As we are witnessing, the COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly evolving.
The City’s COVID-19 taskforce is meeting regularly to support the Kalamunda Leadership Team, which is coordinating our pandemic response and has done an excellent job to date.
Our priority is keeping our people and our communities well while continuing to deliver essential services. In line with various health and government recommendations, we are playing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and will adjust our work practices
For further advice please visit the WA Government website: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/coronavirus-covid-19.
To view Department of Health Australia and World Health Organisation information in other languages, visit the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Multilingual Resource Library: https://www.ethnolink.com.au/covid-19-coronavirus-translated-resources/
Below are some frequently asked questions in relation to the COVID-19 and City services
From 18 May, restrictions have been further relaxed as part of the COVID-19 WA roadmap to
help get Western Australians back to work safely and begin the process of restarting the State’s economy.
See WA State website for full details: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-wa-roadmap
Every Western Australian needs to play their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means following good hygiene habits and social distancing.
For more information see Australian Government advice for social distancing.
These restrictions are in place from 18 May, as part of the COVID-19 WA roadmap.
Social distancing, good hygiene and the 4 square metre rule apply to all activities.
Return to work
Western Australians are encouraged to return to work, unless they are unwell or vulnerable.
Restrictions relaxed, with travel allowed:
Travel exemptions are still required to enter WA and travel between the 4 regions.
Fitness and recreation
Advice for business
Businesses across Western Australia need to comply with conditions outlined in the COVID Safety Guidelines and prepare a COVID Safety Plan before
they re-open, to protect staff and customers.
For more information on Phase 2 easing of restrictions please read WA Government's frequently asked questions.
Elite athletes, part of the Western Australian Institute of Sport, can resume training as part of a staged return to operations following an exemption to the WA State of Emergency Closure and
Restrictions Directions. Stage 1 will cover selected elite athletes across of range of competition selection trials for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Training will take place at HBF Stadium, WA Athletics Stadium, WAIS High Performance
Service Centre, Swan River and Fremantle waters. All training will be strictly controlled and conducted within all COVID-19 WA Government restrictions and guidelines with emphasis placed on health and hygiene of all athletes and staff.
For more information
see Closure and Restriction (Elite athlete training) Modifications Directions.
From Friday, 1 May, campgrounds within national parks, reserves and State forests opened for bookings again, following the cautious easing of some restrictions. Regional travel restrictions still apply, meaning campers can only camp within their regional boundaries. The change applies to most of the 268 campgrounds managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, including huts along the Bibbulmun Track and Munda
Biddi trail. Key attractions, tours and facilities such as the Tree Top Walk and Monkey Mia experience remain closed for now. Remote national parks in the Kimberley will also remain closed until changes are made to Kimberley travel restrictions.
From Friday 1 May, campground online bookings can be made:
Non-bookable campgrounds will continue to operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
Campers using shared campground facilities should continue to practise social distancing, good hygiene and the 4 square metres per person rule. Picnic and recreational areas at dams managed by Water Corporation remain closed.
The Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions, issued under the Emergency Management Act 2005, specifies a range of “prohibited
gatherings” “affected places” and “prohibited activities” that are either restricted from operating, limits their activity or provides an exemption.
If a type of “affected place” or “prohibited activity” is not specifically listed in a Direction, then it can continue to operate as long as there is compliance with social distancing requirements.
A business owner/operator needs to consider the nature of their services and assess whether their services or premises are captured by the Directions.
Food and drink
Beauty and personal care services
Leisure and recreation
Recreational fishers who have crayfish pots set in waters off Rottnest Island will be granted restricted access to the area's exclusion zone to collect their equipment, under supervision from Rottnest Island Authority rangers.
Disembarking on the island itself is strictly forbidden, and recreational fishers must register with Rottnest Island Authority rangers by contacting +61 (0)8 9372 9788 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Access for recreational fishers will be dependent on weather conditions and ranger availability. Fishers are permitted to access the exclusion zone for the purpose of retrieving their equipment only — with no further fishing or other recreational activity allowed. Rottnest Island and its surrounding waters have been off limits to the public since 25 March, with the island being used as part of the State's response to COVID-19.
Protecting the elderly is a priority. Visits to aged care facilities are limited to:
You should not enter the facility if you have:
For further information see Visitors to Residential Aged Care Facilities Directions No 2.
Nationally consistent provisions have been implemented to restrict the number of people attending a funeral to no more than 10 people. These provisions were amended on 7 April 2020. Under the provisions:
Social distancing requirements must still be observed at any funeral.
Find out more about restrictions on the number of people at funerals.
Guide for funerals and Sorry Business
To help manage the impact of large gathering restrictions on Aboriginal people, the WA Department of Health has also released a Guide for Funerals and Sorry Business during the coronavirus pandemic (PDF, 965kb)
Restrictions on regional travel and entry into WA are in place to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
For more information visit COVID-19: Advice on travelling to and around Western Australia.
You may be tested if you:
There are COVID Clinics operating at:
COVID-19 testing clinics locations
The WA Government is encouraging residents to download the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app.
At least 40% of Australians need to use the app to make it functionally effective. Downloading the app is voluntary, but it is highly recommended by the Chief Medical Officer. It will help keep our community safe and ensure we can get back to normal as
quickly as possible. Reasons to use the app:
All information is stored locally on your phone and any other access or use of the data will be a criminal offence. Once the pandemic is over and the app is no longer needed, the app and all its data will be deleted permanently.
Get vaccinated for influenza
There is no vaccination for COVID-19, but there is for influenza. It is more important than ever to be vaccinated this year — especially if the influenza season overlaps with COVID-19 cases. $400,000 has been set aside for free influenza vaccinations
for primary school aged children. A ‘drive through’ influenza clinic will be established in late May 2020 for some at-risk community members. Read more about protecting yourself and others from influenza.
If you are experiencing heightened levels of anxiety or stress due to the pandemic, you can access resources and more information at the Think Mental Health website.
Visiting hours at Western Australian public hospitals have been tightened to limit the flow of people through hospitals, better protecting patients and staff.
Western Australian public and private hospitals are currently operating at a quarter of their usual elective surgery activity. Category 1 surgeries have been maintained throughout the COVID-19 coronavirus response and will continue to proceed as
normal. Category 2 patients will be prioritised, in particular those cases that were previously cancelled during the scale back of elective surgery in March and April. Patients are asked not to contact hospitals, as they will be contacted directly
by the relevant hospital. The impact of elective surgery will be closely monitored and reviewed to ensure hospitals are able to meet demand due to any potential increase in COVID-19 cases in the coming months.
Support for people with a disability
If you receive services from a disability provider, contact your provider if you require additional support as a result of COVID-19. If you are connected to the Department of Communities, call (08) 6167 8000 or 1800 998 214 for assistance. If you are
connected to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), call 1800 800 110. If you have been instructed to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19 and need assistance with accommodation, food or other essential items, you can call the Disaster Response
Hotline on 1800 032 965. An essential shopping and delivery service is also available. See information under Cahoots Connects for more.
From 20 April, an essential shopping and delivery service called Cahoots Connects is available to support individuals isolated in their homes. The service will be provided by non-profit organisation Cahoots, in partnership with the Department of Communities,
National Disability Services, suppliers and retail partners, including supermarkets and pharmacies. For more information visit the Cahoots website or call 1300 103 880.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Measures have been introduced to support NDIS participants and providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
For more information visit the NDIS website.
Accessing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has published new information on how disability service providers can access PPE.
Encouraging positive choices during COVID-19
Western Australians are urged to make positive choices in a new Alcohol.Think Again education campaign. The WA Government has invested $330,000 into the campaign to help people reduce their risk of alcohol-related harm during the COVID-19 pandemic. nThe
campaign provides practical tips for Western Australians to keep within low-risk drinking limits and reduce their risk of alcohol-related harm. This is particularly important throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and upcoming flu season, as alcohol consumption
can weaken the immune system. The WA Government is also providing more support across WA to clinicians who do not specialise in alcohol and drug issues to assist their patients.
The new Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service is a dedicated phone line for health professionals and will be provided by the Mental Health Commission’s experienced addiction medicine specialists. For anyone concerned about their own or a loved
one’s alcohol or drug use, the Alcohol and Drug Support Line is available 24 hours a day for information and support on 61 8 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 for country callers. For more information visit the Alcohol.Think Again website.
The WA Government has enforced important laws to protect victims of family and domestic violence who are at an increased risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The changes include:
New laws to protect family violence victims during COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illness in humans and animals. Human coronavirus illnesses are generally mild, such as the common cold.However, some coronaviruses can cause severe diseases, such as Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome (SARS), which was identified in 2002, and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which was identified in 2012.
This is a new coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. It hasn’t previously been identified in humans. COVID-19 is closely related to SARS, and in the same family of viruses as MERS.
Symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough and/or shortness of breath, like the symptoms of the common cold. In severe cases, the virus can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress. From what we know now about COVID-19, the symptoms can
occur between 2 and 14 days from exposure to the virus.
Transmission from person to person
COVID-19 can be spread from person to person. This can happen when a person comes into contact with the respiratory secretions of an infected person, for example, through coughing or sneezing. Spread of COVID-19 from person to person is usually between
close contacts. Close contacts are those people who have been face-to-face with a person infected with the virus for at least 15 minutes, or have been in the same closed space for at least 2 hours with an infected person.
There is no specific treatment for COVID-19 and, in most cases, symptoms will resolve on their own.
There are no available vaccines for COVID-19 at this time.
The WA Government has introduced measures to provide relief to Western Australian families and small businesses, and help support the State’s economy to respond to COVID-19.
For more information see the support for households in response to COVID-19 fact sheet.
Residential tenants and landlords
The WA Government has also committed $30 million for grants of up to $2000 for residential tenants who have lost their job and are facing financial hardship. These one-off grants will be paid direct to landlords, on behalf of tenants experiencing financial
hardship. They provide the equivalent of 4 weeks’ rent, capped at $2000. This is intended to provide an incentive for landlords to renegotiate rental agreements with tenants who have lost their job and are facing financial hardship. The
residential rent relief grants will be administered through the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), with the grants scheme available for 6 months from 29 March 2020. More information on eligibility criteria and how to apply for the residential relief grant.
To qualify for these commercial and residential grants, landlords must agree not to seek to recover this rent relief from tenants at the end of the period.
Laws to provide support for tenants and landlords
A 6 month moratorium on residential tenancy evictions has now become law. The laws implement the decision of the National Cabinet and are designed to prevent tenants from having to move out or being made homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other
elements of the laws include:
For more information see the:
Business and the economy Small businesses across Western Australia are the lifeblood of our communities, and right now they need your business to keep them going during this difficult time. For more information visit the How you can support small business page.
The first thing to do is to reach out and get in contact with us. We understand that these are difficult times.
The City offers an option to pay your rates in smaller amounts over a longer period via direct debit, on a weekly or fortnightly basis for those who are having trouble. This means a small amount of money comes out of your bank each week or fortnight, depending on what suits you best. Payments can commence to coincide when you are paid or when you receive government assistance.
To take advantage of this Smarter Way to Pay, or for more details please contact the City Rates Department on (08) 9257 9999 or email us at email@example.com.
Ratepayers who hold a full Concession Card ( Age Pension) are able to defer their rates. Please email the team to discuss deferring your rates.
Additionally The State Government has announced a $607 million stimulus package to support WA households and small businesses in the wake of COVID-19. The package includes a freeze on increases to household fees and charges until at least 1 July 2021.
This decision means that Western Australian households won't have to pay more for water in 2020-21 than they do now. If you are having difficulty paying your water or electricity please contact your provider to discuss payment options.
The City of Kalamunda has responded with the following measures now in place:
The City is also working to put a report to Council, with a Special Council Meeting to be held to consider further ways to assist ratepayers and the community manage over the coming months including but not limited to;
Outcomes regarding these suggested measures will be communicated to residents following Council assessment at a Special Council Meeting next month.
Our Ordinary Council Meeting will be held in the Council Chambers in Railway Road, Kalamunda.
The City is exploring the use of webinar software to ensure public participation can be maintained.
All non-essential internal and external face-to-face meetings have been cancelled, with staff encouraging phone or online meetings as an alternative.
The City is currently providing information and referrals for support for local businesses. View the City's business information here
The State Government has also announced a $607 million stimulus package to support WA households and small businesses. This includes $114 million in measures to support Western Australian small and medium businesses.
Small and medium sized businesses affected by COVID-19 can apply to defer payment of 2019-20 payroll tax until July 21, 2020. More information is on the WA Government website
The City will continue to provide regular updates in response to the evolving situation. Nothing has changed at this time.All of our normal waste services including bin pick up, skips and Walliston Transfer Station continue to operate
as normal. However we wish customers coming to Walliston Transfer Station to follow directions of staff regarding entry and emptying their vehicles and trailers for maintaining hygiene requirements.
NOTE: Walliston Transfer Station is limiting numbers of vehicles to seven (7) vehicles at a time. Four (4) vehicles in Green Waste and three (3) vehicles in General Waste. Residents may experience some delays and we ask all to be patient while these limitations are in place.
Yes. Our contractors have advised bin pick-up services specifically will continue. All of our normal waste services including bin pick up, skips and Walliston Transfer Station continue to operate as normal.