Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley works closely with government agencies and Kimberley Councils in relation to travel restrictions, service delivery and social distancing

Published on Saturday, 21 March 2020 at 12:43:14 PM

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley is working closely with other Kimberley Councils for the purpose of preparing a coordinated response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in a manner which best supports the community and those emergency and health agencies in their preparedness and response.

Shire President Cr David Menzel said that discussions include consideration to request the State Government to restrict all non-essential travel to the Kimberley region.

“In discussion with relevant State and Federal agencies, each Council within the Kimberley Regional Zone is preparing a response that is relevant to their district, including looking at essential services and access to facilities.

“I would also like to remind the community that the State Government has restricted travel to WA’s remote Aboriginal communities and is calling for vigilance against the COVID-19 virus outbreak,” Cr Menzel said.

The Shire has received new social distancing control measures from the Western Australian Government which require us to control social distancing and consider public access and use of Shire facilities.

“In response to this precautionary measure, the Shire is closing the gymnasium at the Kununurra Leisure Centre until control measures can be adequately put in place and an assessment can be made about the facility.”

The Shire is also implementing social distancing and hygiene measures across all other Shire facilities in line with advice from Government.

“This will mean disruptions across our services and we will continue to keep the community informed as decisions are made,” he said.

As of 5.00pm today, Saturday 21 March 2020 the Gymnasium at the Kununurra Leisure Centre will be closed. This will allow Shire staff adequate time to introduce new measures, including the introduction of increased sanitation.

As a local government, the Shire is responsible for taking precautionary measures to minimise risks to health at public events and facilities in the face of this pandemic and we will continue to take the advice of State and Federal Agencies when making decisions which affect the community.


The WA Department of Health and Premier and Cabinet has declared the HealthyWA website and State Government Coronavirus page as the single sources of truth as the situation with this pandemic is changing daily. It is important to not follow information from unofficial sources. All information should be consumed from the list of reliable sources below:

HealthyWA page 
State Government Coronavirus Page
Coronavirus hotline 1800 020 080.
Travel information
Western Australian Government Pandemic Plan…/default/files/2020-03/WAGPP_2.pdf

Coronavirus hotline: 1800 020 080

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