Statement from Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan

These are unprecedented times with so much uncertainty as the situation rapidly evolves.

The City will continue to prioritise the health and safety of our people and the wider community in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As a result of last night’s Federal Government advice, the decision has been made this morning to close the following City facilities as of midday today:

• South West Sports Centre

• Bunbury Public Libraries

• Bunbury Regional Art Gallery

• Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre

• Bunbury Wildlife Park

• Bunbury Visitor Centre

Staff at these facilities will continue to be transparent and provide information to their members and those impacted by the closures.

Given the large number of casual staff employed at these facilities, provisions are being made to support these officers and re-deploy them to other areas of the City’s operations where possible.

The City of Bunbury administration building remains open with strict hygiene and social distancing measures in place.

From tomorrow Tuesday 24 March the City’s ticketed parking metres and PayStay monitoring will no longer be in operation.

This measure has been considered for public health reasons to lessen the risk of possible transmission and to continue to support our business community however possible.

Community safety officers will continue to monitor time limits and we implore those in the community to do the right thing and think about those with accessibility challenges when parking.

Public toilet facilities that are considered low traffic will also be closed from tomorrow.

This process will assist with the prioritisation of cleaning and sanitary items to higher traffic and essential public facilities.

The City’s Emergency Coordination Team has been meeting regularly in order to plan and implement business continuity processes across the City’s operations.

This is about identifying and safeguarding critical tasks to ensure these functions continue in the event of major disruptions to the City’s workforce.

I have been inspired by what I am seeing within our community and I’m sure this community spirit will prevail.

I encourage those who are able, to continue to support our local businesses by any means available.

Let’s keep working together during this challenging time.