Maintaining essential services during COVID-19

Published on Sunday, 20 February 2022 at 6:04:00 PM

As a Local Government, the Shire of Ashburton provides a number of key and essential services to the community.

With the current COVID outbreak in Tom Price, we would like to advise the community that we are committed to maintaining business-as-usual as much as possible.

However we can expect some disruption to our day to day lives as the coming weeks unfold and we ask the community to be understanding at this time.

We expect that more people will be required to isolate due to close contact status, as well as take time off to care for ill or isolating family members and also to potentially recover from the virus.

This will have a roll-on effect across our close-knit towns and the services that can be delivered.

The Shire of Ashburton has been planning for such an event as part of our COVID business continuity. Where possible we will have staff move within departments and services areas for increased support to ensure we are able to maintain delivery to the community.

There will be some areas that require specialist skills and qualifications that will have to operate in a limited capacity or close temporarily. We will endeavour to ensure any closures to our facilities are for as short a time as possible.

Please see below operating hours for Vic Hayton Memorial Pool in the coming days. Tom Price swimming pool will reopen tomorrow, Monday 21 February at reduced operating hours this week as below.

  • Monday 21 February 12pm – 8pm
  • Tuesday 22 February 12pm- 8pm
  • Wednesday 23 February 12pm-8pm
  • Thursday 24 February 12pm – 8pm
  • Friday 25 February 5.30am-6.30pm
  • Saturday 26 February 8am – 6pm

It is also important to check in on our neighbours, fellow community members and colleagues who are in isolation to ensure they are ok and to demonstrate those community values that are at the heart of our towns.

We are working with industry partner Rio Tinto in Tom Price to assist with screening and testing operations being available to affected community members.

We are also participating in daily incident meetings with State agencies so that we can provide up to date information and continue to work with community groups to ensure public health and safety is a priority.

To help keep our community safe, you should:

  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Continue to check in with ServiceWA, SafeWA or contact registers
  • Stay home if you feel unwell
  • Adhere to the new public health and social measures that come into place from tomorrow, Monday 21 February.

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