16-03 City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Covid-19 Response Update

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Covid-19 Response Update

16-03 City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Covid-19 Response Update The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is continuing to follow the advice of the WA Health Department as it responds to the evolving Covid-19 pandemic situation.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said that the City was working to ensure that it had contingencies in place for the eventuality of a Covid-19 outbreak in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. 
“Whilst there are still no confirmed cases in Kalgoorlie-Boulder at this time, we are continuing to put in place steps to minimise the opportunities for the spread of the virus should it reach Kalgoorlie-Boulder,” Mr Walker said.
“This includes the cancellation of all our seniors activities and events for the foreseeable future, including the weekly activities at the Eastern Goldfields Community Centre, and the Morning Melodies performances at the Goldfields Arts Centre, to ensure we are protecting the most vulnerable members of our community.
“Whilst we will continue with the provision of Meals on Wheels to clients, these will be delivered by staff rather than volunteers. Frozen meals will be available for purchase from the Community Centre by seniors.
“All of the Commonwealth Home Support Services provided by the City through the Eastern Goldfields Community Centre are going ahead as usual at this time, and we are putting measures in place which staff will discuss with clients.
“We are taking steps to ensure social distancing amongst employees and Elected Members, and are toughening our stance on contractors, including reducing the number of contractors and consultants from outside of Kalgoorlie-Boulder we are bringing to town, and carrying out meetings via phone and video conferencing instead.  
“We have also developed a protocol for Elected Members to ensure that there are plans in place for them to continue to function safely in their role within the community. A further communication will be released once this is endorsed by Council.
“We are continuing to adhere to the government’s advice regarding mass gatherings, and are looking at the impact that this will have on the City’s operations, events and activities now and in the coming months. We will not be running any events during National Youth Week, and we are in discussion with The Big Bounce Australia regarding their national tour arrangements, and at this stage we are uncertain as to whether the event will progress as scheduled,” he said.
“We will continue to share key information from the Department of Health, and any changes to service provision by the City and at all of our facilities with the community via our website and social media channels.”