UPDATE: 1 May, 2020
Herron Point campgrounds reopened as of 2 May, 2020.
The site can accommodate up to 25 camp sites (caravans, tents or camper trailers) – with each individual campsite permitting a maximum of two adults and four children.
Campers must adhere to current social distancing and gathering requirements, and if not observed a review on the number of maximum sites will be undertaken.
Pre-bookings will not be accepted, with camping only available on a first come, first served basis.
Further facility closures including the Shire of Murray Administration Office, have been effected following tighter restrictions imposed by the Australian Government to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
As of 4:30pm Wednesday 25 March, the Shire of Murray Administration Office closed to the public.
According to Chief Executive Officer Mr. Dean Unsworth, the building closure does not affect service provision, with officers still contactable via email firstname.lastname@example.org and phone 08 9531 7777 and a number of online services also available.
Waste collections and works requests are unaffected and the Corio Road and Dwellingup transfer stations remain open.
Works requests can be submitted online at murray.wa.gov.au/apply-request-online or by calling or emailing the request through to the Shire and will continue to be prioritised according to the risk posed to the community.
For lost or new tip passes, residents are encouraged to call the Shire in the first instance to determine their eligibility and pending advice, may then access the transfer station by providing an assessment number, drivers license or ID.
Firewood permits can be purchased online at https://shop.dbca.wa.gov.au/products/firewood-permit.
Invoices and rate notices can be paid online at murray.wa.gov.au/pay-online and cat and dog registrations forms can be downloaded at murray.wa.gov.au/documents-and-publications in the Forms and Applications drop down, with the completed form returned via email to email@example.com and payment made via phone, post (cheque or money order) or credit card.
The March Council Meeting scheduled for 26 March will now take place via teleconference, in line with new regulations introduced by the State Government allowing Council Meetings to continue electronically during a public health emergency or state of emergency.
Members of the public can submit questions to be dealt with during the public question time section of the meeting, by downloading a form available at murray.wa.gov.au/agendas-minutes-appendices and returning the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org before 4:00pm on the day of the meeting. Questions can also be called through to 08 9531 7777 before 4:00pm on the day of the meeting.
The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers. The Shire discourages attendance by members of the public and will post the minutes online as soon as possible, within the week following the meeting.
Herron Point Campground closed to new visitors as of 10:00am Wednesday 25 March and as of 11:59pm all community halls will close.
The Pinjarra 24-hour Free Stay Area in Pinjarra-Williams Road has also closed.
To assist at risk community members facing difficulties and increasing isolation, the neighbour-to-neighbour program is being rolled out in Murray.
By visiting yoursay.murray.wa.gov.au, Murray residents can identify themselves and advise the support they require. A hard copy form is available via the link. Residents can also call the Shire to identify themselves.
This opportunity is especially available for high risk community members including the elderly, individuals living with disabilities and the immunocompromised.
The program is a collaboration between community groups and associations, government agencies and the Shire of Murray.
“It is important that we do all we can to slow the spread of COVID-19, so over the coming months, limit interactions with others by staying home as much as possible, only leaving for essential travel.
“In these times of isolation we can be comforted by the strength and resilience of our community and should show kindness and look out for fellow residents wherever we can, ‘e’ checking-in with our neighbours, family and friends as often as we can.
“Through unity in approach we can combat this virus and its devastating impact,” Mr. Unsworth said.
To view other facility closures already in effect as well as the Shire’s full response to the COVID-19 pandemic click here.