COVID-19 Update

Published: Thursday, 23 April 2020 at 8:50:00 AM


COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) UPDATE

Cautious easing of restrictions FAQs from Department of Health

SHIRE NEWS - 11 May 2020

Southern Cross Community Resource Centre

Southern Cross Public Library

Easing of restrictions

With the State Government easing restrictions for community centres and libraries from Monday, 18th May, the CRC and Public Library will be returning to normal operating hours.

The CRC will reopen on Monday, 18th May from 8:30 am, however social distancing will still apply within the centre. Please note that if there are more than 6 people in the library, you will be asked to wait outside until patron numbers in the library have reduced below 6.

Should there be any further changes implemented by the State Government residents will be informed via further notification in future editions of Crosswords.

Peter Clarke

Chief Executive Officer

Southern Cross Senior Citizen’s Centre,

Southern Cross Recreation Centre/Complex Lounge, and

Southern Cross Community Centre

Easing of restrictions


With the State Government easing restrictions for community centres from Monday, 18th May, the Shire of Yilgarn are currently completing a COVID-19 safety plan to reopen our Shire facilities to the public.

The Shire facilities listed above will be available for use from Monday, 25th May. Please ensure that when hiring/using the buildings that social distancing and restrictions currently in place (maximum of 20 people) are adhered to at all times.

Should there be any further changes implemented by the State Government residents will be informed via further notification in future editions of Crosswords.


Peter Clarke

Chief Executive Officer


SHIRE NEWS - 28 April 2020



With the State Government’s easing of certain COVID-19 related restrictions due to the lessening of the crisis in Western Australia, it has been decided the Shire Administration can recommence operations as well.


Effective from Monday 4th May the Shire of Yilgarn Administration will recommence full-service provision with the requirement to make a booking and limited opening days being removed.


Social Distancing of 1.8m and a maximum of ONE (1) patron in the Administration Reception at any time will be enforced.  If more than one patron is in attendance, the additional patron/s will be required to wait outside.


Peter Clarke

Chief Executive Officer


SHIRE NEWS - 23 April 2020

On behalf of Council I would like to sincerely thank all Yilgarn residents for their patience during the past month, particularly with the reduced Administration and Community Resource Centre office hours.  Hopefully opening times can be increased in the near future based on the reduction in infection rates of COVID-19 throughout the State.


Council for the first time, conducted its March 2020 Ordinary Council meeting via teleconference in order to meet social distancing measures.  Whilst not the preferred method to conduct meetings, it did meet its purpose and was successful in Council undertaking its normal decision-making processes.  Future meetings may also be conducted in this manner and residents will be advised via advertising in Crosswords on a monthly basis.    


With Federal and State Governments introducing a range of stimulus initiatives during COVID-19, Council at the above meeting also resolved a number of local initiatives to assist ratepayers and sporting and community groups in the district, which are as follows:- 


  • 2020/2021 Budget – Council Rates

Council has resolved that it will impose a 0% rate increase in the 2020/2021 Budget based on last year’s rates in the $.  All Western Australian Local Governments have been lobbying the State Government to also place a freeze on land re-valuations however, the State Government has stood firm on this matter and has instructed the State Valuer to continue with this process.  Unfortunately this may affect the dollar amount of rates imposed.


  • Community and Sporting Groups – 2019/2020 Fees and Charges Waived

Council has resolved that Fees and Charges imposed on community and sporting groups for the use of Council facilities for the 2019/2020 financial year will be waived and these groups will be receiving refunds in the coming months.


Should COVID-19 restrictions in the utilisation of Council facilities continue into the 2020/2021 financial year, Council will re-assess Fees and Charges imposed at that time.


  • Waiving of Outstanding Rates Interest 1 March 2020 – 30 June 2020

To ease some of the financial burden on ratepayers, late payment interest calculated on outstanding rates has been waived effective from 1 March 2020 to 30 June 2020.


With the current declared state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the present and ongoing financial and economic impact this has had on ratepayers, interest calculations on all outstanding rates, including those on instalments, has been waived for the remainder of the 2019/2020 financial year.  Beyond 30 June, further consideration on Outstanding Rates Interest will be made in the 2020/2021 Budget deliberations

General Update of Current Projects


  • New Southern Cross Swimming Pool Project

The project is progressing extremely well with the scheduled completion date being 12 November 2020.  This date is subject to change as COVID-19 issues may affect supply of materials or if workers on-site are infected with the virus.  Hopefully this will not be the case and all precautions are being taken in respect to these matters.


  • New Constellation Park Playground

New Playground equipment is currently being installed at Constellation Park.  This is the first stage of developments for Constellation Park, with a bike track, especially for smaller children, being proposed in the 2020/2021 financial year as Stage 2.


  • Yilgarn Recreation Centre – Asbestos Removal

This project is now complete after two stages.  All asbestos sheeting on the roof and façade has been removed with a new metal façade replacing the previous one.  New entrance signage is currently being planned and funds will be allocated in the 2020/2021 Budget to complete the look of the building.


  • Automatic Doors Installed at Southern Cross General Practice

Council has installed automatic entrance doors to the Southern Cross General Practice.  The installation is very opportune at this time and alleviates the need for patients to touch door handles when entering the Surgery.


It is business as usual at the Shire, even if some of our inside staff are working from home.  Our construction, maintenance and gardens personnel are undertaking their normal duties, albeit with some social distancing measures being in place.


Please feel free to contact any of Council’s Management team on matters pertaining to their particular portfolios on 90491 001:-


Cameron Watson – Executive Manager Corporate Services

Robert Bosenberg – Executive Manager Infrastructure

Grayson Hindmarsh – Executive Manager Regulatory Services


Peter Clarke



SHIRE NEWS - 31 March 2020

As a measure to ensure the continued provision of ongoing essential Shire services during this period of uncertainty, the Council Administration will be closed to “walk in” patrons from Monday 6th of April. 

This reduction in service will enable restrictions on the number of people waiting in reception and allow some of the Administration staff to self-isolate and undertake most of their duties from home.

To ensure services are maintained the following provisions will be implemented:



Transport licensing transactions will only be undertaken by Council staff on Wednesdays and bookings are essential.  If you have a complex transport licensing transaction such as Seasonal Licences please contact the Shire on 9049 1001 to discuss your requirements and if necessary, make an appointment. 

If your transaction is a simple renewal of your Vehicle Registration or Drivers Licence then please see your renewal notification for how to complete your transaction online or over the phone.

Paying an account online:

Paying an account over the phone: 1300 655 322 (24-hour service)



For those patrons of TransWA who are unable to complete their bookings online or over the phone, Council staff can assist however, please call ahead on 9049 1001 to discuss your booking and make an appointment.

TransWA travel can be booked at:

Online bookings:

Phone bookings and enquiries: 1300 662 205



For the foreseeable future, the Community Resource Centre will be providing reduced services with the Library and Computer Room being closed to the public.

The Centre will be opening on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for two hours per day between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm to maintain the provision of Centrelink services to the Yilgarn Community.

No bookings are required, however if more than one patron is in attendance at any time, the patrons not being served will be requested to wait outside of the building.


Peter Clarke

Chief Executive Officer


27 March 2020

The Westonia/Yilgarn Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) met on Thursday, 26 March to discuss the preparedness of the communities of Westonia and the Yilgarn district in relation to COVID-19.  The meeting was attended by all emergency management agencies and major mining representatives with productive information being provided to ensure that our communities are prepared as we can be in the event of an outbreak.  The LEMC will now meet on a monthly basis, or as required, to ensure information is being disseminated between agencies and for the benefit of the community.     


Residents are encouraged to keep abreast of the updates being provided from the relevant State Government Departments and continue to take the necessary precautions as advised by our health professionals.


The following is a list of links to online resources and information that may be useful for residents to access:-


  • WALGA,-Events-and-Publications/Media/COVID-19

  • Department of Health WA

  • State Government

  • Department of Education

  • Shire of Yilgarn


The Shire of Yilgarn Office continues to be open for business however, this may change in the future dependent upon progression of COVID-19 but essential services will be maintained.


Regular updates will continue to be provided in future editions of “Crosswords”.



Cr Wayne Della Bosca                                                                        Peter Clarke

Shire President and Chair                                                                 Chief Executive Officer

Shire of Yilgarn

Local Emergency Management Committee 


13 March 2020

Residents would have been receiving regular updates via the media and Federal and State Governments regarding the COVID-19.


Council urges all residents to keep abreast of these updates and take the necessary precautions as advised by our health professionals.


On a local level, the Shire of Yilgarn will be convening a meeting of its Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC), which is made up of representatives from all emergency authorities to ensure that locally, the Shire is also ready to respond where necessary to COVID-19 should an outbreak occur within the district.


The Shire of Yilgarn has a responsibility under the Western Australian Government’s Pandemic Plan to-:


Local Emergency Management Committees – s.39 of the EM Act

  • Advise and assist the relevant local government in ensuring that local emergency management arrangements are established for its district
  • Liaise with public authorities and other persons in the development, review and testing of local emergency management arrangements
  • Carry out other emergency management activities as directed by the SEMC or prescribed by the regulations.


Local government authorities

  • Ensure that effective local emergency management arrangements are prepared and maintained for their districts
  • Manage recovery following an emergency affecting the community in their districts
  • Ensure continuity of essential local government services
  • Work with the WA Government in supporting national arrangements outlined in the National CD Plan.

 Regular updates will now be provided in “Crosswords” for residents information.


Cr Wayne Della Bosca                                                      Peter Clarke

Shire President and Chair                                               Chief Executive Officer

Shire of Yilgarn

Local Emergency Management Committee 


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