youth Activity Area. The Youth Activity Area has been designed to have quality infrastructure that encourages healthy activities, promotes participation by all members and provides a sense of belonging of the community which is essential for growth and retention of the population in regional areas.

 

Council would like to sincerely thank Lotterywest for recognising the merit and need of a new activity area for our youth and their families. We would also like to acknowledge and thank everyone who participated in the working group, community workshops, and school workshops throughout 2019.

 

Lotterywest’s support for the community is possible only because of the small businesses and players that support the purchase of Lotterywest games.  So, thank you also to everyone in the community who purchases Lotterywest games, your contribution has now come back to Beverley for all to enjoy!

 

Rock/Boulder Donations

With news of the Youth Activity Area going ahead, Council are seeking rock pitching donations as part of the landscaping which is included in the Youth Activity Area.. Please contact Steve Vincent at the Shire if you are able to assist – 9646 1200.

 

COVID-19 Updates

For local updates pertaining to our community, please refer to the Shire of Beverley website (www.beverley.wa.gov.au) or the Shire Facebook page.

For information, advice and facts from the WA Department of Health refer to: https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus

The Corona Virus hotline number is: 1800 020 080

Kinetic Sculpture

After the February Council meeting, concern was raised that the Community were not appropriately consulted to determine the final location of the Kinetic Sculpture currently located on Vincent Street. Please refer to page 27 of the Blarney to have your say.

Road Works

Throughout April, road construction is expected to continue on Top-Beverley Road and Bethany Road. Reseals will occur on Mawson, Westdale and Morbining Roads.  Please take care and follow all signs when moving through construction areas.

Cr Don Davis

Shire President

31 March 2020