Wednesday, 18 March 2020


Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams has today provided assurance that the City of Mandurah would continue with essential services, including waste collection and key community support programs, as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

“Obviously the impacts of the coronavirus have been felt right across our community and will be for many months ahead,” the Mayor said.

“The City will continue to provide those essential services that the community relies on for day-to-day living, however significant changes will be made to City’s operations and programs across a number of facilities in response to government advice on infection control and social distancing.

“As of 5pm today, the Mandurah Seniors and Community Centre will be closed in order to help protect those particularly vulnerable members of our community.

“The City’s other community facilities may close at some stage in line with the Chief Health Officer and Department of Health’s advice, however, in the meantime, we’ve significantly downscaled the number of programs running out of these facilities and have introduced substantial infection control and social distancing mechanisms,” he said.

A number of changes have been made at the City’s Recreation Centres in response to the government’s updated advice. This includes the suspension of all netball, futsal and Man vs Fat competitions, and the implementation of social distancing measures and new maximum capacity rules across all wet and dry areas.

The crèche, pools and swim school lessons will continue to operate but also with new maximum capacity measures in place. The sauna is now closed.

The City’s Libraries will remain open at this stage, and some programs across facilities may be scaled down or cancelled depending on the advice in the coming days. These will be communicated on the City’s website www.mandurah.wa.gov.au and Facebook pages.

“Local Governments have an important part to play in the State response by supporting the Departments of Health and Communities to prevent the spread of the virus, protect vulnerable communities and assist with relevant support services,” the Mayor said.

“To stop the spread of misinformation, it is paramount that people access factual and reputable information on this issue, which can be found through government websites.

“Through all this, I encourage everyone to first and foremost, be good citizens. Look out for your neighbours, be there for your family, friends and colleagues, support our local businesses and play an active role in getting through this together.

“Take care of one another and be safe, because ultimately, the health and wellbeing of our community should be the number one concern for us all.”

For the latest information on COVID-19, City of Mandurah residents can go to www.wa.gov.au, the Healthy WA website (healthywa.wa.gov.au) and Facebook page, or
www.health.gov.au/

The following websites are very useful, including the actions community members can take to prevent the spread of infection:
https://www.health.gov.au/
https://www.who.int/