COVID-19

COVID-19

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is working with staff, contractors and service providers to ensure community safety is maintained during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The City is in daily contact with the Department of Health and the Goldfields District Leadership Group, and we are basing our advice and decisions on their advice. Please follow the guidelines released by the authorities listed under the Quick Links.

The City is supporting local businesses as they plan to reopen under Phase Two easing of restrictions. For more information on what this means for your business, visit our COVID-19 Phase Two Reopening Information for Businesses.

For coronavirus information in languages other than English, please visit the FREE COVID-19 Multilingual Resource Library

Information for the Community

Department of Health

COVID-19 Statistics

CONTINUING SERVICES

Commonwealth Home Support Programs

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder will be continuing and expanding the provision of its critical Commonwealth Home Support Programs including domestic assistance and Meals on Wheels. Seniors will also have the option of purchasing additional frozen meals from the Eastern Goldfields Community Centre. Please contact them on 9021 9800 for more information. 

POSTPONED SERVICES

Goldfields War Museum
The Goldfields War Museum will be closed from Monday, 23 March 2020 until Friday, 26 June 2020.

Eastern Goldfields Community Centre
The Eastern Goldfields Community Centre is closed to the public until further notice.
Senior events and activites will be postponed until further notice. Frozen meals can be purchased from the Eastern Goldfields Community Centre. Please contact them on 9021 9800 for more information. 
 
Goldfields Art Centre
Mar 25 Morning Melodies – Tom Jones Tribute CANCELLED
Mar 31-Apr 1 The Last Great Hunt’s New Owner CANCELLED
May 2 Mother’s Day Market POSTPONED 
May 7 Heath Franklin’s Chopper – The Silencer POSTPONED
May 10 Arj Barker – We Need To Talk CANCELLED 
May 26 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Saturday exhibition opening times have also been cancelled until further notice. 

Goldfields Oasis Kalgoorlie-Boulder
The Goldfields Oasis will be closed to the public until further notice. All memberships will automatically be suspended until reopened. Any cancellation requests already received will be actioned as soon as possible.

William Grundt Memorial Library 
The William Grundt Memorial Library is open with social distancing measures in place. 
Residents can still borrow e-books and audiobooks online through the library, and can ring up to extend existing loans.
Residents can also still return Library loaned items to the external drop off point which is being regularly disinfected.

CBD Customer Service Centre
The CBD Customer Service Centre is now moved to the Kalgoorlie Town Hall. 
Residents can contact the City's Customer Service Team via phone on 9021 9600 or by email.

Support for Business

Federal, State and Local governments are providing support for small businesses affected by the novel coronavirus.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

The Australian Government has announced several economic stimulus and support packages to help the Australian economy through the challange of coronavirus (COVID-19). The packages are designed to sustain small business through this challanging period and keep employees in work. The government has stated that the measures are temporary, targets and scalable.

The main areas of support relevant to small buseinss to date are: More information on Federal Government support for businesses can be found on the Australian Government Business website

STATE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

The Western Australian Government has announced measures to support small business during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The small business relief includes:

  • $17,500 grants for small businesses with a payroll between $1 million and $4 million.
  • The $1 million payroll tax threshold (announced in October 2019) will be brought forward by six months to 1 July 2020.
  • The WA government will waive rental payments for small business and not-for-profit groups in State Government-owned buildings for six months
  • Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can apply now to defer payment of their 2019-20 payroll tax until 21 July 2020.
More information on State Government support for businesses can be found on the Small Business Development Corporation website or by calling 133 140.

Business Support and advice

Business who are experiencing financial hardship please visit Australian Tax Office website for assistance. To access the contact details for your banks financial hardship team visit The Australian Banking Association

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is committed to supporting the whole community withstand the unprecedented challenges arising from the COVID19 pandemic and recognises that these challenges will result in financial hardship for our ratepayers and other debtors who receive services from the City. Find out more about the City's Financial Hardship Policy for Debtors here.

The Government of Western Australian provide a free Business Advisory Service facilitated locally as Goldfields Business Local The Goldfields Business Local Adviser is located at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

To find out how the Federal and State government stimulus packages apply to your business you can also contact your accountant.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA are updating their website regularly with a range of practical resources to help businesses navigate the current situation.

To support the Western Australian small business community during these challenging times, the Small Business Development Corporation have launched a range of support information designed to provide you with skills and information to help you respond to any potential impact your business. These includes:
  • Restrictions on business activities and social gatherings
  • how to prepare your business
  • employer obligations
  • support and advisory services
  • free online webinars
  • free online learning portal

Useful Facebook Pages to Follow:

We encourage you to keep up-to-date as these Facebook pages and the associated websites are updated regularly.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder 
Small Business Development Corporation 
Mark McGowan MP
WA Department of Health 
WA State Government
Healthy WA

CITY OF KALGOORLIE-BOULDER SUPPORT

The City and various local business are working together to offer support that will assist the Kalgoorlie-Boulder business community identify which State and Federal COVID-19 support measures apply to them.

To find a list of our many local businesses that are offering pickup and delivery in Kalgoorlie-Boulder,
visit Support small buisness

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Information for Travellers
Support our health system – only seek medical attention if you have symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat AND:
  • have returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days OR
  • are a contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case OR
  • believe you may have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19.

Intrastate Travel Ban in Effect from 31 March 2020

The McGowan Labor Government are urging Western Australians to familiarise themselves with new intrastate travel restrictions that come into effect from 11:59pm 31 March 2020.

Western Australians will not be permitted to travel outside of their regional boundary, an important measure that will help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Some exemptions apply including travel for work purposes, attending medical appointments, transporting freight, those who do not have access to groceries or supplies within their region, returning to a place of residence, where necessary to attend school or an educational institution, caring for family members, and approved compassionate grounds. 

For more information visit here.

 

WA Border Closed from 5 April 2020

Strict border controls are now in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 with the closure of the WA border. Travellers will not be allowed to enter WA from over east unless they are an approved exempt traveller.

An exempt traveller, who will be allowed to enter WA, must perform one of the following functions; health services, emergency services, transport, freight and logistics, specialists skills (not available in WA, for industryor business continuity), national or state security and governance, and courts and judicial services. Further exemptions for compassionate grounds may also apply.

For more information visit here.
Support for the Community

$1 Billion COVID-19 Economic and Health Relief Package

The McGowan Labor Government has unveiled a $1 billion economic and health relief package to support Western Australian businesses, households and community groups, and to boost the response by health and frontline services to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes:

  • Further relief for households experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, including extension of the Energy Assistance Payment, no disconnections for power and water and additional support for Keystart customers;
  • $502 million for small businesses including a reduction in electricity bills, licences fees waived, and additional payroll tax relief;
  • New initiatives to apply until 30 September 2020;
  • An additional $500 million allocated to health and other frontline service delivery, and capacity for additional industry support;
  • Budget deferred until 8 October 2020 for Government to focus on COVID-19.
For information for parents of school aged children and those in childcare.


City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder $1m Fighting Fund

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder will commit $1m from its 2019/20 Budget Surplus to assist any unforeseen or unintended financial consequences brought about by the virus that affects the Council or community organisations.
 
To read the full media release visit $1m Pledged to Support Local Groups Impacted by Covid-19.

Affected organisations are encouraged to contact Laura Dwyer on (08) 9021 9600 or email mailbag@ckb.wa.gov.au with the subject 'Community Support Covid-19'.
 

Community Health and Wellbeing

It is important that our residents stay physically and mentally healthy. 

There are a number of resources available for residents who may be experiencing stress or anxiety during these uncertain times. 

Beyond Blue
Healthy WA
Lifeline
Headspace


For more information on staying healthy and helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, visit the WA Department of Health website. 
Community Initiatives
In light of regional travel restrictions, social gathering restrictions and self-isolation, our community has adopted and in some instances, initiated innovative community engagement trends. 

Multicultural Food Garden

The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community Garden want you to share your ideas for their Multicultural Garden produce. They would particularly like to hear from ethnic groups who may require assistance with sourcing indigenous food plants from around the world, acknowledging our diverse community. 

If you would like to be involved with the Multicultural Food Garden contact Lilian Walters, Community Garden Committee Member on 0400 185 571. 

In a much broader announcement, gardening has not been cancelled. Now's the time to get outside and into the garden. Visit their Facebook page for more information. 

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community Care Collective

This Facebook group provides an online platform for the famous Goldfields spirit to shine, to connect and support both those in need and those willing to help out. We aim to help each other through a global health pandemic (and beyond!).

This was born from a couple of caring members of the community who wanted to take action at a local level to bring people together during a health crisis. 

The group is supported by local members of Parliament Kyle McGinn MLC and Kyran O'Donnell MLA, as well as Kalgoorlie-Boulder Volunteer Centre and Goldfield's Women's Health Care Centre. This cross-industry approach ensures our most vulnerable are being supported at all levels. This can be from sharing positivity and human connection (1.5m apart of course), all the way to offering assistance with groceries, and hooking people up with support services. 

The platform is also ensuring everyone knows where to go to access mental health services through active promotion. 

The hashtag #BeABuddy is being used to generate awareness and volunteers. Visit their Facebook group for more information. 

Love For The Elderly

Our nursing homes are in need of pen pals to keep residents connected while they are in lockdown. Many residents are isolated from family and friends and have been for some time. 

If you would like to make someone's day, no matter your age, please reach out to Aged Care Coordinator Naomi Rivo via Facebook, or post your letter to PO Box 8041, Hannans 6433 and you'll gladly be assigned a pen pal. 

This forms part of a broader project #lovefortheelderly recognised globally.

Follow The Rainbow Goldfields

Follow the Rainbow Goldfields is part of a nationwide movement to bring colour to our footpaths and create an attraction for children to engage with during the current climate. 

The project has been inspired by after every storm, there's a rainbow - a silver lining, creating a sense of shared hope, joy and happiness. 

There are over 1,200 participating families within Kalgoorlie-Boulder. To get involved, visit their Facebook group. 

Kalgoorlie Drive-By Party 

This Facebook group has been developed to recognise and celebrate special occasions, given social restriction. The group encourages drive-by celebrations for all community members with plenty of horn tooting, decorated signs and singing to spread joy. 

To get involved, visit their Facebook group. 

Driveway Drinks

A physically distant community non-gathering, each Sunday from 6pm to 7pm whereby residents setup a picnic on their driveway, keep their spirits up and support each other. 

Many Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents are utilising the platform to get to know their neighbours, and invite them to participate. 

Teddy Bear Hunt

The Teddy Bear Hunt, now forming part of the Follow the Rainbow initiative, encourages families to spread joy and offer an activity for children by displaying a teddy bear in the front window of their homes, creating a trail or teddy bear hunt. 

 

Golden Mile Art Exhibition Group

The Golden Mile Art Exhibition Group has announced the Community Art Prize will be going digital with a virtual community exhibition. For more information, visit their Facebook page. 

In This Together

Together with mental health organisations, experts and leaders, the National Mental Health Commission has developed #InThisTogether - a national conversation sharing practical tips online to support the mental health and wellbeing of Australians during the current situation. 

The Commission is encouraging Australians to embrace the global call of #InThisTogether and has worked closely with mental health organisations across the country and experts in the field to develop a set of practical tips to support our mental health and wellbeing. This campaign also calls on Australians to actively follow and share the tips whilst remaining socially and emotionally connected with family, friends, neighbours and their community. 

For more information, visit their website

Do you know of any other community initiatives?

If you would like to add a community initiative to the list, please contact the City with the details at mailbag@ckb.wa.gov.au
Public Health State of Emergency Directives